SPRINGFIELD (June 17, 2020) – The annual CultureFest event scheduled for 2020 has been cancelled due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event is held each September on the City Hall Plaza. It is a celebration of unity through diversity in the community and features live entertainment, vendors and cultural foods.
“As we continue through the summer, we are continually faced with many unknowns and changing recommendations related to COVID-19. It is impossible to know where we will be in September, when we would traditionally gather to celebrate Springfield’s diverse culture and heritage.” Said Shannon Meadows, City of Springfield Director of Community Development. “CultureFest has been supported by the generosity of individuals and businesses throughout our community since it was first presented 24 years ago. This year, we are unable to coordinate the fundraising and manage the logistics it takes to present CultureFest to our community due to COVID-19. Additionally, we believe it is of the utmost importance to protect the health and safety of our entire community.”
Officials will work with community partners over the coming months to find alternative ways to celebrate the diverse culture that defines Springfield’s heritage in a healthy and socially responsible manner, Meadows said.
Organizers are planning to hold the traditional event in 2021, said Meadows.