Durham BRASS was due to take place across County Durham this summer, with ten days concerts and street parties between 10 and 19 July
The Council has been obediently following the new Government lockdown laws, and they have decided to cancel BRASS.
The decision follows the cancellation of a number of other council-run events, including Bishop Auckland Food Festival, Durham Adventure Festival and Seaham Food Festival.
Last year, more than 40,000 people experienced Durham BRASS, boosting the county’s economy by hundreds of thousands of pounds and introducing new audiences to 21st century brass music from around the world.
Cllr Joy Allen said: “BRASS has been delighting audiences of all ages for more than a decade and has helped put County Durham on the cultural map, so we are sorry it can not go ahead this year.
“It is vital we follow the Government’s social distancing guidelines and our main priority is the health our communities, visitors, musicians, partners, sponsors, festival staff, and volunteers.
“BRASS is all about bringing people together, both in terms of our international line up of musicians and our wonderful Big Brass Bash parties. Sadly, this is just not possible this year. However, we know how uplifting music can be, especially during difficult times like these, and we will continue to spread the joy of BRASS through our social media channels until we can all get together again.”
For more information about how to look after your mental health and wellbeing, visit www.durham.gov.uk/covid19mentalhealth
To find out more about BRASS and to stay up to date with the latest festival news, visit www.brassfestival.co.uk.