COVID-19 Statement from KinkFest UK
UPDATED 6th June 2020:
We suspect this announcement will not come as a surprise to many of you. It is with heavy hearts that we have made the difficult decision to cancel KinkFest 2020.
We have held off on making this call for as long as possible, in the hopes of significant progress in the prevention and/or treatment of COVID-19. However, due to the ongoing seriousness of the pandemic, we cannot see any way in which it will be possible, safe, or ethical to run a major in-person kink event this October.
We do, however, have some good news: the team at Xtasia have kindly allowed us to carry our booking over to next year. Therefore, we are delighted to announce that KinkFest 2021 will take place at Xtasia from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 October 2021, on the assumption that the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a major issue by then.
We must acknowledge that there is a slim possibility that the event may have to be cancelled again if the pandemic is still going on in late 2021. Of course, we all very much hope there will be an effective cure or vaccine by then and we will have long returned to some semblance of normality, but please do not book any KF2021 accommodation or travel until such a time as mass gatherings are safe and legal again.
All presenters who had been accepted to teach at this year’s event will be automatically carried over for next year and we will contact those presenters very soon to confirm availability for the new date.
We’re obviously devastated that this has happened, but we feel confident that we have made the right decision for the good of public health, the safety of our community, and the eventual safe continuation of this event.
Amy, DB, Shadow and Decon
OLD COVID-19 NOTICE:
Unsurprisingly, we have been asked many times over the past few days what is going to happen with KinkFest UK 2020 in the wake of the new Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. This has been at the forefront of our minds and we felt it only fair to tell you all where we’re at right now.
We had intended to put KinkFest UK 2020 on sale on Saturday 14 March. However, the situation has worsened over the last few days and we have made the decision to postpone releasing tickets.
For the time being, KinkFest UK 2020 is NOT cancelled. However, we are delaying going on sale and we will be monitoring the situation closely over the coming weeks.
If things continue to worsen, we may have no choice but to cancel. This would be heartbreaking for us, as we pour our hearts and souls into KinkFest UK every year and pride ourselves on putting on a great event for our community. However, the safety of our friends, community, and everyone around us – especially those who are more vulnerable – must come first.
We very much hope that the public and more importantly our government will do the right things and that by October, COVID-19 will be ancient history.
Again, as of right now, KinkFest UK 2020 is not cancelled. But please do not book any accommodation or travel until we release tickets for sale, as the possibility of a cancellation is unfortunately very real.
Please stay safe, look after yourselves and your loved ones, and follow the guidance that will help get this pandemic under control.
We really hope we will see lots of you in October.
Amy & DB – Your KinkFest Directors