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The Ann Arbor Folk Festival was canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak and a headliner slash

The Ann Arbor Folk Festival was canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak and a headliner slash

The Ann Arbor Folk Festival has been canceled for the first time in three years, according to The Ark, which is the venue.

Since January 2020, the venue has not hosted an in-person version of the multi-day event, which is one of its biggest sources of revenue. It has hosted a virtual festival.

While the Folk Festival is The Ark's largest annual fundraising event, and reorganizing means a significant contributor to our annual operating income, our main concern is for our patrons, artists, crew, and staff, according to a notification on its website.

The festival normally raised between $50,00 and $150,000 in donations, with the goal originally set at between $50,000 and $100,000, according to Barb Authier, a spokesperson for The Ark.

The Ark was canceled because one of the festival's headliners had been canceled, adding that it anticipates other artists cancellations. The venue also cited rising instances of COVID-19 and subsequent hospitalizations, as well as under-staffed hospitals as a reason behind the decision.

The Ark stated that, Michigan Medicine has made a request that people refrain from attending large indoor events over the next few weeks in order to reduce the spread of the virus and its impact on the health system.

Depending on the location of the ticket being purchased, refunds will be made through The Ark or through the Michigan Union Ticket Office.

When Michigan began to levy restrictions, the Folk Festival was originally planned for spring and summer.

The Ark said that presenting Omicron at the Hill Auditorium with covid protocols was a reasonable undertaking. Considering that the impact was uncertain in December, but it was expected to subside by mid-January. We reassessed and made our decision accordingly.

Nanci Griffith, an American singer-songwriter who died in August 2021, will appear on the Ark's website.

Headliners Glen Hansard, Punch Brothers, Emmylou Harris, and Patty Griffin were at this year's festival.

For more information on refunds or future events, visit The Ark's.

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