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CITY OF CHICAGO AND DCASE ANNOUNCE MAY–JUNE PROGRAMMING CANCELLATIONS DUE TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS
With regret, the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced the cancellation of four beloved annual events and what would have been a newcitywide
celebration of music. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Chicago Memorial
Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony (May 23) will be cancelled along
with three legacy music festivals: the 5th
Annual Chicago House Music Conference & Festival (May 21–24), the
35th Chicago Gospel Music Festival (May 27–30), and the 37th Annual
Chicago Blues Festival (June 5–7). Additionally, DCASE has cancelled
Chicago In Tune (May 21–June 7), a new 18-day, citywide celebration of
music that was to be a signature program of the Year of Chicago Music.
Due to the
cancellation of these major music festivals, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot
and DCASE will extend the 2020 Year of Chicago Music into 2021. TheYear of Chicago Music will continue this year and throughout next year, to amplify the excitement and momentum building across the local industry. Many of the initiatives planned for 2020 will extend into 2021 — specifically, Chicago In Tune and the return of the House music, Gospel music, and Blues festivals.
cancellations are disappointing to all of us here in Chicago,
particularly for the countless individuals who worked so hard to
organize an extraordinary Year of Chicago Music,” said Mayor Lightfoot.
“Nonetheless, these difficult but necessary steps were taken in order to
ensure the health and safety of our residents and visitors, which continues to
be our utmost priority throughout the COVID-19 crisis. As upsetting as
it is to remove these events from our calendar, we are already looking
forward to next year where we’ll be pulling out all the stops for a
festival season Chicago will never forget.”
The cancellation of these specific DCASE-run festivals is not official City guidance for other event producers; they should continue to follow the public health guidance of the CDC, City and State officials. Like
many other cultural presenters, the City of Chicago made these
difficult decisions out of an abundance of caution related to large
public gatherings and because DCASE otherwise would not have sufficient
time to plan and successfully execute these major events. DCASE
had previously cancelled its programming through May 15 in accordance
with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for large
events and mass gatherings of 50 people or more, and Governor Pritzker's subsequent ban on events with more than 1,000 attendees.
As the City continues to recognize the Year of Chicago Music, DCASE will offer digital
content and virtual concerts in lieu of the 2020 House music, Gospel
music and Blues festivals. Additionally, Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE are
presenting livestreamedperformances by local musicians on Instagram Live and Facebook every Sunday. DCASE is collaborating with Do312 to collect and promote listings of virtual concerts (do312.com/yearofchicagomusic), and Choose Chicago has curated an exhaustive list of virtual events of all kinds (choosechicago.com/things-to-do/chicago-home).
special events are Chicago summertime traditions," said Commissioner
Mark Kelly of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special
Events. "While we recognize this is disappointing news for our artists,
participants and attendees, we are committed to honoring and engaging
them in new ways — and, at this difficult time, pivoting
to advocate for and support our local arts and events sector through
the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund and many other efforts."
cancellation of larger DCASE-run events in May and June does not
necessarily impact smaller DCASE programs, DCASE festivals scheduled for
later this summer, or co-presented programs hosted by the City in
venues like Millennium Park. At this time, Millennium Park, the Chicago
Cultural Center and other DCASE-managed venues remain closed to the
public until further notice. City-run farmers markets will not open
until sometime after May 15. Additionally, the City is not issuing special event or film permits through May 15. For updates, visit chicago.gov/dcase.
Mayor Lightfoot’s order to close the Lakefront and several other public
spaces in March, Chicago’s Riverwalk will remain closed to the public.
Additionally, in accordance with the Governor’s ‘Stay at Home’ Order all
businesses along the Riverwalk will remain closed to the public
throughout the duration of the order. When the order is lifted, the
Riverwalk will reopen in accordance with Public Health guidelines, to
ensure the safety of visitors and residents alike.
For more information about the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund, and to donate or apply for funding, visit ArtsforIllinois.org.
For more information
and updates on the City’s response to COVID-19, text COVID19 to 78015,
email email@example.com or visit Chicago.gov/coronavirus.
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Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated
to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This
includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector,
independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a
framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via
the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a
worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable
cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information,
This email was sent to firstname.lastname@example.org Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, 78 E Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602, United States