July 30, 2021
The Burradise Festival has been postponed due to ongoing COVID-19 health restrictions across regional NSW and lockdowns in Greater Sydney. The festival will be replaced by a series of microfestivals throughout spring and summer, called 'Burradise Live', where live music, surf culture, local artists, and a celebration of the community will be the focus.
The 2021 Burradise Festival at Culburra Beach, scheduled for 24th–26 September, has been officially postponed due to ongoing health restrictions across NSW.
After a challenging couple of years of bushfire, flood and global pandemic, the long-running village festival was shaping up to be a celebration fitting of its 10-year history of live music,surf culture, food and art.
However, with current COVID-19 health restrictions continuing across regional NSW and ongoing lockdown orders inGreater Sydney, as well as the highly transmissible Delta variant, the festival’s committed team of volunteer organisers have made the difficult decision to officially cancel the event in its current format.
“Right now, protecting our community and keeping everyone safe is more important than trying to press on with the event as planned,” explained Alex McNeilly, Chair of the Board and Organising Committee.
“It’s been a tough few years, and we want this event to bring community together, open our doors to visitors and give everyone something to celebrate — now more than ever. The decision to postpone again has brought us much sadness.
“Given the current climate of uncertainty, the safety and wellbeing of our close-knit Culburra Beach community is paramount. We just need to continue the waiting game until the pandemic is under control and health restrictions ease,” he said on behalf of a passionate volunteer committee.
But the news comes with a touch of optimism and trademark regional resilience, with organisers currently considering a series of smaller, COVID-safe micro-events under the umbrella of ‘Burradise Live’.
“This year we were already looking at a new date to coincide with the start of spring school holidays and we are hoping to still be able to provide our community with a program of local events, live music, food and art shows that extends throughout the summer holiday period,”Alex explained.
“Our mission in this festival over the past decade has always been to support local artists, celebrate our coastal lifestyle, and bring community together, so we are still committed to doing this in a more controlled and safe way.”
Keep an eye on the Burradise Festival’s social media channels for updates on the Burradise Live program throughout spring 2021 and summer 2022.
Meantime, stay healthy and take care of each other.