Ann Arbor Folk Festival canceled due to COVID-19 increase

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Emmylou Harris.  - CHRIS87, SHUTTERSTOCK

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  • Emmylou Harris.

Ann Arbor Folk Festival 2022 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 increase in Michigan.

This was announced by the organizers on Friday in a post on The Ark’s website.

“Based on the current direction and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, The Ark has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Ann Arbor Folk Festival,” the organizers wrote. “Although the Folkefestivalen is the Ark’s largest annual fundraising event, and cancellation means we are losing an important source of our annual operating income, our primary concern at present is health and safety for patrons, artists, crew, staff and the wider community. ”

According to the organizers, factors that led to the decision include that one of the main names canceled and the expectation that more artists would do the same. The organizers also pointed out that COVID-19 cases are rising nationally and that the omicron wave of the virus is expected to continue to rise in the next few weeks.

Hospitals in Michigan also have capacity and understaffed, and organizations like Michigan Medicine have asked people to avoid large gatherings in the next few weeks to try to reduce the spread.

The 45th Ann Abor Folk Festival was scheduled for Friday, January 28th and Saturday, January 29th. Actors booked to perform included Emmylou Harris, Glen Hansard, Patty Griffin and Punch Brothers, among others.

Organizers say they are contacting fans for a refund, but ask to consider donating the ticket price or part of it to help support The Ark.

Several Michigan-based artists will participate in a livestream tribute to the late Nanci Griffith. Details are coming.

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