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Studio Fair cancelled

Studio Fair is the latest, and one of the largest, community events to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Regretfully, due to the current health crisis, the (Community Arts Council) has made the decision to not proceed with the show this year,” according to a statement issued this morning. “Current regulations prohibit large public gatherings and events, and our organization wishes to highlight the importance of community groups and businesses prioritizing public health as being foundational to planning programs and events this year.”

Studio Fair, held in early November, is a signature arts and cultural event in the community and has operated for 44 years.

Local art guilds and community groups along with artisans from all over the country have built Studio Fair into a highly respected and sought-after event.

Last year, more than 12,000 people attend the three-day event, and through their attendance, generously supported local and regional arts groups.

Studio Fair is also the major annual fundraiser for the Prince George & District Community Arts Council/Studio 2880 (CAC), as well as the largest artisan show of its kind in northern B.C.

As an alternative to the live event, the CAC is currently exploring opportunities to create a Studio Fair online marketplace and will be assessing needs and viability, as well as opportunities for partnerships in this initiative, over the coming weeks.

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