Credit: Celtic Connections

With this year’s edition o the Celtic Connections Festival stairting at the end o this month, the organisers hiv released the followin update in relation tae Covid-19 disruption:

“It is with a heavy heart that we confirm a number of shows and elements within the Celtic Connections 2022 programme are no longer able to go ahead. We are in the process of contacting impacted artists regarding cancellations and expect the majority of shows to be affected by restrictions in some way.”

“Our ambition for the 29th edition of the festival was to bring everyone together once again, however the uncertainty and disruption caused by the Omicron variant has meant it is not feasible for us to continue with our existing plans on the scale we had originally hoped.”

“Artists and ticketholders for the shows affected so far are being contacted directly and we would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support and patience.”

“We are also encouraging all artists impacted to apply to the Creative Scotland COVID-19 Cancellation Fund for Creative Freelancers to help with financial support during this difficult and uncertain time.”

“We have not come to these decisions lightly and are committed to presenting a form of the festival which brings the connection and joy of Celtic Connections to audiences, while being both feasible and safe for all involved.”

“We are currently working through many different scenarios and options and reviewing all shows in line with existing event restrictions. We will continue to keep our audiences up to date as the plans for Celtic Connections 2022 evolve.”

Celtic Connections 2022 is taking pairt between the 29th January and the 6th February. Mair information is available on the Celtic Connections website.