As you know, the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak has had significant impacts that are still developing today. In response to the global pandemic, health authorities regionally and nationally have taken steps to slow the spread of the disease, including cancelling any large gatherings and restricting international travel.
That said, it is with a very heavy heart that we announce the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival 2020 is cancelled. We understand and appreciate that festivals like VanCAF are so important to the livelihood of artists and creators, are a great way to connect and meet new people, and a meaningful opportunity to volunteer within a passionate and dedicated community.
At the moment, VanCAF staff, Vancouver Comic Arts Association board members, and VanCAF volunteers are working hard to recalibrate the festival. We are exploring alternative ways to share and promote the incredible work of artists and creators, including adapting certain workshops and panels to be online, a digital artist alley, and more.
Since this is a turbulent and confusing time, we thank you for your patience while we explore new digital ways to bring you comic artists’ work, share their skills, and organize new comic events once feasible.
If you have any ideas surrounding different strategies for promoting and supporting the Vancouver comics community, we would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org! We are inspired by other festivals and events in the creative ways they have changed and adapted, and we hope to do the same.
Exhibitors who have paid for a table will be given the option of a full refund, or for us to hold onto their payment until VanCAF 2021 and guarantee them a spot without having to reapply. Exhibitors have been contacted directly, but please contact email@example.com to state a preference either way.
We sincerely hope everyone stays safe and healthy during this uncertain time. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions or concerns.
All the best,
The staff of the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival, and the board of the Vancouver Comic Arts Association