ORGANISERS of the Australian Art Deco Festival have now had to cancel their "plan B" and the event will now be no longer in 2021.
Scheduled to take place from July 2 to 4, organisers had previously canned all of the events bar four from taking place late on June 27.
With the COVID pandemic and its associated restrictions and lockdown now extending to further parts of the country, organisers have officially cancelled the remaining events, bar one exhibition.
Those cancelled events are the High Rollers at the Hydro, Bloodshed at the Banquet and the high tea planned for July 4 at the Yanco Agricultural Institute.
The Miss Fisher's Crypt of Tears exhibition will still be open for the public to view at the Leeton Museum and Gallery, opening on Friday so long as visitors abide my the mask mandate, check-ins and social distancing regulations.
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This impressive costume exhibition with behind-the-scenes details from the Crypt of Tears film, together with 1920's music and some good coffee, will make for a fabulous day out.
This is a ticketed event, with tickets available at the door ($25 per adult, $20 for seniors, $5 per school child or $50 per family of two adults and two children).
Dine and discover vouchers can be used on the day.
Leeton's Museum and Gallery can host 90 patrons at any one time under the latest Covid-19 regulations.
Leeton Shire Council's manager of cultural services Suesann Vos described the Miss Fisher exhibition as "stunning" and encouraged Riverina residents to make a point of visiting.
"You will be blown away by the incredible collection of 1920s outfits and really do get a great sense of what went on 'behind the scenes' for the Crypt of Tears movie filming," she said.
The exhibition will run through until 25 September 2021.
Council's group manager shire activation, Andrew Reilly, reflected on how disappointed everyone was and acknowledged the hard-working volunteers who had put in so much effort and the local businesses who were ready for a busy weekend in Leeton.
"While the festival and then Riverina Art Deco Revelry (plan B) weren't to be, council is not going to let this pandemic crush us," he said.
"Once the current COVID spike ends, the events and cultural services teams will look to reschedule Bloodshed at the Banquet and the High Tea, both of which had high local interest.
"COVID may have robbed us of our premier Festival, but we will still do a few things in the coming months to remind ourselves why we are the Art Deco Capital of Australia."
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