We have decided to go ahead with an online event again rather than an in-person one this year. Although we had hopes that we would be able to mount a full Glastonbury Symposium this July, unfortunately, despite the proposed British government schedule for bringing us out of restrictions, we will not be able to personally welcome you all this summer. We are sad about this, but it is a needs-must decision.
Our reasons are many but to be candid with everyone the main issues are:
- Government vagueness about indoor event rules from June means that our venue, Glastonbury Town Hall, still cannot guarantee that there won’t be at least some social distancing measures. These would make our lives difficult in terms of both practicalities and dealing with some strong feelings both ways about restrictions.
- The current travel issues from many countries mean that those of you from overseas (over a quarter of our regular audience) probably won’t be able to come, even if rules are changed last-minute.
- The possibility of further pandemic ‘waves’ still remains and could curtail things last minute in a very damaging way.
- Our publicity is now very late and we would not be able to promote the event in the manner that it deserves.
With these in mind, after much debate we felt it was better not to go ahead as usual, rather than put on a compromised event organised in trepidation.
The good news is that, as last year, we ARE holding a completely separate one-day online event on Saturday July 24th 2021. We will announce our speakers and open online bookings as soon as we can – make sure you are on our emailing list and you will be notified!
We plan to come back with all guns blazing for a full live Symposium in 2022, assuming the world is in a different place by then, and will take the opportunity to refresh the event and introduce a few innovations, which we hope will include the option of live streaming. Watch this space.
REFUNDS: For those of you who had already paid for last year’s postponed Symposium and kindly asked us to hold on to your payment for this year, we have decided that we will now give full refunds via the method by which you paid rather than carry things forward for another year (our online event will have completely separate bookings), as we will start anew in 2022. Our bookings administrator Di Brown will be organising refunds via PayPal and you will receive a confirmation in due course. If you paid by cheque please contact Di Brown with your bank details so that a transfer can be made back to your bank account.
Thanks very much for your understanding and be assured that the Glastonbury Symposium lives on.