The 2013 festival has been cancelled, organisers have issued the following statement:
It is with much regret that we have to inform you that there with be no Rhythms of the World festival in 2013.
As you know from our recent e-newsletter, we were told by Chartridge Conference Company (the owners of Hitchin Priory) in September 2012 that we could no longer hold the festival there. Since then, we have spoken to a number of landowners interested in hosting future festivals.
However, considering it is now February and, despite our very best efforts we have no venue confirmed, the Trustees and Group Leaders have taken the very difficult decision not to hold a festival this year. As well as not having a great deal of time between now and July, a number of key volunteers have stepped down in recent months (after years of long and loyal service) and we have not been able to fill these positions. Without these key people, we simply would not be able to raise and manage the income required to put on a festival this summer.
We know this is hugely disappointing news and it was not an easy decision. However, we are hopeful that we will secure a site for the 2014 festival very soon and will let you know when we do.
Rhythms of the World is moving from its venue at Hitchin Priory for 2013, the new venue has not yet been decided. Rhythms of the World is a huge community celebration of both local and world culture, which takes place each year in Hitchin. Completely organised by volunteers from the community it has grown to be one of the largest celebrations of world music, dance and art in the UK. You can expect performances of music, dance (and a few surprises) across seven stages, as well as a Family Area, art displays and the acoustic Icehouse Stage.
Set in a parkland area in the centre of Hitchin in Hertfordshire, the festival offers rock, pop, folk, reggae, jazz and classical music from the local area and around the world. An event for all ages and musical tastes.
Rhythms of the World (ROTW) is a registered charity (no. 1090835) led by volunteers. The charity aims to unite communities through the arts by organising an annual festival of music, dance, art and cuisine from around the World.