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Festival

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In 2020, we took the difficult but right decision to postpone the Beyond the Border Festival to 2 – 4 July 2021. We know how much our audiences, artists, freelance traders, suppliers, staff and volunteers were looking forward to the festival, but we’ve been putting that energy and planning into our 2021 festival.

We are now planning a three-day festival at the National Trust Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire, from 2-4 July 2021.

We know some of you can’t wait to connect with storytellers live and we want to reassure you how Beyond the Border will be working closely with the National Trust partners to ensure we can deliver a safe festival in 2021. Here’s what we can tell you so far about the experience in 2021.

We are taking guidance from the UK and Welsh Government Guidance on Performing and Participation activities and advice from Public Health Wales regarding the spread of the novel coronavirus. We will continue to monitor the situation regularly and update our communications. Please continue to check our social channels and website for information.

What To Expect

We are really fortunate that our new home has acres of rolling fields and historic woodlands, which means that we can spread out, using up lots of space, in interesting and creative ways to create a safe and enjoyable festival and campsite area.

Our 2021 festival will be full of all the magical and escapism hallmarks audiences know and love as part of BtB, immersing you in the beautiful scenery and landmarks of Dinefwr.

We will make sure what we deliver is safe and complies with the recommended COVID distance guidelines. For 2021 we will be limiting the number of on-site camping and Campervan/Caravan tickets available. Tickets for the Weekend and onsite camping/Campervan/Caravan will be available for a limited time only.
The onsite camping and Campervan/Caravan tickets will come off sale on 31 March 2021.

In 2021 we will continue to bring together, through stories, music and outdoor arts activities international and homegrown talent inspired by the landscape, the history and the future of storytelling and our communities.

We will be celebrating a rich mix of artists, familiar faces and new voices in storytelling. There will be family stories, live music as well as opportunities to chill out and enjoy nature across the park.

We are committed to the freelance artists we programmed in 2020 and we are currently speaking with them about what we might be able to do on site in 2021, and online as well. We will be updating the programme of storytellers and their work in January 2021 on our website.

We know many of our attenders want to book for next year but might be concerned about what the next 10 months will look like. From Monday 16 November we will be using a new Box Office system and the current tickets will be on sale at the current ticket price until 30 November, 2020.

We have also updated our Terms and Conditions so if you need to Cancel your booking for whatever reason, you can, up until the day before the festival. If you do cancel your ticket you will lose only your 6% Admin Fee.

From 1 December 2020 ticket prices for weekend, and onsite Camping and Weekend tickets will be increased and will stay on sale on a first come first served basis until we reach capacity.

Because of the current situation we will be limiting the number of weekend (non-camping) and day tickets. We will be releasing a limited number from 1 April 2021 next year.

From 1 April, onsite camping tickets will not be available to buy. You can still purchase weekend and day tickets and enjoy the extensive programme, but this will be at a higher rate from 1 April 2021 and will not include on site camping.

We want to ensure when we bring the live festival to NT Dinefwr in 2021 that it is safe and comfortable for all our audiences, artists and everyone working on the festival. We will need to bring in extra facilities and safety elements which has meant that ticket prices have had to go up from 31 December 2020. If you want to save some money on the full price Weekend and Weekend and Camping ticket, please by now at the lower rate before 31 December.

We know there may be possibilities of local lockdowns and events being cancelled given the continuing situation. If the event is cancelled, we will notify you by email immediately along with instructions on what to do next.

We will have an online option for those who want to engage online, but also a straightforward procedure to either request a refund or hold onto your tickets for the live event.

Nothing beats the sense of immersion, and opening up of your very own vivid imagination like being in a buzzing tent with lots of other story lovers!  We know that being at a live event is hard to recreate –  we’ve missed it – and we are passionate about making this happen for as many people as possible next year.

Over the last few months we have been testing out new ways of creating a digital experience for audiences. We know for many reasons some of you will be unable to be with us physically at the Dinefwr site. We don’t want you to miss out and we want to connect with you. We will be creating an online weekend version of the storytelling festival which will be a ticketed event with a programme specifically created for online audiences.  More details of this will be available nearer the time.

We are working with NT Dinefwr to continue to be able to provide an accessible experience for all on site. Full details of the festival sites accessibility can be located on the Accessibility webpage

Over the forthcoming months we will be preparing to put safety measures on site and training staff. We will put in the following to help keep you safe (These will be updated regularly):

• Our staff and volunteers will have received health and safety training in relation to COVID-19.
• Visitor safety guidelines will be updated regularly on the BtB website and information will be sent out to bookers a month before the event.
• We will also have Safety Guidelines on the festival and camping site
• Social distancing measures
• Hand sanitising stations for visitors and staff.
• Increased hygiene regime and number of toilets / showers on site.
• We will be managing visitor numbers in line with public health and safety guidelines.
• Some areas of Dinefwr will be temporarily closed where social distancing cannot be implemented. We will update you on these areas nearer the time.

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit.

If you are showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you’ve been in contact with anyone who has the virus in the previous 14 days leading up to the event, we request that you don’t attend, as you may be turned away to reduce risks to other visitors and our staff.

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