We have received official confirmation of the closure of the City of London Festival, effective immediately:
A statement from the City of London Festival:
“In 2014 a new direction was sought for the Festival which saw new initiatives, introduced new audiences and raised the profile. This was received with great acclaim; however, over the years the fundraising landscape has become ever more competitive and despite achieving support from a range of valued sponsors and supporters it has become increasingly difficult to attract the level of funding required to stage the annual Festival.
After consultation with the Corporation of London (the Festival’s single largest donor) it is with great sadness that we have had to take the very difficult decision to close the Festival.
The Corporation of London has undertaken to assist with all aspects of the closure.
We would like to thank all the brilliant artists and performers that have taken part in the Festival, our generous supporters, the wonderful City venues, not to mention our loyal volunteers and audience members who have supported the Festival for so long. This support for the Festival has been appreciated enormously. Most importantly we are extremely grateful to all the Festival staff that have contributed during the 53 year period to creating such a positive impact and animating the City with arts and culture each year.”