NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has made the difficult decision to cancel The End Festival due to the organisation’s current bushfire response priority and ongoing recovery requirements across the State.
The annual arts, culture and heritage event was due to be held at Hill End Historic Site near Bathurst from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 April 2020.
Executive Director of Parks Programs, Robert Quirk, said NPWS greatly values the event, but needed to prioritise responding to fire emergencies across the State.
“Given the devastating bush fires which are still very active across NSW at this time, the priority is responding to fires and the recovery of our national parks,” he said.
“Unfortunately, this scale of our challenge at the moment leaves little time or resourcing to plan and deliver the quality event our audience has come to expect.
“While the main festival is cancelled, there will still be activities taking place at Hill End on Saturday 18 April if visitors still wish to travel to Hill End and enjoy all the village has to offer.”
“Fires have not affected Hill End and this wonderful historic location is fully open and available for visitors”.
We continue to encourage visitors interested in Hill End to visit this charming historic village in Central NSW at any time of year.”
Customers who have already booked accommodation at NPWS campgrounds will be contacted and given the option to cancel their trip and receive a refund.
For those still planning to visit Hill End, a performance by French jazz musician Laura Clauzel will be held at the Royal Hall on Saturday 18 April. Tickets will be available from mid-February.