A MESSAGE TO THE FAERIEWORLDS & FAERIECON COMMUNITY
As we are sure you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the events business. For too many outdoor festivals it has been an extinction level event, as they have been unable to survive the sudden cancellations and the severe economic impact that occurred as a result.
Unfortunately, Faerieworlds and FaerieCon have not been an exception. As owners and producers, we have been faced with literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt that at this point is insurmountable.
Any hope of restarting Faerieworlds this year has expired: a number of factors affect our ability to re-open the event we all love and care about. Horning’s Hideout is not available to us this year in a manner that we find viable, not only for us but for our community. To the best of our knowledge at this point, we also doubt that we could comply with local ordinances and health guidelines.
The pandemic has had a severe impact on musicians as well, and we are unable to acquire the necessary visas the bands require to travel to events. Finally, like so many other festivals, we are unable to get affordable insurance for our events which in itself makes them untenable. That said, we are currently considering several options that may keep the Faerieworlds dream alive in 2022. It most probably will require a new venue location and a fresh configuration of the event itself. If this is possible, please know it is our goal to have Faerieworlds remain the experience we all have come to know these past 19 years.
FaerieCon as an indoor event in a hotel may prove to be a more viable option for a restart in 2022. We don’t see it as possible this year because at this point we cannot be sure of what ordinances and health code requirements will exist in November in Baltimore. We remain confident that 2022 is viable and we would welcome a return to our host city in a beautiful new hotel Who is ready to welcome the faerie community.
We know that you, like us, have suffered and sustained the impact of this extraordinary event. We also know the Faerieworlds’ community is strong in its heart and beliefs and will not only survive but prevail. Hold on to all the wonderful memories of Faerieworlds and FaerieCon in your minds and hearts and know that all of those moments are rich and real and will empower, sustain and inspire you in the coming days.
We thank your for your years of support.
Until the Realm rises once more!
The Faerieworlds Team