2020 Vocal Asia Festival will be postponed to summer 2021

Posted by Vocal Asia editors

Dear a cappella fans around the world:

We are extremely sorry to announce that due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, Vocal Asia Festival 10th Edition, which was supposed to take place from August 13-16, 2020 at Dadong Arts Center in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, will be postponed to summer 2021.

We have been looking forward to this 10th edition of VAF, with lots of events and fun ideas planned for you to get a whole new festival experience.  However, the unexpected and rapid development of the virus outbreak affected the festival preparation in various ways in the past weeks.  First of all, the safety and health of all VAF staff and participants have been our biggest concern since the beginning.  Secondly, the Taiwanese government has recently suspended all entry for non-citizens into the country. This undoubtedly is going to have a major impact on VAF, one of the biggest international festivals in Asia.  Although being scheduled for the month of August only, the uncertainty of the travel plans, as well as the future development of the outbreak, have made the preparation process extremely difficult.  After a serious discussion considering all aspects of the current situation, we have come to the conclusion to postpone the festival.

We still believe that our voices are connected closely to each other, despite the movement of social distancing and the fact that we will not sing together at VAF this year.  Vocal Asia will take this opportunity to create more possibilities to bring everyone together on this online platform, and prepare ways for you to learn and share music in a safe and convenient environment.

We would like to thank all the instructors, festival teams, regional representatives and advisors, and participants for your understanding, and the support of Kaohsiung Government, Ke-Hua Foundation, and all the aca friends from around the world.  Let’s not forget that our voices are able to connect and help each other walk through this tough time together.  Let’s continue to sing, share, and care for one another in the best way possible.

See you next year - in person!

Vocal Asia CEO Wuming Chen



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