Covid Casualty – Whitianga Oceans Festival Cancelled for 2022
Written by John Grant on February 18, 2022
The organisers of the Oceans festival have announced that with great disappointment the Whitianga Oceans Festival will not go ahead in September 2022 as was planned.
The much anticipated 2021 Festival was cancelled just 2 weeks out due to Covid-19 lockdowns.
The organisers had hoped that 2022 would be easier to navigate from an event perspective, but the variant Omicron poses additional risks to the Festival as the Government can change traffic light levels with just 24-48 hours’ notice. Organisers are unable to deliver the event at the red setting which only allows for groups of 100. The Whitianga Oceans Festival takes many months to organise
and they are unable to take the risk, or bear the cost, of another cancelled event.
They acknowledge that thousands of people look forward to the annual Spring getaway in the beautiful Coromandel and share the disappointment. The Festival involves many Coromandel community groups who provide much of the music, people power and food stalls that make the Festival a truly home grown experience.
The committee thank festival goers for their understanding during these difficult times and will now aim to deliver a fresh and fun Whitianga Oceans Festival in September 2023.
All ticket holders will be contacted over the coming week.