Brite Winter cancels 2021 festival, shifts to scaled-back programming

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Brite Winter, Cleveland’s annual outdoor music festival, has announced that it will shift its format for 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The festival announced on Sept. 30 that it will not host its signature one-day outdoor music festival event, which typically draws tens of thousands of attendees annually to Cleveland’s West bank of the Flats neighborhood.

“As you are aware, arts organizations around the globe have had to cancel, postpone or modify their regular events due to public health concerns around COVID-19,” a press release states. “Brite Winter is no different. While we will not be hosting our typical one-day bash in February, we will still have a winter full of art, music, and connection.”

The press release didn’t detail specific events to replace Brite Winter, but stated that some small in-person events will take place in January, February and March to share music and visual arts with Northeast Ohioans. Some programming will also be offered virtually.

“It will be different, but we are looking forward to the opportunity to continue to bring joy to our Cleveland community in a new and different way,” the press release states.

Brite Winter has taken place rain, shine or snow for 11 years in Cleveland, providing a daylong music festival featuring primarily local acts and bands. The fest also showcases local artists with various installations.

Announcements regarding Brite Winter’s 2021 programming will be announced on the festival’s social media pages.

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