It is with immense sadness that, despite our best efforts to develop a creative contingency plan, this year’s Charleston Festival is cancelled due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Charleston is a charity which receives no public funding. We value our independence, but we are also painfully aware of how exposed we are. It costs over £1m a year to conserve the house and garden, to give a platform to important conversations, art and ideas through our festivals, events and exhibition programmes, and to open and share Charleston with our visitors. Every penny we need to do this we have to raise ourselves through ticket sales, through spend in our shops and café, and other fundraising activities.
For 30 years, Charleston Festival and you, our visitors, have provided the financial support the organisation needs. The cancellation of this year’s Festival, together with the current period of closure, is having a devastating financial impact on Charleston.
We are making full use of the government’s schemes to support some staff and running costs, but without any income from ticket sales and spend around our site we are left with a huge shortfall that threatens our future.
All Charleston Festival ticket holders will be contacted and offered the option to donate their ticket purchases to provide vital support to Charleston.
We know these are challenging times for many people, but Charleston needs your help now more than ever.
Please, if you can, make a donation to support Charleston. We are enormously grateful for whatever you can afford to give.