Sweet Days bringing hot nights back in 2021
Burdekin’s iconic Sweet Days Hot Nights Festival will return bigger and better in 2021, following the announcement that this year’s Festival will be cancelled.
Burdekin’s iconic Sweet Days Hot Nights Festival will return bigger and better in 2021, following the announcement that this year’s Festival will be cancelled in line with advice from Federal and State agencies.
The Festival, which attracts visitor numbers in the thousands to the Burdekin across three days of events, was scheduled to be held in just over two months’ time.
Burdekin Shire Council Economic Development Officer and Festival Organiser Eliza Lovell said the decision to cancel Sweet Days Hot Nights was not made lightly.
“Events and festivals form some people’s main source of income, so cancelling one of the largest Festivals in our region has been an incredibly difficult decision to make,” Mrs Lovell said.
“On consultation with both Federal and State agencies as well as our local and North Queensland stakeholders, cancelling Sweet Days Hot Nights Festival was the safest option to ensure we are not promoting the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19.
“There isn’t an overnight solution to cure the virus, so we should all continue to do our best to prevent its spread in the months to come. Council are continuing to do our part by following the advice of Queensland Health and the Federal Government, with any non-essential gatherings of over 500 people on hold indefinitely.”
Sweet Days Hot Nights, which includes the annual First Fire, Cultural Fair, and Australian Hand Cane Cutting Competition, has grown over the years to cement itself as a staple event for the Burdekin.
“It is incredibly disappointing to cancel the Festival after a year of planning, but the health and wellbeing of our community always has to come first. Conversations with all relevant parties will continue, ensuring that Sweet Days Hot Nights 2021 will be the best it can be – but in the meantime, I encourage everyone to do their best to remain healthy: continue to wash your hands regularly, sanitize all surfaces in your home and workplace, isolate if you are sick, and cover your coughs.”
For updates on other cancelled and postponed events, search for Burdekin Shire Council on Facebook or visit burdekin.qld.gov.au. For updates and health advice regarding COVID-19, refer to health.qld.gov.au