English Folk Expo Showcase ’20 Cancelled

It is with a heavy heart that we need to let you know that English Folk Expo Showcase 2020, due to run 15th-18th October, will not now go ahead, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our financial model relies heavily on the sale of public tickets for Manchester Folk Festival to maintain all aspects of the public and industry events. Having analysed the financial projections in detail with the EFEx board and talked at length with Arts Council England, we have agreed that the risks involved in going ahead this year would put the organisation’s future in jeopardy, so have had to make the very difficult decision to cancel our showcase event for 2020.

Everyone who had booked delegate place, trade stand, advert or other purchase for EFEx Showcase 2020 has been offered a full refund or the chance to roll over their purchase into EFEx Showcase 2021. If you have not yet responded to that email, please get in touch as soon as possible.

We will be back. English Folk Expo Showcase 2021 will run from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th October 2021 and we really look forward to welcoming you all to Manchester then.

Here are a few words from English Folk Expo team about our decision for the 2020 showcase event.

We send you all our best wishes in what we know are really challenging circumstances for many of you. We are a community. Let’s support each other where we can and look forward to the day when we can all be together again.


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