To Our Rainbow family,
You have, no doubt, heard by now that a bushfire hit the festival site on Friday evening. To say we’re devastated is an understatement but we’re also overwhelmed with awe and gratitude for the incredibly courageous CFA volunteers and our site crew who worked together to save most of the buildings and infrastructure onsite.
As you can see from this photo taken yesterday, there is some damage to the festival site but it could have been so much worse if it weren’t for these brave volunteers.
Our sincere hope is that the festival can go ahead in some form over the January long weekend.
We have temporarily halted ticket sales while we are assess the damage. We appreciate your patience as it will take a week to consult with experts and our stakeholders about the format of the 2020 festival. Of primary concern is your safety and that of the crew.
Our thoughts are with the Lexton, Beaufort, surrounding communities and the many other communities in Australia who have suffered much larger losses than ours.
It comes as no great surprise that the incredible Rainbow community have generously offered their support. While we consider how best to organise the offers, please sign-up here to show your interest and we’ll be in touch in the coming days with further information on how you can help.
In the meantime, we wish to stress again, please do not travel to the site or area until further notice as safety is still a concern.
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we have meetings with stakeholders over the next week. In the meantime, try to not speculate; we’ll let you know the outcome as soon as we do.
Keep an eye on our social media pages and your inboxes for updates.
Frank, Felix and the Rainbow Serpent Team