Firstly, we’d like to thank the Rainbow community for your incredible patience during these stressful times. No one could have predicted the intensity of the fires we’ve witnessed around the country over the last two weeks and it’s been a sobering experience for us all.
During this time, our key stakeholders have been busy using their expertise where they are needed the most. Particularly, the CFA. We’re certain you understand that we’ve not wanted to divert their attention from the ongoing situation to meet with us and this has rightfully caused delays with getting the necessary people together.
It hasn’t been an easy decision to know what is the right path forward - as much as we all love RSF, the health and safety of patrons and crew is our number one priority. This is key to any decisions made and of course, we always consider our impact and commitment to the land and the local community.
This morning we undertook a meeting and inspection onsite with the CFA, Victoria Police, Forest Fire Management Victoria and Pyrenees Council staff. Due to a number of safety concerns stemming from the fire that affected the site and the wider bushfire impacts across the country, it was agreed that holding RSF over the scheduled weekend in Lexton simply isn’t the right thing to do.
But the good news is Rainbow Serpent Festival 2020 will still go ahead!!
In chaos lies opportunity and we invite our extended Rainbow family to join us for two very special events we feel will honour the gravity of the fires, assist the local community and give us double the opportunity to celebrate the Rainbow Serpent spirit.
The two events will be treated as Rainbow Serpent Festival 2020 with your tickets gaining entry to both.
Event 1: Rainbow Serpent Festival - Urban Edition
Sunday, January 26 - Melbourne CBD
Multiple stages hosting the majority of special guest performers from the original lineup. There is still quite a lot of work to do to rearrange schedules and travel arrangements so please bear with us for a couple of days before confirming these details.
Event 2: Rainbow Serpent Festival 2020 – Regen Edition
Easter Weekend, Lexton Victoria
A special multi-day event on site during the Easter long weekend, showcasing the best that Rainbow has to offer!
This event is important for the rebuilding of the local communities that were directly impacted by the fires and boosting their local economy. As well as your Rainbow favourites, we’ll be hosting a number of community related events including tree planting, a community working bee and the delayed opening of the Servo@23 Arts Hub.
We're looking into how we can best use these events to drive a community fundraising effort for the bushfires and will confirm those details in the coming days.
We understand these dates and changes may not work for everybody and further details will be announced on Friday 10th of January on our social media and website as to how you can obtain a full or partial refund if you are not able to attend all or one of the new events.
We ask everyone to please be sympathetic to the needs and wellbeing of the broader community at this time but also the incredible strain our crew are currently experiencing in trying to work towards an outcome that is acceptable, enjoyable and safe.
By supporting us and attending both these events you are helping to secure the future of Rainbow Serpent Festival and our continued work in partnership with the Pyrenees Community.