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Durham's CenterFest arts festival postponed until September 2022

Despite more vaccinations and, on average, a lower number of new COVID-19 cases, Durham is postponing its largest arts festival one year until 2022.

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CenterFest Arts Festival
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Jessica Patrick
, WRAL multiplatform producer
DURHAM, N.C. — Despite more vaccinations and, on average, a lower number of new COVID-19 cases, Durham is postponing its largest arts festival one year until 2022.

CenterFest, which usually attracts more than 30,000 to downtown Durham, will be held Sept. 17-18 next year, organizers shared Wednesday.

The event cited Gov. Roy Cooper's guidance of avoiding large crowds -- both indoors and outdoors -- even as people get vaccinated against the virus.

According to organizers, CenterFest is the longest-running outdoor street arts festival in North Carolina. It supports local artists and offers visitors shopping, music, dancing, family activities and food.

"The huge crowds are wonderful, and we look forward to relaunching the festival next year when we can all safely gather again,” said the Durham Arts Council's executive director, Sherry DeVries.

To help artists who will miss business due to the cancellation, the Durham Arts Council will expand the annual Durham Art Walk Holiday Market scheduled for Nov. 21-22. The event, which features over 200 local artists selling their wares in more than 15 venues, can be better controlled in terms of capacity, mask-wearing and social distancing, officials said.

The market will also include music, local food trucks, downtown tours and restaurant promotions.

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