The 2020 Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) has cancelled its annual in-person events in Brampton, Ont., and will debut a virtual festival amid growing concerns over COVID-19.
The festival devoted to celebrating underrepresented authors and storytellers will be held this year from April 30 to May 3, as originally scheduled. It will include many of the previously announced FOLD 2020 participants in a variety of webinar and remote-event formats, which will be closed-captioned and provided free of charge on their website.
All authors will continue to receive their honorariums and ticket holders will be refunded, according to a press release.
“We spent a lot of time building these panels and group in-conversations and we wanted to try to retain what we had built,” the festival’s co-founder and artistic director Jael Richardson told CBC Books.