DENVER (CBS4) — The 2021 Five Points Jazz Festival is being delayed, due to “a combination of health concerns and economic uncertainty.” The event is traditionally held in May, but organizers say the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing them to put off in-person performances.
“The most recent in-person Five Points Jazz Festival hosted more than 100,000, and we already know that type of in-person event can’t take place,” said Tariana Navas-Nieves, director of cultural affairs at Denver Arts & Venues.READ MORE: Colorado Senators Pass COVID Relief Bill As State GOP Leaders Blast Passage
“Right now the uncertainty of timelines for recovery make planning for events of this scale really difficult,” stated executive director Ginger White.READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: National Jewish Administers Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
Denver Arts & Venues has produced the event in conjunction with businesses and organizations in the Five Points neighborhood for more than a dozen years. Last year’s event went online to showcase local bands and entertainers. It’s not clear if they will do something similar this year.
Officials with the Five Points Jazz Festival committee said they look forward to working with Denver Arts & Venues and “exploring ways to celebrate the cultural legacy of Five Points safely and collaboratively.”MORE NEWS: Police: Kyle Daugherty Drove Stolen Aston Martin To Dealership, Fraudulently Paid For Porsche
The event has not yet been rescheduled.