It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that today we announce that we are cancelling the 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Competition and the 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Show.
With the national and international travel restrictions, the New Zealand Government directives around mass gatherings and the forever evolving and uncertain environment, it is now not possible to continue with the international competition, and to stage the show in September and October 2020. We now need to look to 2021 and focus on creating the most magical show. We know the world, more than ever, needs to connect with creativity and art and we are committed to bringing you an absolute showstopper next year.
The decision to cancel the 2020 Competition and Show has been one of the most difficult decisions we’ve had to make in our 32-year history. We have been determined against all the odds to bring the show to you this year, but as things have changed so quickly in the last week, we could see that this pandemic was way bigger than our resolve to stage the 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Show. This decision has been made in consultation with WellingtonNZ our Strategic Partner. We thank them for their continued support as we navigate through this challenging time.
To our audience, thank you for continuing to support us. We share your disappointment about the cancellation of the show. We know that you’ve planned your weekend in Wellington with friends and family and it was something we were all looking forward to immensely for later in the year.
We’d of course love to see you in 2021! All customers who purchased tickets for the 2020 World of WearableArt Awards Show can have their booking transferred to the same night and the same seats. Alternatively, we appreciate that some of you may not be able to make the 2021 show dates work and so we will provide you with a full refund of your booking should this be the case.
As this decision has been made at pace, please do wait for us to contact you as we work through all current bookings. Given the issues around New Zealand communities and businesses being in lockdown and Easter holidays coming, we are working to be set up to begin processing transfers and refunds from Thursday 8 April 2020. This process could take up to 28 days.