Arts & Entertainment

Sculpture By The Sea Cancelled, Again

For the second year running Bondi’s iconic Sculpture By The Sea event has cancelled.

Organisers of the event which would historically draw up to 500,000 people to the two-kilometre coastal stretch from Bondi to Tamarama have sighted the ongoing COVID-19 delta outbreak as the reason behind their decision. In a statement the organisers conceded that they simply couldn’t comply with health restriction, despite Sculpture By The Sea being an outdoor event.

Had the event gone ahead the organiser said they would have had to “do the unthinkable” and cordon off the entire walking path to appease health restrictions.

“Whilst the government may say major events can happen for the vaccinated, we have no means of controlling that unless we fence off the Bondi coastal walk,” Sculpture By The Sea Founder David Handley said. “We would need to have it fenced off or secured by security guards. Even if that was feasible from a cost point-of-view it’s not something we or our stakeholders would want to consider.”

The cancelation comes off the back of a postponement which had shifted the event to a planned October 21 start. Organisers will now shift their focus to planning a return in 2022.

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