In a March 18, 2020 statement the Festival of Literary Diversity’s Communications and Development Coordinator, Amanda Leduc, announced that the festival is cancelling its in-person events originally scheduled for April 30 through May 3.
This means that the FOLD is about to debut its first virtual festival, which also takes place from April 30 – May 3, as with the original festival’s plans.
Leduc tells us that Artistic Director Jael Richardson and the FOLD Board and Planning Team are hard at work on pulling together the new program of events. She shared that the virtual festival will include most of the previously announced FOLD 2020 festival participants in a variety of webinar and remote-event formats.
The virtual FOLD events will be closed-captioned and free of charge. Accessibility is one of the many concerns of the FOLD team, and this format will increase accessibility of the information.
Richardson said, “We feel that it is more important than ever to celebrate and support our storytellers wherever they may be. We believe the work we’ve done to assemble this group of authors and performers is worthy of the widest possible audience. The Internet and its virtual tools offer an exciting array of possibilities for the FOLD to explore, and we are very excited to pull together this roster of innovative, alternative events.”