The cultural arts festival Communiversity 2020 has been cancelled, the Arts Council of Princeton announced earlier this week.
During Communiversity ArtsFest, members of the community and University students come together to showcase their cultures, crafts, and artistic creations. This year, Princeton would have celebrated the 50th annual Communiversity.
The event, which was originally scheduled for April 26, was initially postponed until October in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was officially canceled on Monday.
According to the Arts Council, Communiversity has been known to attract more than 40,000 people and is “Central Jersey’s largest and longest running cultural event.” Current social distancing guidelines in the state of New Jersey mandate that outdoor gatherings may not exceed 500 people, and all attendees must be a minimum of six feet apart at all times.
When the event was held last year, booths lined both sides of Nassau Street and overflowed into Palmer Square and onto campus through FitzRandolph Gate. The 2019 event included performances or contributions from over 40 University student organizations, including the Princeton University Rock Ensemble, Fuzzy Dice Improv Comedy, Sympoh, Mariachi Band, Raks Odalisque, and Bhangra.
In addition to student groups, merchants, artisans, and other community members also took part in the festival through performances and streetside booths.
Sarah Collum-Hatfield, board president of the Arts Council of Princeton, explained the reasoning behind the decision in the announcement.
“The decision is first and foremost based on our commitment to the safety and well-being of our attendees, performers, vendors, and the community at large,” she noted. “We appreciate everyone’s support during these challenging times.”