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Dear Ojai Festival friends,

We are absolutely delighted to let you know that this year’s Ojai Music Festival will take place in person on September 16 – 19, 2021. We shall once again gather together in the magical setting of Libbey Bowl and the Ojai Valley to create a festival community joined in the spirit of musical discovery and celebration. In addition, we are planning a summer-long celebration of the Ojai Festival with events throughout Southern California as well as newly-produced online programs, all culminating with the September Festival in Ojai.

This, of course, is a change from our long-held tradition of a June festival but we felt strongly that we wanted to hold the Ojai Festival at a time when we could do so under the best possible conditions of health and safety for all. The Board of Directors and staff came to this decision after extensive consultation with public health and government agencies, determining best practices in extensive conversations with fellow arts organizations nationwide, and importantly, in discussions with the Festival artists themselves. Remarkably, every single artist originally engaged for the June period has been able to make themselves available for the September dates in Ojai!

The health and safety of our entire Festival family is of paramount importance to us. To this end, the Festival has developed comprehensive protocols, to help ensure that the Ojai experience is welcoming and safe. Our safety plans are based on guidance from our team of healthcare professionals, as well as from federal, state and county officials. We appreciate everyone’s support and participation in our efforts to help minimize the risk of exposure and the spread of COVID-19.

To mark the beginning of its 75th anniversary, the Festival will offer musical activities June 10 to 13 in Ojai, guided by the state’s safety measures. These intimate, limited-capacity events will continue throughout the summer and will culminate in September when audiences reunite in the Libbey Bowl. Offerings in additional southern California locations are being planned, and Ojai will serve its global community through special online content and events. Details for these offerings will be announced in the coming months.

There is such joy in the prospect of being together again and anticipating the rewards of what will be a milestone 75th Festival!
We all hugely look forward to seeing you in Ojai, throughout Southern California, and online in the coming months. And best of all, at Libbey Bowl in September!