In light of the recent international events and the now global corona virus epidemic, we have been receiving expressions of concern from both US and European participants regarding their travel plans and health.
After much thought and discussion, it is with a heavy heart that we have come to the decision of cancelling this 2020 edition of the International Bagpipe Conference.
We feel that this is the only responsible decision to take in the current climate, responding to your concerns, but also to eventual problems that may arise such as last minute travel-bans, cancelled flights or even unexpected enforced quarantines for travellers.
We will be convening in two weeks time to think about alternative possibilities to disseminate your research and continue such as publications of the papers in virtual or printed format or the organisation of a substitute event further in the future when the situation has cleared up a little. Please keep an eye out here for any further updates.
We would like to express our most heartfelt apologies towards all of you, as we had planned a wonderful event and we were looking forward to meeting all of you at the conference.
We would like, however, to encourage everyone to celebrate International Bagpipe Day on 10 March 2020 in your respective communities. Harvard University will be celebrating in a quieter way with a curated bagpipe exhibition in it's music library, accessible until 13 April if you can't make it next week.
Please do get in touch with any feedback or any further comments if you have any. We are here to respond to any of your questions.
Cassandre, Roger and Panayotis
The 2020 International Bagpipe Conference Committee