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ChantLanta 2021 Cancelled

Musicians at ChantLanta 2019 (Photo: Julien Photography)

Due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 ChantLanta Sacred Music Festival, planned for the weekend of March 19, has been cancelled.

“We want everyone in our spiritual community to know how sad we are to have to cancel this year’s event,” says Ian Boccio, festival director, speaking for all of the event organizers. “But we put the safety of our staff, artists, presenters and attendees at the top of our priority list. Without knowing where we will be by March with COVID-19 vaccines, we feel it is best to err on the side of caution and look forward to a future time when we can all gather without fear to experience the bliss of sacred sound.”

Launched in 2010, ChantLanta’s simple beginnings consisted of a call for people interested in creating a chant event to support two charity partners. Now in its 11th year, the festival has grown to feature award-winning musicians, local bands, workshops, food, silent auctions and a diverse vendor market. It has also inspired the growth of chant music in Atlanta to become “one of the most diverse and thriving chant communities in the U.S.,” according to the organization’s website.

ChantLanta has also become a significant fundraiser for meaningful charities. Over the years, it has raised more than $50,000 in donations for nonprofits around the world. For several years, the organization partnered with The Learning Tea, helping to fund college education for impoverished women in India. It has also partnered with organizations that improve lives of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease, abuse and poverty.

“We will begin our usual planning and preparation for ChantLanta 2022 starting in early summer,” says Boccio. “We look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s festival on the weekend of March 18, 2022.”

For more information, visit ChantLanta.org or email [email protected]

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