Annual Light Up Camden festival cancelled

New: Camden's Christmas event is different this year. Picture: Brett Atkins
New: Camden's Christmas event is different this year. Picture: Brett Atkins

Light Up Camden has been cancelled.

The Camden Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Industry has announced the festival will not go ahead this year.

The news comes after Camden Council threw its support behind the Jacaranda Festival instead of Light Up Camden for this year’s Christmas celebrations.

The annual tree-lighting ceremony will now be held at the inaugural Jacaranda Festival on November 24.

The Light Up festival usually receives $10,000 in community grant funding from Camden Council but no council funds have been allocated to the event in 2018.

A Camden Council spokeswoman said the council’s Christmas celebrations will be incorporated into the Jacaranda Festival this year.

“Council advised the Camden Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Industry over a month ago that their application for Light Up Camden was not successful for funding and in-kind support,” she said.

”Council has encouraged the Camden Chamber to work with the Argyle Street Business Collective to create a community Christmas event for everyone to enjoy.

“Any large-scale community event on public land requires multiple annual approvals outside of the standard development application process.”

Camden Council provided $10,000 in funding to the Argyle Business Collective to host the Jacaranda Festival from November 23-25.

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