Dundee Vegan Festival 2019 cancelled after outgrowing venue

© DC ThomsonOrganisers Barry Mackie-Conlon, Louise Cormack and Jamie Kidd, at a previous Dundee Vegan Festival.
Organisers Barry Mackie-Conlon, Louise Cormack and Jamie Kidd, at a previous Dundee Vegan Festival.

Dundee Vegan Festival has been cancelled this year after the event became too big for its venue.

The festival, which has almost doubled in size since its launch in 2016, was previously hosted at Abertay and Dundee universities and is expected to return to the city in 2020 at a different location.

Organiser Barry Mackie-Conlon said volunteers were working hard to deliver an event of a similar or better standard than past versions.

He explained: “The difficult part of growth is that you either have to roll with it or try to curb the growth.

“There will be a point where it naturally plateaus but we don’t want to be in a position where we stifle growth.

“Abertay recently changed the way their venue space works so they’re not able to offer the full venue for hire.

“We’re expecting around 1500 people, compared to the 800 we had in our first year – the number has almost doubled and that’s reflected in the space we need.”

He added: “We could have still put on an event this year but we wouldn’t have had the time to make it as good as previous years and we didn’t want to disappoint people.

“Our committee members have been very busy as some are parents and others full time, so they have to juggle that with organising the festival.

“Postponing it will give us the time to do it properly. I can’t yet reveal where it will be hosted as talks are still ongoing.”

It is expected that next year’s event will take place in March or April.

Barry added: “Many non-vegans come out of curiosity or because they’re considering becoming vegans.

“If it’s their first event then we want to make it good for them.”

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