Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 30 September 2020

Dubai's Sole DXB 2020 cancelled: 'We aren't confident we can deliver the experience you deserve'

The festival has been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic

The 2020 Sole DXB has been cancelled to ensure safety of fans and collaborators. Sole DXB
The 2020 Sole DXB has been cancelled to ensure safety of fans and collaborators. Sole DXB

Sole DXB has been cancelled this year. In an Instagram post, the organisers behind the event said they were disappointed the festival could not go ahead.

"We aren't confident that we can deliver the experience you deserve with the health and safety standards we expect," organisers said.

We genuinely hope you are all actively taking the time to protect not just your physical health, but your mental well-being, too

Sole DXB organisers

The festival, which celebrates the best of street art, music, fashion and culture, was due to take place in December. No new date has been announced for the event.

"While the situation continues to improve on the ground in Dubai, the festival is a collective effort by our community around the world and we're ready to wait till they can be a part of it, too. We do not have a new date, but once we do, you'll be the first to know," organisers said on Instagram.

"Outside of being a space for self-expression, we know that the festival has been a platform for new ideas and creative aspirations. While this window closes temporarily, we are working on opening a door, and for those that have the head space and opportunity to create, we will continue to work with you.

"We genuinely hope you are all actively taking the time to protect not just your physical health, but your mental wellbeing, too."

The festival has been running since 2011 and last year's event included performances by New York hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan and Jamaican singer Koffee.

Every year, the street culture festival welcomes thousands of hip-hop fans, sneaker heads and fashionistas who make up vibrant crowds at Dubai Design District (D3).

Global brands work with the event to create activations and retail spaces, with the likes of Puma, Adidas, Dior and Azra appearing at the three-day festival.

See photos from the 2019 Sole DXB here:

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Updated: August 10, 2020 11:46 AM

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