It is with heavy hearts and deep regret that Mons Meg Rapper have had to announce the cancellation of DERT 2021 as a physical event.
The serious obstacles to planning raised by the COVID -19 pandemic (such as the impossibility of booking venues), and the block put on team practices by social distancing, resulted in the organising committee deciding to cancel the event, which was to have been held in Leith.
We have made this difficult decision following detailed discussion with, and with the full support of, the DERT Steering Group and the SDU, and we thank everyone in the sword dance community for your support during this period. Government restrictions announced in recent weeks have, sadly, borne out our assessment of the likely progress of the pandemic and its effects on social activities in pubs & theatres.
We know this is not the news anyone wants to hear, but there is a silver lining to this cloud: we are handing the reins of DERT 2021 to the Steering Group for an online, virtual “DERT of DERTs”. Information about how you can enter this spectacular event, which will be held on the same weekend as planned - March 26th - 28th, 2021 - will be posted on social media by the Steering Group in the near future.
Ian Davies, October 2020
pp Mons Meg Rapper DERT 2021 Organising Committee (Kev, Tom, Dot & Ian)