Organisers have confirmed that this year’s Shepley Spring Festival will not go ahead.
The huge three-day event which was due to take place from May 16 to 18 has been cancelled after funding was stopped.
The organisers had been hoping for grants from the Arts Council and Kirklees Council but have been told there will be no money.
The festival which started in 2007 was due to offer a full weekend of events celebrating the best of traditional music, song and dance, including concerts, ceilidhs, morris dancing, music and song sessions, and music and dance workshops.
Acts including Kate Rusby, Coope Boyes and Simpson, Demon Barbers XL, James Findlay, Bella Hardy, Lucy Ward, Brian Peters, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson were lined up
The main festival site was at Shepley Cricket club and club officials are now trying to arrange a smaller community event for the weekend.
Club vice chairman Sue Glover said: “It is a sad blow for the festival and for the community.
“They learned some days ago that the funding was not forthcoming this year”.
In a statement, the organisers of the Spring Festival said: ““It is with regret that we have to announce that Shepley Spring Festival will not be happening this year.
“We have had it confirmed that the festival’s regular grant funding is not available to us for 2014. This would leave the festival, should it go ahead, with a major shortfall which we simply cannot bridge, despite some generous offers of help.
“Due to the economic climate, arts funding has been substantially reduced year on year. This has been a common picture repeated across the country affecting the arts in general as well as other festivals and music events.
“The situation has hit the four volunteer directors very hard personally. We are also aware that many people have put a phenomenal amount of work into the festival over the years, for which we are eternally grateful – some have already been practising hard and preparing for Shepley 2014 including performers, traders and suppliers.”
The four directors - James McKinlay, Sally Atkinson, Nikki Hampson, Andy Smith - thanked those who had helped in the past and said they would be getting in touch with people who had bought tickets.
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