Sadly plans for SUFF in 2017 had to be cancelled, owing to the direction the event was being taken in by the host conflicting with SUFF’s core values. We are very keen to learn from this experience and bounce back with a better event than ever in 2018!
At the time the decision was made to cancel SUFF ’17, the following statement was given:
It is with the deepest regret that we have to inform you of the cancelation of this year’s SUFF event, SUFF ’17.
The decision to end a partnership between SUFF and St Andrews Folk and Traditional Music Society was made following irreconcilable differences over the values and spirit of Scottish University Folk Festival events. SUFF has always been about creating an affordable networking event for students interested in folk culture – our mission has been to bring people together at minimum cost to share in folk culture as a communal activity. Sadly the direction of the host’s 2017 festival differed from SUFF’s core values, and attempts to work together to find a solution to this situation were passed over. It would be disingenuous to continue an event representing SUFF when SUFF’s values have been so overlooked.
Taking SUFF to a new host was always going to present new challenges, and we are disappointed that the values which have underpinned SUFF in the past did not translate to a new setting. We hope SUFF can continue to bring people together for commonality rather than profit in the future, but realise that this year’s events may endanger that vision.
For now, we apologise for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation of SUFF ’17 and thank all those who have supported SUFF in the past.’