There was some good news for organisers and fans of Afrofest on Wednesday evening.
The music event which has been held at Woodbine Park for the past number of years will be held over two days this summer and not one.
Earlier this month, the city had reduced the permit to one day, citing noise complaints and curfew violations in previous years as the reason behind their decision.
It was a decision which sparked a huge backlash on social media and saw a petition organised which garnered thousands of signatures, demanding the city re-consider.
A meeting was subsequently convened between organisers, Music Africa and the City to see if a resolution could be reached.
A joint statement was issued on Wednesday evening confirmed that an agreement had been reached during the meeting and that Afrofest would be granted the two day permit it had sought.
It read that ‘All parties are committed to working together to ensure Afrofest is successful this summer and in future years,” and that “Afrofest organizers acknowledge that there were some permit violations related to past years of the festival and, the city admits to unclear communication regarding permit end times. With this agreement we look forward to a positive future for the festival and are committed to including Afrofest in the cultural and musical landscape for Toronto.”
The event will now go ahead as planned on July 9th and 10th.