The Amsterdam Dance Event is taking into account an edition in 2020 for the time being. Organizer Mojo will continue to prepare for the event, which is scheduled from October 21 to October 25. Although it has been announced that major events can only take place if there is a corona vaccine, Mojo does not cancel any festivals yet.
"The Amsterdam Dance Event will look different this year than usual," said a spokesperson. "How exactly, we can't say that yet. So much is changing so fast right now."
Minister Hugo de Jonge (Health, Welfare and Sport) reported in a letter to the House of Representatives on Thursday that the cabinet will only allow "massive events with a national appearance" if there is a vaccine against COVID-19. The Amsterdam Dance Event attracted 400,000 visitors from 146 countries last year.
"The letter came to us violently," said the spokesman, saying it is too early to think of a cancellation. "We don't have a hotline with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Jaap van Dissel of RIVM to know what will happen next. Now it will be a maximum of thirty people until 1 July, after that a maximum of a hundred people. Who knows what will happen in August? "
Mojo organizes, among other things, Lowlands in Biddinghuizen, where De Staat, among others, performed last year. (Photo: BrunoPress)
Mojo: 'Announcement De Jong was a shock'
Mojo, the largest concert and festival organizer in the Netherlands, was surprised by the statement in the letter to parliament from Minister De Jonge. "We had of course taken into account that no events could be held after September 1, but this was quite a shock," said a spokesman.
"Of course health is paramount, but we had already planned how we could organize events in the Ziggo Dome and AFAS Live with the one and a half meter rule and all travel restrictions. For example, there would only be Dutch artists."
Many questions remain with the concert organizer. "When does an event have a national appearance? Are they theaters and musicals? Or are they only concerts and festivals? There is still a lot unclear."
The letter to parliament is also no reason for Mojo, which organizes Lowlands, Pinkpop and the North Sea Jazz Festival, to cancel festivals after 1 September. "We are continuing with the preparations and want to talk to the government about whether De Jonge's announcement is final. We want clarity first."
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