Yourope, the European Festival Association, has called for a financial bailout plan and a clear strategy so that organisers can develop a summer 2021 event calendar.
In a statement, Yourope said: “We owe it to the millions of visitors who have trusted us enough not to return their tickets, to our many thousands of staff and contractors, to big-time and lesser-known artists, and to our suppliers to preserve the cultural diversity we have created as event organisers.”
For 2021’s summer of festivals to go ahead, Yourope is asking for clarity and would like a transparent roadmap from the relevant “authorities”.
It said that industry needs to “develop a strategy with clearly defined parameters to ensure that we can host events safely while also operating at full capacity under our normal and, as far as possible, standardised conditions. A big event can be as safe as our day-to-day lives!
“To secure the future of the festivals that have become such a great tradition across Europe, there must be access to a financial bailout if an organiser has to cancel or change the way their event takes place due to stricter anti-coronavirus measures being implemented that make carrying out the event as normal no longer economically viable. Without this bailout, planning these events becomes a forlorn hope and will grind to a halt, as our badly battered and bruised industry can no longer bear the weight of these scarcely predictable risks alongside their normal financial risks alone.”
Yourope’s calls for financial support fuel the current cries for help for a Government-backed insurance scheme.