Covid Restrictions Could Jeopardize Song and Dance Festival / Article

In order to ensure the quality of preparation for the upcoming Song and Dance Festival, the conductors have requested in a letter to state officials, the Council for the Celebration of Song and Dance and to the National Culture Center to review the existing restrictions in the in the near future and to draw up a new detailed action plan in order to allow the rehearsal process to resume.

“While almost two years have passed in a very restrictive mode of rehearsals, concerts and events, it is a question of how to ensure the continuity of the artistic processes in the future and the [2023 Song and Dance Festival] as we celebrate its 150th anniversary,” the conductors said.

In the opinion of the authors of the letter, the limits of the pandemic have often been unjustified in the culture sector.

“Immediate action is vital not only to learn the festive repertoire but also to take action for the organizational work and financial planning of public and local administrations,” the letter said.

The letter’s authors also stated that the participants are very responsible and organized, and respectful of each other: “The vast majority of choirs, orchestras, dance group participants have so far acted responsibly for the good of all and their own health, by vaccinating against Covid-19.

The conductors explained that they wanted to ensure magnificent concerts for the 150th anniversary, but this would only be possible if a full process of collective rehearsals resumed immediately and regional events were to take place in the summer.

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