Last Friday 13 August 2021, the government of the Netherlands decided to extend the measures against COVID-19. Following this announcement, the team of Classical:NEXT had long discussions with its local partner de Doelen in order to find a way to realise Classical:NEXT 2021 in accordance with the ongoing measures. Unfortunately, and with great regret, we have to announce that we are forced to cancel Classical:NEXT 2021 due to the current regulations in the Netherlands.
Official statement from de Doelen
- "Following up on the announcements of the Dutch government on August 13, it is with heartfelt sadness that we currently do not see a legal basis to make Classical:NEXT 2021 happen in September. We are stuck on the ground that indoor events without assigned seats are not permitted, and that events lasting for several days, including business events with overnight stays, are not allowed up to and inclusive September 19. This makes it impossible for us to organise Classical:NEXT the way it should be."
The team of Classical:NEXT has done everything in its power to make Classical:NEXT 2021 happen (the postponed Classical:NEXT 2020) and is therefore all the sadder about the turn of events. Everyone has worked hard to see elements of the programme happen online, such as the Innovation Award or the event series Classical:NEXT Encore, and we have conceived new programme elements to keep all delegates on the pulse of the global art music scene.
Classical:NEXT is very thankful to everyone involved, for their cooperation, support and patience and is deeply apologetic for the difficulties that this cancellation might cause.
All the more reason to look forward to next year, when Classical:NEXT 2022 will welcome the global art music scene to a new location in Germany. Mark the calendars already from 17-20 May 2022.
In order to know what the cancellation means for all registrations, please keep reading.
Please stay tuned and above all, healthy!
With warm wishes,
the Classical:NEXT team
article posted by:Communications Assistant, Piranha Arts