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Maijazz and COVID-19 – latest update – 3rd of April 2020
Great music experiences are cancelled
Welcome to mai:jazz 2021!
Due to the COVID-19 situation it is impossible to conduct this year’s mai:jazz festival. The decision to cancel this year’s festival and postpone it to 2021 was taken by mai:jazz after consulting with Stavanger Municipality and Health Manager in Stavanger.
– Of course, we understand and we are compliant with the measures taken by the municipal and state authorities, and this is a challenging situation for the society as well as everyone who works with cultural arrangements. Fortunately, mai:jazz has a solid organization and economy to get through this and be ready in 2021, says Per Hasse Andersen, the Festival leader.
Mai:jazz admits that the decision to cancel mai:jazz 2020 was very difficult to make, but that the reality makes it inevitable and a result of many factors. The festival is an international festival with artists from all over the world, and with travel restrictions the chances of getting artists from the USA, Asia and Europe to Stavanger in Norway are extremely low. There is a unified board in mai:jazz behind the decision to cancel the festival, and they think it would be irresponsible and naive to think that it would be feasible even if the authorities ease the restrictions. Health and safety are the most important things for artists, audience and of course 250 volunteers who spend their holidays and free time at the festival.
– There is no reason to believe that large public events are still relevant in early May, – says Festival leader Per Hasse Andersen, but he also sees bright spots and experiences a solidarity in an overall cultural life.
– The understanding we gained from our public and private partners, volunteers and the performers has been fantastic, and we are grateful that we can already confirm that almost all the artists for this year’s program will come to Stavanger in 2021. To get together to enjoy the artists and music in a community will not be less important next year, and then of course we will offer great music experiences and we will be the meeting point between the audience and artists as we have always been.
The Festival leader is not worried about the future, but he is urging anyone who has purchased tickets to refrain from demanding the money back, but rather to use the tickets that will be valid at next year’s festival.
– It is important for us to say that this is not a cry for help, but the action to show support for the artists and the job of keeping our part of cultural life going. TThere is no doubt; mai:jazz is coming back in 2021!
Per Hasse Andersen – Festival leader
Dear Artists , Agents and Management – Mai:Jazz gets incredibly many high quality e-mail requests for booking. Due to work capacity we can only respond/reply to requests that are relevant for the festival program.