The festival is still waiting for more detailed instructions from the Southwest Finland Regional State Administrative Agency before the final decisions on the fate of this year’s festival and the necessary changes are made.
Turku and Varsinais-Suomi have entered the coronavirus stage, ie the worst stage.
Last minute change poses challenges for the Turku Music Festival. The opening concert should be at the Turku Concert Hall next Saturday.
If safety clearances are required for indoor events of more than ten people, not all ticket buyers are likely to fit into the festival concerts, says the deputy CEO Maija Palonheimo.
“We have a lot of turbulence on the ground and we are thinking about many things. There is little to put together the puzzle. ”
The festival is still waiting for more detailed instructions from the Southwest Finland Regional State Administrative Agency (AVI) before the final decisions on the fate of this year’s festival and the necessary changes are made. Avi has said he is preparing new gathering restrictions for the area today.
Situation seems bad and worrying, according to Palonheimo, and which cases of major changes are promised.
One live and stream concert hybrid has been arranged in advance. However, no stream was planned for the upcoming Saturday concert.
Palonheimo hopes that the opening concert could be organized in some way. At the last minute, however, limiting the number of audiences and agreeing on a possible stream is challenging.
According to Palonheimo, it is no coincidence that in a few days you will find the necessary people and equipment for streaming.
As one the alternative is to try to relocate the concerts.
Already, music festivals have been significantly reduced from previous years. Concerts of both classical and light music are planned to be held during August in various interiors, such as the Turku Concert Hall, Turku Cathedral and Ruissalo Shipyard.
The transfer of concerts from the inside out has also been considered, Palonheimo says. Especially for classical music concerts, the change would be challenging to implement.
Last momentary changes also raise financial concerns.
“Financially, it’s a terribly tough place if we can’t hold concerts or we can hold them for a really small number of spectators. It’s clear that the losses are tough.”
At the moment, according to Palonheimo, there are no good alternatives in sight.