the Netherlands want to organize Eurovision with a test audience of 3,500 people

People take part in a music concert in Barcelona, ​​Spain on Saturday March 27 after they all passed a test for SARS-CoV-2 on the same day. EMILIO MORENATTI / AP

Experiments for concerts to be held in times of health crisis are increasing. After the rock concert bringing together 5,000 people in Barcelona, ​​the Dutch government wants to organize the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with a limited audience. This event, scheduled for May in Rotterdam, should make it possible to assess the risks of contamination linked to Covid-19.

Qualified for “Field laboratory”, this practical test will aim to study how events of this type could play out with an audience in a safe manner, said Thursday 1is April the Ministry of Culture in a press release. A maximum of 3,500 spectators will be allowed for each of the nine planned concerts. These will be admitted under strict conditions, for example with the obligation to present a negative test.

Read also Covid-19: a rock concert brings together 5,000 people in Barcelona for a clinical experience

Media Minister Arie Slob welcomed the opportunity to organize “Safely and responsibly” a larger event in this period “Particular”. “With the lessons we can learn from this field laboratory, we can hopefully take further steps towards a society in which more can be done.”Slob said, quoted in the statement.

2020 edition canceled

However, the government reserves the right to modify this plan in the event of an increase in contamination as the competition approaches, scheduled for May 18 to 22, and will review the situation at the end of April. If the risks are too great, it could be decided to organize Eurovision without an audience.

“We welcome this decision by the Dutch government and the possibility that we can invite fans to join us”, reacted Martin Osterdahl, executive supervisor of Eurovision, in a press release sent to Agence France-Presse. “We will be looking at the options now available and will announce more details in the coming weeks on how we can safely admit the audience to the Ahoy Hall in Rotterdam, if the situation permits.”, he added.

Read also Covid 19: cancellations of music festivals multiply for the second year in a row

The 2020 edition of the competition, watched by millions of viewers around the world each year, had been canceled for the first time in the history of the competition due to the pandemic. Some 65,000 spectators were expected for all of the concerts.

The Netherlands have already experimented with pilot events developed by the Fieldlab organization, created by the event industry in collaboration with the government. A concert in Amsterdam in early March had notably brought together 1,300 people.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Around the world, recorded music defies the pandemic

The World with AFP

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks

PREV Third wave: preventive curfew and prolonged emergency measures
NEXT The motivation to be vaccinated is maintained no matter what