The Schouwburg De Harmonie kept all guests 1.5-metres apart
Translated by Thomas Ansell
The Schouburg De Harmonie is one of the best-known cultural venues in Leeuwarden, but has been empty for several weeks due to the Coronavirus shutdown. But, on Thursday evening, as reported by the Omrop Fryslân, The Bluebirds performed two 45-minute shows to thirty guests.
The Bluebirds are a three-piece band fronted by Elske DeWall, and thanks to the loosening of social distancing regulations (meaning that 100 people may now attend events), they were able to give two performances in one evening in the foyer of De Harmonie.
Marijke van der Woude, the director of De Harmonie, gave a short welcome to the guests; saying that she hoped that a further loosening of the rules would occur after the summer. One specific wish is that the 1.5-metre rule be shortened to a ‘1-metre rule’; which would mean that De Harmonie could put on a number of different performances and workshops.
The performances on Thursday were part of a three-day long event called the Pauze-festival. Tonight and Saturday night will also see more performances, after which the building will be used for various school activities. From September, De Harmonie hopes to bring forward a new programme of events.