Organisers have said that they cannot make the festival Corona-proof
Translated by Thomas Ansell
Oerol, the music and performing arts festival held on the Wadden Island of Terschelling, has been cancelled for 2021, reports the Omrop Fryslân. The festival had been planned for between 11 and 20 June, however organisers have said that they cannot make the event ‘Corona-proof’. The decision has been reached in concert with both the Gemeente Terschelling and the Veiligheidsregio Fryslân.
At the end of March the organisers of Oerol had suggested that the festival could go ahead- however updated Coronavirus rules have made this impossible. There can be a maximum of 50 people at each performance, and people from different households must be kept 1.5-metres apart.
“For a long time we were reasonably certain that Oerol 2021 could go ahead in a physical form. Safe for the island, visitors, performers; and staff members… we must now say that the options aren’t there”, says the Oerol organisers.
“We’re just too early, I think”, says general director Siart Smit, “we had been expecting that things would come good, but the numbers are still too high.” The digital version of the festival, ‘The Imaginary Island’, will still go ahead.