The Scottish government has granted nearly £65M in aid to event sectors including music venues, cultural businesses, and the arts. The decision to grant the aid comes after the government put new restrictions on large indoor and outdoor gatherings amid COVID restrictions effective December 26th. As of December 26th, indoor events where spectators are standing are limited to 100 people, seated events are
Dutch event producers ID&T have decided to move forward with a summery proceeding against the Dutch government, should they choose to ban summer festivals. In addition to ID&T, 44 other event organising plantiffs oppose the decision to ban non-seated events through to the rest of August. Originally, the Dutch government decided to lift restrictions for all events nearly two weeks ago,
This week, the UK government met to discuss the long-awaited reopening of nightlife in England, drafting up the idea of a COVID Pass as a means of entry to nightclubs and festivals. Nightlife in England is set to re-open on Monday, July 19th, with clubs reopening and festivals returning without any capacity restrictions. The government has detailed that they aren't to be any
Right now in the UK dance scene, everyone is rightfully upset, angry and disappointed since Boris Johnson and the government announced a four week delay in lifting the lockdown that was intended to happen on June 21. This meant that clubs were preparing to open their doors again, with nightclubs gearing up to bring people's favourite UK DJs to the decks again.
With all eyes on 21st June, the date promised by Boris Johnson as the night when clubs in the United Kingdom can re-open, a stark warning has been issued by the NTIA (Night Time Industries Association), who claim that 75% of venues in Great Britain will be already forced to close their doors due to bankruptcy by the time said
World renowned Circus offered a beacon of hope for partygoers in England, holding a pilot event called The First Dance in Liverpool last week including Sven Väth, The Blessed Maddona, Yousef, Hot Since 82 and more. Aiming to gather data so that night life industry can return to normalcy, no social distancing and no masks were required. Although the results haven't been disclosed yet,
Switzerland are welcoming live shows back after the new regulations that are being put in place from this Monday April 19. According to the new law, the Swiss country will allow 50 people capacity indoor and 100-capacity outdoor shows to reopen after a tough 2020. Nonetheless, this doesn't mean that 100-capacity shows are permitted, as only one third of the
The Estonian government has recently announced a €42 million package in financial aid for Estonia's struggling cultural sector. The move by the government comes after a joint proposal submitted by 355 organisations, highlighting the impact their sector has on the economy and people's mental health as well as also putting pressure on their government, showcasing the need for financial support.
Italy's music sector has been given €50 million as a boost to help the sector get back on its feet, and it's largely thanks to an online campaign which is being dubbed as one of the largest web mobs that the sector has ever seen. The 'web mob' in question is called 'The Last Concert?' campaign. The campaign, which you can
In Ireland, the justice minister, Helen McEntee introduced the Justice Plan 2021 on February 22, including staggered and extended closing times for pubs and nightclubs, as well as a new annual permit to allow clubs to stay open past 2:30 AM. McEntee's plan contains around 200 measures, dedicated to support the hospitality sector after the severe consequences they had to face due
Many European governments realised how seriously the cultural sector has been affected by the impact of the ongoing pandemic. Norway is part of this group, where The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Culture secured more than NOK 120 million (€11.7 million) as a compensation for festival organisers and subcontractors. The amount is distributed by Norway’s cultural council (Kulturradet), which has so far paid
In the Netherlands, plans are moving swiftly to try and save the festival season ever since the disastrous year that was 2020. The government is moving fast, and it may be a possibility that festivals will return to the Netherlands from July 1. Dutch culture, education and science minister Ingrid van Engelshoven stated that it is not reasonable to expect mass gatherings