2020 Edition

OFFICIAL STATEMENT COVID-19

Deltebre Dansa festival will be postponed to 2021

Sometimes, you just have to stop and take a deep breath before talking; the Covid-19 crisis that has taken over the world is one of those times.

We have done everything that was in our power to carry on with the organisation of Deltebre Dansa festival 2020. However, due to the current context and restrictions on social gatherings, public events and people mobility, we have no choice but to postpone this year’s edition of the festival, which would have taken place on 6 – 19 July 2020.

The uncertainty generated by the new measures, can’t guarantee either the smooth development of the 2020 festival or the high quality of the festival’s past editions. Our priority is to keep our audiences, participants, and everyone involved in the festival safe. Under these circumstances, the festival and Ayuntamiento de Deltebre (Deltebre council), have collectively decided to postpone the 2020 festival to 2021, as it seems the best way to go. After seeking professional advice and considering every option available, we believe that this is the only realistic alternative.

We will keep working and putting all of our energy into the new 2021 programme in order to turn Deltebre Dansa festival into a Performing Arts epicentre.

At the moment, we are going through an exceptional time that is crying out for collective re-thinking.  The Performing Arts are one of the hardest hit sectors. We still don’t know when we will be able to get together and see a show or a piece of art, an act that is a most significant for culture; culture that identifies us and transforms our lives, both in the individual and collective spheres. At the same time, culture is a fragile sector, which survives thanks to a resilient and passional professional network. 

The challenge that lies ahead for us is to think and re-think of new ways of going about culture, new ways to make dance and movement arts more accessible to the public. This forced pause is painful, but we are also taking it as an opportunity to create a new normal that is respectful to nature and the environment; a new normal that is more dignifying and sustainable from a social, cultural and economic point of view. We won’t stop moving, which is what we do best, to make it happen.  

We want to thank the teaching staff, artists, participants, sponsors, collaborators, institutions and everyone that works in this festival to make it an international point of reference. We also want to thank our audiences, which have always been very supportive and have believed in this project for the past 15 years.

We will dance together once again!

 

Roberto Olivan
Artistic Director Deltebre Dansa festival

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