Danish festival organisers can ‘carefully’ plan events with support package agreed

Danish festival organisers can 'carefully' plan events with support package agreed
The deserted location of the Roskile Festival in July last year. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix
Large events such as music festivals scheduled to take place this summer can tentatively continue their preparations despite uncertainty as to whether they will be able to go ahead.

The government and a broad range of parliamentary parties agreed on Monday a package that provides economic support for large summer events if the coronavirus situation results in their eventual cancellation.

“The agreement gives certainty to all organisers so they can move forward with planning. And subcontractors can also get contracts on their books and we can all look forward to getting the (right) health restrictions so we hopefully have some events that can go ahead in the summer,” culture minister Joy Mogensen said.

“Planning must still be done with care because we don’t know what the health restrictions will be,” she added.

The agreement enables large events like festivals and conferences to be granted compensation if regulations – for example, limits on public assembly – require them to be cancelled.

The deal covers events with over 350 participants. Organisers will be able to apply for costs and wages to be compensates if they are unable to cover them.

Compensation will be granted on a staircase model, such that smaller companies will be able to apply for up to 90 percent compensation while the largest organiser will be able to reclaim 50 percent.

Additionally, an emergency fund of 30 million kroner will be created for charitable festivals. The fund can be used if the events come under threat of bankruptcy due to cancellations.

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