Covid restrictions could put Song and Dance festival in jeopardy

High-quality performance of Song and Dance Festival concerts in 2023 is in jeopardy if a full process of rehearsals for does not start this March, the conductors of the festival said in a letter to state officials on January 27.

In order to ensure the quality preparation of the forthcoming Song and Dance Festival, the chief conductors have requested in a letter to the officials of the State, the Song and Dance Celebration Council, and the National Center for Culture to review the existing restrictions in the near future and to develop a new, detailed action plan in order to allow for the resumption of the rehearsal process.

“As nearly two years have passed in a very restrictive mode of rehearsals, concerts and events, it is concerning how to ensure the continuity of artistic processes in the future and the [2023 Song and Dance Festival] when we celebrate its 150th anniversary,” the conductors said.

In the opinion of the authors of the letter, the limits of the pandemic have often been unjustified in the culture sector. 

“Immediate action is vital for not only learning the festive repertoire but also for taking steps to organizational work and public and local government financial planning,” said the letter.

The authors of the letter also stated that participants are very responsible and organized, and respectful toward one another:  “The vast majority of choirs, orchestras, dance group participants have so far acted responsibly for the benefit of all public and their own health, vaccinating against Covid-19.”

The conductors explained that they wished to ensure magnificent 150th-anniversary concerts but it would only be possible if a full process of collective rehearsals is resumed immediately and regional events are scheduled to take place in the summer.

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