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Viljandi Folk Music Festival to be replaced by 2 days of concerts

BC, Tallinn, 22.05.2020.Print version

Due to the coronavirus restrictions, two days of Estonian traditional music concerts will substitute the Viljandi Folk Music Festival this summer, informs LETA/BNS.

All purchased festival passes will be valid at next year's festival or can be refunded, organizers said on Friday.

"In the light of the ongoing emergency situation, we've been trying hard to find a solution for this year's festival that would allow us to reduce the risks of spreading the virus and allow us to host the 3,000 people who have already purchased a pass. Having analyzed the situation in depth and consulted experts, we've reached a conclusion that this is not possible," the head of Viljandi Folk Music Festival, Ando Kiviberg, said.

"The festival is in its essence a jolly, bright and free-spirited celebration of musical traditions. Unfortunately, the current limitations won't allow us to host a festival in the way that we're used to. That's why we're organizing two days of concerts but the 28th Viljandi Folk Music Festival will be held on July 22-25, 2021. It was a hard but necessary decision. Fighting the virus and putting people's health first are currently our priorities," he said.

The first day of folk music concerts will take place on July 24, 2020, in Viljandi. The same program with the same artists will be repeated the next day, July 25. The artists of the concert day will be announced on June 15, which is also when the ticket sales will start. The concert day's program will consist of Estonian folk artists. The limit on the number of participants for  both concert days is 1,000 people, which is in line with current government restrictions in Estonia for open-air events as of July.

The 2020 Viljandi Folk Music Festival passes will not be valid for the concert days. The tickets bought for the 2020 festival can be used at the next year's festival or be refunded. The organizers kindly ask people to refrain from requesting a refund and using the passes at the 2021 festival if possible. 

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