Our Festival is back this summer, between 1-11 July. As you can imagine, this is a leap of faith, but based on Government guidance and a lot of planning around safety for audiences and performers, we’re moving ahead.
You’ll notice some differences. None of our events will have intervals, and all will last a maximum of 75 minutes. As things stand, audience sizes will be smaller to allow for social distancing, and we will ask you to wear a mask (unless you have a medical condition that prevents that).
When you book, you’ll notice that we will ask for your party size but won’t offer seating plans. We’ve thought long and hard about this, and believe it’s the fairest way to accommodate the most people, both under the socially distanced regulations that come in on or after 17th May, and the possible removal of all distancing requirements from June. For the time being, we’re working on the basis of selling 50% of the normal capacity in venues as that seems prudent.
We’re working with venues to make sure that check-ins are as smooth as possible. We’ll be taking temperatures, ensuring we have contact details for track and trace, and making sure that there’s plenty of hand sanitiser available.
We’ll also have a few events that can be streamed from your home, as we know that some of you aren’t able to join us in person, and we want to offer something for everyone.
We are very grateful to Arts Council England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport for their support as part of the Culture Recovery Fund.
Image: Fournier Street, Spitalfields by Marc Gooderham
(c) Marc Gooderham Reproduced with the kind permission of the artist