Deventer Op Stelten postponed until 2021
Deventer, 16 April 2020
The international outdoor theater festival Deventer Op Stelten is due to the corona crisis canceled this year and has been moved to 2021.
Stichting dEVENTer, final responsible and organizer of the event, unfortunately had to make this decision.
The main reason is that large-scale public events may only take place if health and safety can be guaranteed. Currently, that is not the case, nor in July and August.
It concerns the health and safety of all visitors, participants, artists, volunteers, other employees and colleagues.
Events such as the international outdoor theater festival Deventer Op Stelten do not fit in the 1.5 meter scenario (social distancing).
In addition to all physical aspects, health and safety also includes social aspects. Stichting dEVENTer endorses the so-called code of Inclusivity. This means that events will only take place if everyone can and may participate in them.
The corona crisis and thus all national and international measures and restrictions do not make it possible to organize the festival responsibly and efficiently. Deventer Op Stelten requires an extensive organization of several months. This involves a large number of practical and financial matters, but certainly also the need to achieve a responsible artistic concept.
Deventer Op Stelten was to take place from 10 to 12 July this year.
Part of Deventer Op Stelten is the music festival Hoogtevrees. This activity will not take place either.
Stichting dEVENTer deeply regrets the decision and is aware of its cultural, social and economic impact. When making the decision the last few weeks, we have been looking closely to similar events in the Netherlands and abroad, the decisions of the authorities and advice from the National Institute for Public Health, and the various subsidies and funds.
There is no workable option to postpone the festival until later this year or to come up with alternatives this year.
The decision will be made in the positive perspective for 2021:
Deventer Op Stelten will then be from 8 to 11 July!
About the festival
For more than twenty years the historic town of Deventer in the Netherlands has celebrated culture and arts on the streets. While ‘Op Stelten’ (‘on stilts’) is now used largely as a figurative sense, the performers are truly of the highest level and come from all over Europe. During the international outdoor-theatre festival ‘Deventer Op Stelten’, Deventer turns into a giant open air theatre with over 150 national and international top performances in the historic city centre of Deventer at 20 locations in- and around the centre.
During a weekend in July, performances out of Frances, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands can be seen on monumental squares, in parks and on the streets, in churches and smaller locations.