CityProms Festival Jubilee edition postponed for a year
PRESS RELEASE 15 April 2020
Leeuwarden/Harlingen 15 April 2020
CityProms cannot go ahead this year. The accessible and free classical music festival has had to be postponed due to the Corona crisis. CityProms should have had its tenth edition from 21 June in Leeuwarden. As Festival Director Margot Hoiting declared, “You can be assured that we will have even bigger jubilee celebrations next year!”
CityProms is a multi-day festival with as many as 1500 (amateur) musicians from 104 Friesian cities, towns and villages participating. They work together with professional national and international musicians and orchestras. Margot Hoiting: “CityProms is an important focus point for many artists and orchestras. We look forward to it and if it can’t happen, it hurts.”
However, rehearsing together is simply not possible. Despite all the preparations and hours of practice, the Corona virus has put a stop to it; for the artists and ensembles and also for the audiences. “It is a shame that the festival cannot go ahead”, says Margot Hoiting, “because we could all do with a musical pick-me-up!”.
The trademark of the festival is the way it connects with, and provides a platform for, vulnerable groups and social programmes. CityProms and its sister organisation EMBRACE Nederland organise inclusive music projects for, among others: people with disabilities; homeless people; and for newcomers to the Netherlands.
Here also, Margot remains positive: “We hope that maybe some of these social projects can go ahead in the autumn, because everyone is itching to carry on. As soon as we can, we will start up again.”
It is not known in what form this can happen, but this will become clearer over the following weeks.