Organisation of a test concert for 440 people in Spa

Co-organiser of the Francofolies de Spa and deputy Mouvement Réformateur, Charles Gardier, the pop-rock group Ykons and the Centre Culturel de Spa are working on the organisation of a "test concert" in the town of Spa by the end of March.

Expected to take place in the Theatre of Spa, it would bring 440 people together; masks would be mandatory and the audience would remain seated. The findings and data resulting from the potential concert would be used by the authorities to look into increasing the 50-person capacity for concerts. This limitation, authorised last summer, is currently not profitable for professional organisers.

Charles Gardier declared to our colleagues at RTBF :

"The cultural sector really needs perspectives! Outdoor concerts for 50 people are not audible prospects for the cultural sector. And therefore, we must be on the side of solutions, come up with precise figures, precise protocols. […] Our proposal is to do a test concert in seated seats, with a maximum capacity, in a "cultural centre" type venue, between 00 and 440 seats, in this case the magnificent Théâtre de Spa; but we will have to do test concerts standing up, test shows in different ways; also in cinemas. It is necessary to rely on figures, precise data, to start the deconfinement."

Photo: RTBF Journal de 13h

The city of Spa has given its approval for the test, and Pop-rock band Ykons volunteered to participate. A Covid-proof protocol remains to be determined ; meetings are planned next week with the University of Liège in order to create one. The federal government has yet to give its permission as well.

The Francofolies, Spa’s music festival held every Summer since its first edition in 1994, had been cancelled last summer due to the global pandemic. If Gardier does not comment on a potential 2021 edition he insists that this test concert and the data it could gather would be a great encouragement for alternative cultural experience and help organise a potential deconfinement for the better.

Read the original version of this article in French at RTBF website.

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