Lofoten Piano Festival 2020 is cancelled

Due to the difficult situation related to the corona virus, the board of the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival has decided to cancel this summer’s Lofoten Piano Festival 2020.

We have been following the trend lately, and the signals from the authorities indicate that we will be affected for months to come. In addition, we have used some specific arguments:

  • A large proportion of our audience is at risk
  • A large proportion of our audience – close to 50% – are visitors, also from abroad
  • A large proportion of our artists – close to 50% – are from abroad. This could lead to restrictions on entering Norway at all.
  • The conditions for flights and accommodation are very uncertain. Large parts of the tourism industry in Lofoten are now closed.
  • Although the situation would improve faster, we still believe it will take time for people to feel comfortable meeting large groups.

It will be possible to cancel purchased tickets where the money is refunded. Initially, we have set up the following solution:

  • FESTIVAL PASS: If you have purchased a festival pass, the pass and subsequent tickets will be canceled automatically. The money is refunded back to the debit card used for purchase.
  • TICKETS: If you have purchased single tickets, we offer two options:
    • Would you like to support the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival you have the opportunity to do so by not demanding a refund of the tickets you have purchased. The contribution will cover our already incurred costs for this summer’s festival – and strengthen us for next year’s festival.
    • You can cancel the tickets and the amount will be refunded back to the debit card used for purchase. For cancellation and refunds, contact general manager Knut Kirkesæther at knut@lofotenfestival.com by April 15.

Although we are already in the planning of the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival 2021, we want to give something to Lofoten already this year. We are already aiming for November and are already in contact with concert venues and artists.

This will of course be a completely different festival, but with classical music in the center. Stay tuned for more information about the festival here and on our Facebook page.

For those of you who will not have the opportunity to come this fall, we hope to see everyone again in 2021. Several of the artists are already ready, and we look forward to presenting them already this fall.

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