Culture 2020: the year of cancellations

December 25, 2020 – 10:03 am Clock

Berlin (dpa) – The Golden Globes, Oscars and Grammys, the RTL jungle camp, the Berlinale and the Vienna Opera Ball still took place normally. But from March 2020 it was over with normality in the cultural scene.

In the Corona crisis there were cancellations and changes. Theaters, opera houses and cinemas were closed worldwide; Trade fairs, festivals, concerts and many other events were affected by slowdowns, lockdowns, shutdowns.

What was canceled or shortened and changed?

And: what is possible in 2021?

One of the first things to be canceled was the Leipzig Book Fair in March and then the Theatertreffen in Berlin in May. The Grimmepreis and the German Film Prize did without galas and made do with television formats, just as the American TV Prize Emmy Awards did later.

In Upper Bavaria, the Oberammergau Passion Play, which takes place only every ten years, was postponed to 2022, in Munich the 187th Oktoberfest was canceled. Instead there was a “Wirtshaus-Wiesn”.

As one of the few major music and theater festivals in Europe, the Salzburg Festival emerged in its 100th anniversary year – even if it was cut down and subject to strict hygiene requirements. Instead of 200 there were only about half as many performances in the program.

In France, the most important film festival in the world – the Festival de Cannes – was postponed from May to the end of October and shortened to a three-day mini-festival. Some films were shown that would have competed for trophies in May. Because of the curfew from 9 p.m., the film premieres were brought forward to 6 p.m. 56 films now adorn themselves with the “Cannes 2020” seal of approval.

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The film festival in Toronto took place without a star cast and with a decimated program. In September, Venice was the first of the major film festivals to venture a Corona issue: For example, mouth and nose protection had to be worn on the premises, including the entire time in the cinema.

The writers’ awards such as the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Book Prize or the Georg Büchner Prize went without major galas, as was the case with the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.

And 2021? Much is uncertain. In New York, the Broadway theaters are closed until at least the end of May, the renowned Metropolitan Opera (Met) even until at least September. For example, the Vienna Opera Ball and the street carnival in Rio have been canceled for 2021.

The Oscars are not due to take place until April 25th instead of February 28th; instead the Golden Globes on February 28th. The German Film Prize will not be awarded until October 1st instead of in spring. The Grammys are planning a pandemic-proof show on January 31st.

The Leipzig Book Fair is planning for the end of May (27th to 30th) instead of March.

After the cancellation in 2020, Rotterdam should be able to catch up with the Eurovision Song Contest in spring 2021 – the final show is therefore on May 22nd.

Cannes wants to take place again in May (11th to 22nd), Art Basel in mid-June (17th to 20th), the Bayreuth Festival also wants to take place again in summer, as well as the film festival in Locarno (4th to 14th) August). But some things could look different in 2021 or even suddenly fail despite all efforts or be downgraded to the streamed event.

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In any case, Europe’s capitals of culture in 2021 are canceled. The 2020 titleholders – Rijeka in Croatia and Galway in Ireland – will have the opportunity to keep their title until April 30, 2021.

The cities of 2021 will not become cultural capitals until 2022 and 2023: Novi Sad in the candidate country Serbia 2022 alongside the already determined cities of Kaunas in Lithuania and Esch an der Alzette in Luxembourg. The Greek Elefsina and the Romanian Timisoara then 2023.

Despite everything, there will be plenty of prizes and events again in 2021, but with whom, how and when, in many cases, it will be possible to determine more quickly than usual.

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