July 20 2021

ID&T c.s. and Dutch government have agreed to explore practical feasibility of events in the foreseeable future

On behalf of the event sector, ID&T c.s., together with the Alliantie van Evenementenbouwers and Fieldlab Evenementen had a first conversation today with the Dutch government about a sustainable future for the Dutch event sector.

Following the summary proceedings festival organizer ID&T, known for events such as Mysteryland, Milkshake, and Decibel Outdoor, filed against the Dutch government on Friday 9 July 2021, Minister De Jonge made a proposal during the debate the Dutch Parliament held on Wednesday 14 July, to enter a dialogue with the industry. Earlier today, ID&T was one of the parties that joined the conversation with the responsible representatives of the relevant ministers on behalf of the more than 40 organizations that had previously joined the summary proceedings as co-claimants, which includes the organizations behind events such as F1 Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort, DGTL, and Don’t Let Daddy Know.

During the conversation, expert members of the OMT provided new insights in their personal capacity, particularly regarding the new uncertainty regarding the delta variant. The insights of the OMT may lead to new measures, in which testing must take place no more than 24 hours before the end of the event instead of 40 hours before the start, and in addition, vaccinated individuals must also be tested in all cases before the start of the event. It has been agreed that the practical feasibility will be examined, however, the industry foresees firm operational challenges. In the coming days, the parties will remain in close contact to get clarity quickly. A new conversation will be scheduled at a later moment.

Rosanne Janmaat, COO of ID&T: “We have agreed to investigate the practical feasibility. It is crucial for our industry to gain perspective on the future, in which we can organize events in a safe and responsible way in the short term and do so as well in the long term without measures.”

In the conversation today, the parties committed to developing an airtight system for Testen voor Toegang (Testing for Access) and have clarity on all required conditions in which events will be permitted. The sector stipulates it is of utmost importance to receive clarification on this as soon as possible, August 1 at the latest. In addition, the industry reiterated to the present ministers the importance of rapid decision-making.


Background info
On Friday 9 July 2021, Dutch festival organization ID&T, known for events such as Mysteryland, Milkshake, and Decibel Outdoor, filed summary proceedings against the Dutch government following the new COVID measures in the Netherlands. After lifting a big part of the restrictions on events, cultural venues, and audiences at professional sports competitions and sports and youth activities 2 weeks ago, the Dutch government announced last Friday that at least until August 13th, all visitors have to be seated and only a limited number of visitors are allowed. This consequently leads to many cancellations of events.

ID&T, together with over 40 parties, among which the organizations behind events such as F1 Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort, DGTL and Don’t Let Daddy Know, disagrees with the recent decision the Dutch government made to categorically ban non-seated public events and see the decision as carelessly prepared and incorrect. The united organizers ask the judge in preliminary relief proceedings for permission to allow public events that meet the Fieldlab conditions. These conditions for organizing a safe event, without social distancing, have been drawn up on the basis of carefully conducted research and extensive experiments that Fieldlab Events carried out earlier this year, in collaboration with among others ID&T, and have also been endorsed by the Dutch government.

Today, the Alliantie van Evenementenbouwers, of which ID&T c.s. is a member, and Fieldlab had a conversation with the responsible minister, as a result of which the united organizers stayed the summary proceedings, which are therefore now on hold. If the conversation held today does not result in a workable situation, ID&T c.s. will continue the summary proceedings and force a workable situation through the courts.

ID&T c.s. include: 4PM Entertainment, A Venue Events, Absolutely Fresh, Apenkooi, Apex Event Productions, BS-Events, BZB, Chasing the Hihat, DGP Race, Electronic Picnic, Elevation Events, Faul Productions, Feestfabriek, First Vision, Happy Group, HockeyLoverz, ID&T, J&F Group, Kairos Events, Intents Events, Life Over Future, Minority Events, Mudmasters, MW Events, Nomads, One of the Guys, Paradigm, Par-T, Pm & EA, Sensation Events, Special Events Nijverdal, Stichting 24-uurs Solexrace, Stichting BeetjeDansen Events, Stichting de Wijze Uil, Stichting Paaspop, Stichting Rebirth Events, The Zoo Events, Thuishaven Events, Toffler Festival, Trailerfest, Trees Of Live, UDC Events, WiSH Outdoor Nederland, and ZeeZout.