In a blog post shared to their website today, Amsterdam Dance Event announced that they, too, are adapting to COVID-19. Though this is unfortunate, it was an expected result of the continued impact of the pandemic. Though ADE hasn’t cancelled their entire event series yet – both conference and festival – the ADE Conference will happen in an “online-first format.”
As they explain in their post:
ADE Conference will take place in an online-first format, combining an extended digital program with limited physical networking elements. As travel to Amsterdam is limited for most of the broader international B2B audience, our 2020 conference program will take place as an online-focused format. As always, we will combine panels, masterclasses and interactive Q&As with an extensive networking platform that enables ADE delegates to connect and meet up, both virtually as well as in real life.
They then explain that the “shape of ADE Festival is still uncertain at this point, but we aim to deliver the best possible ADE experience while respecting public health and government guidelines.” The festival typically takes over numerous venues, shops and spaces across the city. That said, it’s vital to consider how its presence can impact attendees’ and residents’ health and safety. Though there is no firm answer as to whether this will happen in-person yet, it’s likely that this’ll become virtual too.
The news has not been publicly shared to their socials yet, but we’re curious to see how their audience will react. Ultimately, a virtual version of the event is the safest way to curb the spread of COVID-19.