Members of the festivals and occasions group on P.E.I. are assembly this week to brainstorm concepts on learn how to overcome COVID-19 challenges in 2021.
Many occasions have been cancelled in 2020, and organizers are hoping the planning classes can assist make 2021 a greater yr.
“We do not actually have solutions as to what’s going to occur in 2021 so persons are fearful about what are the rules going to be,” stated Emma MacKenzie, chair of the board of Festivals and Occasions P.E.I., in an interview with Mainstreet P.E.I. host Matt Rainnie.
MacKenzie stated some giant festivals, such because the P.E.I. Worldwide Shellfish Pageant, start planning a yr prematurely.
‘Lack of planning time’
“I feel the concern … is that particularly with lots of these greater occasions, with the shortage of planning time — since there’s so many unknowns going into 2021 — they’ll need to be scaled down considerably. And other people do not wish to have an effect on their model so persons are actually taking a look at how they’ll proceed their model, however in an inexpensive planning time.”
Folks do not wish to have an effect on their model so persons are actually taking a look at how they’ll proceed their model, however in an inexpensive planning time.— Emma MacKenzie
She stated occasion organizers are additionally involved concerning the additional prices required to stick to public well being measures.
“With all these further prices, lots of organizers are fearful if their occasions are even going to be possible with none further funding, or is it going to need to be the buyer that is going to need to pay that value.”
MacKenzie hopes a few of these questions could be answered through the classes, known as Planning Ahead: Pivots and Finest Practices for the Occasion Business.
Free to attend
It can characteristic keynote audio system in addition to workshops. It’s free, however contributors should register beforehand via the Festivals and Occasions P.E.I. Fb web page.
The primary session is Wednesday at 9 a.m. on the Faculty of Piping in Summerside. The opposite session, which additionally features a digital possibility, is Friday at 9 a.m. at Florence Simmons Corridor at Holland Faculty in Charlottetown.
Extra from CBC P.E.I.