The organizers of Saaremaa music festival "I Land Sound" hopes to solve their visitor limit issues by holding the festival over two separate weekends. A proposal was submitted to Saaremaa municipality government on Monday to organize the festival in two parts.
I Land Sound announced on Friday that as not enough guests had returned their tickets by the deadline, they had not reached the government's 1,000-visitor limit rule for the festival which takes place in July. On Monday, the festival organizers offered the municipality a solution to organize the festival on two consecutive weekends.
Aarne Põlluäär, Head of the Culture and Sports Department of Saaremaa Parish, confirmed non-profit organization Piidivabrik submitted an application for a public event permit to organize the festival between July 16 and July 19 under the name I Land Sound 2020, and from July 23 to July 26 under the name I Land Sound 2020 2.0, both over the weekend and with 1,000 participants.
On Wednesday, I Land Sound announced on Facebook negotiations with the municipality for the safe organization of the event are ongoing and that the organization of the festival will continue on the table only for one weekend, e.g from July 16 to July 19, or it will be postponed to the following year.
"No business or local government wants to cause another outbreak of the virus, and we fully understand our responsibilities. It is therefore very important that decisions are carefully discussed and coordinated with all parties," the organizers said in a statement.
The organizers have decided to continue preparations until the municipality decides on granting a permit by the end of June at the latest.
"We have considered the precepts of both the government and the municipality at every step of the order, and we will continue to do so with all seriousness. Therefore, we are sure that no one has a reason to stand in front of the festival."
Valmar Kass, Communications Adviser of the Saaremaa Parish Government, said that they have involved the Health Board (Terviseamet), among others, in the decision-making process and are considering various circumstances thoroughly.
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein