ADE 2021 Hangs In the Balance After Dutch Government’s “Disastrous” COVID-19 Nightlife Restrictions
The 2021 edition of Amsterdam Dance Event, the world's premier electronic music summit, is in jeopardy after the Dutch government's latest clamp on nightlife.
Amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Health Minister Hugo de Jonge organized a press conference last week to announce that Dutch nightclubs must remain shuttered until November 1st. "I realize that this is again a hard message and that more was hoped for," Rutte said. "The work in these sectors can continue, but with one hand tied behind their back for the time being."
ADE is scheduled for October 13-17, painting a grim picture for what was supposed to be the event's triumphant return after going virtual in 2020. Organizers recently confirmed a slew of high-profile panelists, such as electronic music luminaries deadmau5 and Don Diablo, as well as announced the launch of an immersive Arts & Culture program.