It is with great sadness, but also with great hope, that Piknic Électronik announces the delay of its 2020 season opening, previously scheduled for May 17th, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The iconic, can’t-miss event of Montreal’s cultural summer season will abide by the orders put out by health officials and the city of Montreal, regarding the cancelation of all events on city territory until July 2nd. Piknic Électronik’s extremely flexible, weekly schedule however, allows it to prepare for a rapid return, as soon as prohibitions are lifted. The 18th season was due to take place from May 17th through September 27th 2020.
“For the first time in 18 years, Piknic Électronik will be unable to mark the beginning of Montreal’s cultural summer season, and it’s with heavy hearts but also with the best interests of all in mind, that we are announcing the delay of the season opening. We take the safety and health of our team, our community, our partners, and our suppliers extremely seriously,” noted Pascal Lefebvre, president and cofounder of Multicolore. “One thing’s for certain: our team is entirely dedicated to the collective work that will allow us to emerge from this crisis, and we’re working to find creative and innovative solutions in anticipation of the time when we will finally be able to offer the events our community is so ardently awaiting.”
Organizers are closely following the situation to ensure that the season opening will take place under the most hygienic conditions possible, as soon as public authorities allow it. Several scenarios are currently being considered, each involving changes to the form and content of the season’s Sunday get-togethers, with a notable emphasis on local talent. The unique and adaptable formula that has made Piknic Électronik a success at home and abroad, will undoubtedly be up to the task of adapting to our new reality.
The culture industry has taken a massive hit since the very beginning of this emergency. “We are living through an unprecedented crisis and are navigating through uncharted waters regarding the future of festivals and cultural events, in Quebec and around the world. We are closely collaborating with all stakeholders in the event and tourism spaces, as well as with representatives from all levels of government, in order to ensure the survival of our industry and our events” says Nicolas Cournoyer, VP of public affairs and social responsibility.
The circumstances surrounding this global pandemic are exceptional and unprecedented. Piknic Électronik invites its followers to do their part by respecting social distancing orders and by staying at home, for the health and safety of all! For now, join us Sundays on social media for #PiknicÀLaMaison. See you on your living room dance floor!