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We Are All Emotional Festival postponed to May 6-7, 2022

25. 11. 2021 11:00

tranzit.cz / Matter of Art announce that the festival of performance art We Are All Emotional, due to take place on December 3–4, 2021, has been postponed. Our organization has decided to take this step in response to the worrying development of the epidemic situation in the Czech Republic and other countries.

→ An official statement on the current situation on our website
→ Download the text in .doc and .pdf

”It is with a heavy heart that we postpone the international performance festival We Are All Emotional for the second time because of the Covid-19 pandemic. At times like this, cultural institutions find themselves in a difficult situation. Health professionals are exhausted, hospitals are being turned into covid wards, and there is zero faith in the government in the face of insufficient, delayed measures which no one trusts or understands and which only serve to divide society. In such a situation, does it make sense to organize mass cultural events that contribute to the spread of the virus, even given the fact that audiences hunger for them, artists crave them, financial backers demand them, and they help us all maintain our mental health? For the umpteenth time, cultural institutions are faced with a dilemma that is emotionally very challenging and that they lack the expertise to solve. We have decided to postpone our festival once again, until next year. We follow the code of a feminist institution, and we do not want to contribute to the spread of disease, jeopardize the health of society as a whole, and undermine the overall level of healthcare by overwhelming health facilities. The flip side of this decision is fatigue and the bitter feeling that we have wasted not only our time, energy, and resources but also those of our collaborators and partners and that in some other country, with some other government, we would not be in this situation. On the other hand, at this moment, when we lack meaning in what we are doing in the context of the whole social situation, postponing the festival is the best decision for us.”
—The tranzit.cz collective