Friday, 13 March 2020

EBBA Black & Whit Logo                                                 Logo Palanga

The European Brass Band Association (EBBA) and the local organisers in Palanga are announcing that the 2020 European Brass Band Championships, including all connected events scheduled to be held in Palanga, Lithuania, in April-May, will be cancelled due to the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Making the announcement, EBBA President Ulf Rosenberg states: “We are very sorry to have to announce that, in light of the World Health Organisation’s definition of COVID-19 as a pandemic and the growing restrictions being imposed by national governments and other agencies, the European Championships cannot go ahead in Lithuania this year as planned. Our first priority is the health and safety of both the brass band and wider communities and this has been the overriding factor in making this very painful decision.”

Ulf Rosenberg continued: “We have enormous sympathy for the local organisers and city officials in Palanga, who have worked tirelessly over recent years to present the European Brass Band Championships in Baltic region for the first time. They have shown themselves to be a very impressive team in preparing what would undoubtedly have been a memorable and high-quality event. We also appreciate that participating players and bands have made huge sacrifices in their preparations and could face financial implications due to the cancellation of the event. Audience members will face similar issues in addition to their natural disappointment in missing out on a great event and we are very sorry that they will all be affected by this decision, but with such widespread restrictions on public gatherings and travel, presenting the world’s most prestigious brass band competition as scheduled has simply become impossible.”

On behalf of Palangos Orkestras, the local organisers, Vygantas Rekašius adds:

“The EBBC 2020 organising team regrets this force majeure situation. However, we understand the need to halt the organisation of EBBC 2020 which was planned in April-May and to postpone the event till the nearest possible time. We have been seeking to organise EBBC in Palanga, Lithuania with great desire and enthusiasm. We still are determined to implement it. For the last few years we have been working intensively for this, experiencing a lot of benevolence and meeting many great musicians. Our team have worked according to the plan until the last minute. Therefore, we hope that the spread of COVID-19 will be restrained the celebration of the brass banding finally will be able to take place in Palanga.”

Ulf Rosenberg concluded: “We would like to thank everyone involved, including local organisers, bands, players, conductors, administrators, members of the European Youth Brass Band, composers, traders, media and others facilitating and contributing to the event, for their high level of co-operation and understanding of this very serious situation. EBBA will continue to prepare the 2021 event in Malmö (Sweden) and liaise with the planned cities, Innsbruck (Austria), Stavanger (Norway) and Gateshead (England) over details of future events and will make further announcements regarding the current situation in due course. We will also continue to work with our friends in Palanga to bring the EBBC in Lithuania, as we are still strongly in favour presenting the EBBC in the Baltic”.

Ticket buyers for the 2020 event in Palanga will get a refund.

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