Albania’s Unum festival ‘100% guaranteed to move forward’ in June
Promoters of the Unum Festival, which is scheduled for June 3-7, 2021, in Shëngjin, Albania, say there are no scenarios that could end this year’s edition, mainly thanks to the projects of ‘use a quick test for anyone who wants to enter the event.
Unum Festival 2021 is supported by the Albanian ministries responsible for tourism, environment and health. Festival director Grego O’Halloran said Pollstar, “the Minister of Tourism supports this festival and will soon make an announcement to give his personal guarantee.”
Albania was one of the few places in Europe to remain open throughout the summer of 2020, public life was hardly disrupted, O’Halloran recalled.
The open-air festival, specializing in electronic music genres, takes place on the picturesque Albanian Riviera, offering “five days of non-stop music, dancing, relaxation and (…) a rich array of art, performance and more, ”according to the announcement.
Confirmed artists include Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Priku, Praslea, tINI, Sonja Moonear, Shaun Reeves, Raresh, Cesar Merveille, Dyed Soundorom, Leon, Nikola Vemic, And.Re, Cap, Alex Kostic, Rayo, Nikifor, Nemax, Fogg, George Adi, Hajdar Berisha, Hiroko Yamamura, Nikola Vemic, Dona K, Franco Cinelli. Other names must be announced.
To ensure that no one entering the 2021 Unum Festival contracts the virus, promoters use the rapid screening service of British company Swallow Events.
In addition, “we are taking all necessary measures to ensure that security measures are followed at all times and there will be no tolerance for this,” reads the festival announcement.
In the event that travel restrictions are in place from other countries, the Unum festival will continue for local music fans, “but we really do not envision this situation happening, based on current Albanian law, of what has happened since March 2020 and the plans we have devised to provide a Covid safe environment for the event, ”explained O’Halloran.
Unum Festival celebrated its first edition in 2019. After being forced to cancel in 2020 due to Covid restrictions in place at the time, the team is motivated to deliver a second edition filled with many experiences that go beyond music.
In partnership with the city of Shengjin and the Albanian Ministry of Tourism and Environment, Unum Festival 2021 will be integrated into a full week of culture, dubbed Culture Week.
“This is a brand new addition for 2021 which will be a meeting point for the artistic community, amazing names from the world of art, music and traditional Albanian culture which is based on five pillars: short and feature films, silent cinema, round tables, installations, street art, graffiti, murals, sculptures, artistic performances and much more from a team of professional artists from around the world.
“There will also be an alternative stage with performances by local and international artists, body painting, yoga, a play area, a tattoo area, a chill out area, an ARTizan market with handicrafts and much more. more that will allow participants to immerse themselves as deeply as possible in the world of alternative art, meet other artists and be inspired by the innovations of the week ”, concludes the announcement.