Valentine Titov viewers fell in love with the cult films Shield and Sword and Big Break. Despite fame, the 78-year-old actress lives very modestly. Not to say poor.
Valentina Titova experienced in her life the betrayal of her colleagues, separation from her daughter, and difficult financial situation. However, the star of the Soviet films does not lose heart on self-isolation: “I live in the old way, I put in order the apartment, myself and I comply with these standards.” Such little things make her happy.
Valentina Antipovna does not hide – her no financial airbag. “My pension is 16 thousand rubles a month due to the lack of ranks … They also added four thousand due to the virus. As a result, 20. I understood: I can live on them poorly and economically,” StarHit quotes her.
Half of the amount from the actress goes to rent. She learned to save.
“Was poor several times in her life. But we experienced these moments. There is nothing wrong with that, the body also needs a respite, it is impossible to endlessly exist under the motto “How I want!”. Now I live as I did not want, but I live … Life is a great test. If you pass it, then you are a man. And the rest is schizophrenia and idiocy, “the star admits.
She advises – no need to save, you just need to part with money. At 78, Valentina Antipovna looks gorgeous.
“Do not turn into the old woman Isergil. And this is very easy: in the morning, don’t put on a bra and underpants, don’t pull on tights … Here you are cuttlefish … I want to be better. For example, I really do not like to dye eyelashes, but it is necessary. The actor must wear this uniform all his life, he is the face of the nation, “the celebrity is sure.
She does not complain about anything, but misses her daughter and granddaughter very much. They live in Greece and waiting for Titov to visit her.
LOS ANGELES – Early confinement and other prevention measures promoted by the state government have allowed California, with more than 40 million inhabitants and some 300 deaths from COVID-19, to become an example of how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in United States.
So far, the nation’s largest metropolis, Los Angeles, with more than 10 million citizens, has recorded fewer than 6,000 cases and 132 deaths, far from New York City, which has 8 and a half million inhabitants. and it has confirmed some 130,000 infections and more than 4,000 deaths.
“California has been doing quite well in the COVID-19 pandemic, with a relatively low number of infected per 100,000 people and a low death rate,” said Professor Karin Michels, head of the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
California Governor Gavin Newsom was one of the first in the country to enact relatively strict confinement, allowing only “essential” activities such as going to the grocery store and pharmacy, and exercising respect for safety distances between people.
In contrast, eight states – Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming – have not mandated their residents to stay home.
“The governor issued ‘home security’ and ‘shelter’ orders relatively quickly. Universities like UCLA and other large employers closed even earlier and sent people to work, teach and study from home,” said Michels, who has extensive experience in disease prevention, public health and statistical methods.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, California schools may continue to be closed until the end of August.
Newsom also took the initiative to decree the closure of schools, which will remain closed until next year, as a preventive measure; in asking President Donald Trump to send a hospital ship to Los Angeles to support local hospitals before it reached a hypothetical peak in the number of cases, which has not yet occurred; and in closing the state’s beaches and parks.
Another point that seems to have helped so far in the exceptional case of California against COVID-19, according to experts, is the low population density of the state, which reduces the possibility of contagion and allows better compliance with the rules of social distancing.
Despite having a large population, Californians do not live in
as dense as New Yorkers. Cities spread with
Few skyscrapers: Relative to other states, many more people in
California lives in houses, not in apartment buildings or buildings
high, “summarizes Michels, who is based on data from a study of his
YOUNG PEOPLE, LESS DEATHS PER CAPITA
California has had a much lower per capita death rate than most of the nation’s largest states, with the exception of Texas.
“The state has a low average age and a high
density of healthcare facilities, which may have contributed to
the low mortality rate, “explained Michels.
According to a recent study published in The Lancet, the mortality rate among those infected with 20 years of age is 0.03%, while for those 70 years of age it is 8.6%.
Californian authorities have projected alarming numbers in the
recent weeks, although so far those estimates have not been
Newsom himself foresaw two weeks ago that more than half the state’s population, or about 25 million people, would become infected, so he begged its residents to follow the guidelines to the letter.
For his part, the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, did not hesitate to forecast that the city “would follow in the footsteps of New York” in number of cases, a catastrophic scenario that is still far away.
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The United States on Monday exceeded 10,000 deaths from coronavirus, with 10,335 and almost 350,000 infected, making it the third country with the most deaths after Italy and Spain, according to the count of the Center for Systems, Science and Engineering (CSSE) from Johns Hopkins University (Maryland).
The new data is known after this Sunday
President Donald Trump, during his usual daily press conference,
make sure “this will probably be the hardest week, between this
week and next, and there will be a lot of death. ”
The state of New York, the great epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, accumulates with these latest figures a total of 4,758 deaths and 130,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19, compared to just over 122,000 that it had a day earlier.
NEW YORK – Ensuring health, safety, food and a roof for all are the priorities of the budget presented this Thursday by the city of New York, some accounts of “war” in the face of the coronavirus crisis, which come accompanied by an appeal to the American president Donald Trump to allow a “rescue” of the Big Apple.
With tax revenues slumping as a result of the slowdown in economic activity, the mayor, Bill de Blasio, announced “painful” cuts of more than $ 2 billion to try to balance the budget in the year that begins in June.
According to his calculations, New York is going to lose some 7,400 million dollars in income, a “horrible” number, according to admitted De Blasio, that requires a determined intervention of the federal Government.
The mayor urged Washington to cover this deficit in full and warned that without that money, the basic needs of New Yorkers cannot be guaranteed.
“If they can find 58,000 million to rescue the airlines, surely they can find 7,500 million for the largest city in the country,” stressed the mayor.
Democrat De Blasio appealed directly to Trump, whom he asked for a clear signal of support for his hometown for Senate Republicans to give the green light to necessary aid.
As he insisted, the city is already doing everything possible on its part, with a budget of $ 89.3 billion, $ 6 billion less than the proposal that the City Council had initially made in January, $ 3.4 billion less than last year’s accounts and using the reserves he had accumulated to have “balanced” accounts.
Among other things, the budget foresees that all public activities be drastically limited and, for example, this summer the swimming pools will not be opened.
De Blasio also warned New Yorkers not to hold out too much hope about beach opening, given the risk of contagion from the coronavirus posed by the huge crowds seen in places like Coney Island.
Public resources, he insisted, will be devoted to basic issues: health, safety, food and housing.
“These are four things that people are mostly thinking about and the government has to focus on those four things. Things that would have been a priority two or three months ago cannot be now. Things we would like to focus on in times of peace cannot be the priority in times of war and these are times of war, “said de Blasio.
The Democrat also warned Trump and Republicans that their desire to restart the economy as soon as possible will be ruined if the basic needs of the population are not met or if they precipitate and cause a resurgence of COVID-19. .
Trump, De Blasio insisted, has only one chance to do this well and, if he is wrong, he will regret it for a long time.
In addition, New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea offered a video conference on Thursday to detail how the coronavirus has affected the city’s police forces to date.
Specifically, the New York police have registered 7,155 positive cases for COVID-19 among its members, about 20% of its staff and 27 officers have died from the virus.
Shea also detailed that it is estimated that between 1,400 and 1,500 of the sick police officers have returned to work.
“You start to see a little light at the end of the tunnel and it seems that the worst is over,” said Shea, who regretted the losses and asked for a moment of silence.
Through direct awards and at prices 20 percent higher, the federal administration buys medical supplies, assured Enrique Martínez, General Director of the Pharmaceutical Institute (Inefam).
The lag and disorder experienced by the acquisition of supplies in 2019 and early 2020, is added the rush to acquire what is necessary for the pandemicassured
The specialist warned about the fact that not having the possibility of consolidating demand and having a better opportunity to define prices in terms of volume, today they buy as they can and what is at hand. “Since there is no programming, because you are trying to acquire what is available from the bidders, whether they have in stock or ease of scheduling production in the short term,” he said.
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Confinement requires, physical exercises at home have become the only solutions to keep in shape. Among these practices, yoga, given the limited resources it requires and its significant presence on broadcasting networks, has been extremely successful. Combined with the image of healthy and fulfilling exercise, this millennial activity of Indian origin has constantly evolved and changed over time and in societies. Which leads us to question: in this age of ultra performance and social networks, what type of yoga do we practice?
Goodbye the body
To reduce yoga to just physical activity would not be very fair. Behind this term, first, there is a spiritual discipline specific to Hindu philosophy. Although difficult to date, the most primitive forms of yoga would have appeared between the IIIe and the Ier millennium BC. But it was at the end of this period, under the rise of Brahmanism, that this philosophy developed by adopting a discourse. Indeed, yoga was first of all a form of renunciation of the world, “A voice of inner silence”, according to the work of the Indianist Michel Angot. The Brahmanization of yoga, in other words the association of speech with this initially silent experience, will give rise to a collection which is called Yoga-sutra. For Michel Angot, the main object of Hindu philosophy, especially through yoga, is the deliverance of the soul through the absence of suffering. It’s actually a “Suicide of the body”, in the sense that it is a question of putting bodily sensations at a distance, or even of extinguishing them in order to eliminate suffering and pain, and to “Put the mind to rest”.
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The real upheaval takes place only around the XIe century, with the appearance of a new form of yoga, called tantric, which proposes to unite with the divine. This results in the search for perfection by the full exploitation of human capacities, both physical and mental. From then on, the yoguist becomes quite something other than this ascetic figure, he is a performing body and resistant to pain. So in the XVIIIe century, yogists were even employed as soldiers against the British army, and sometimes recruited by the latter. They passed “Men of peace to men of war”, according to Michel Angot. Far from the more original Yoga Sutra exercises, which put forward the work of sound and speech much more than that of the body. In other words, the achievement of asanas, body postures, was only secondary.
Breaking with the yoga of the origins, that spread all over the world and more particularly in Western societies rests on other cultural and social heritages than those of South Asia. French journalist Marie Kock, author of the book Yoga, a world story, returns at length to this diffusion through Western societies, which really began from the end of the XIXe at the instigation of master Swami Vivekananda. This last “First major exporter of Indian spirituality”, according to Michel Angot, participates amply in making yoga a tool of soft power for an Indian nation still under British supervision, but whose independence movement continues to grow. Regarding the practice itself, this yoga had to renounce part of its heritage to integrate other practices, such as different forms of gymnastics (Swedish in particular), and thus better correspond to the Western public.
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This is why yoga, by adapting and responding to the normative injunctions of its time, sees its practice mainly concentrated around bodily exercises, where the idea of body conservation and the quest for eternal youth have definitively replaced this original posture of renouncing the world. The imperative of health and long life which undoubtedly places “The body at the center of interests” according to the philosopher Isabelle Queval, is fully found in the new forms of yoga, which social networks promote. This is how the increasingly large dissemination of spectacular physical prowess (especially on Instagram) tends on the one hand to reduce yoga to a performative approach (to surpass oneself all the time), but also to propagate a discriminating normativity ( neither too thin nor too big). In addition, as Marie Kock points out, this predominance of a juvenile vision of the body generates new forms of precariousness in the world of yoga teaching, with many practitioners constantly seeking an ever younger and influential teacher.
In these times of confinement, the promotion of yoga exercises is in full swing. It seems important to understand that current practices are far removed from yoga of the origins and that they respond to contemporary structural and ideological determinisms. To understand this is not to denigrate the yogas of today, but above all to get rid of this exotic representation (often used for promotion) and understand that this practice, as it is inscribed in our social universe, can be a means of understanding.
The popular believe that it is better to reach specific state agreements than to try some Pacts of La Moncloa in which Pablo Iglesias is, who defends “antithetical” positions.
The Popular Party believes that “truth is the first hygienic measure to fight the virus.” This has been summarized by the ‘popular’ spokesperson in Congress, Cayetana lvarez de Toledo, her position on the photograph of the morgue of the Ice Palace, revealed today by EL MUNDO, and on the gap between reality and the official figures of those killed by the coronavirus.
“A nation must count its dead well to be able to dismiss them well and to establish an adequate strategy of confinement and take good care of the living. And that is why we need figures,” added Alvarez de Toledo in RNE. Along the same lines, Pablo Casado lamented that “Spain registers almost a fifth of world victims and is the country with the most deaths per million inhabitants.”
It must be remembered that the PP has requested in Congress an audit of the real number of deaths from coronavirus, since the Superior Court of Justice of Castilla-La Mancha reported a gap between the official figure and the number of deaths with symptoms, which that other autonomies have confirmed to this newspaper.
In the opinion of the ‘popular’, “very powerful indications are accumulating that the official data on deaths from coronavirus do not correspond to the real data, and that gap is terrible and needs to be clarified immediately,” since “Spain is not a democracy under construction, much less a democracy in the process of destruction, as some would like. “
Alvarez de Toledo has once again congratulated himself that “the democratic pressure of the PP has managed to stop the authoritarian drift of the Government” and that there is “control of the Government” again, and has insisted that it is not possible to reach a Pact in La Moncloa if We can still in the Executive.
“Podemos is not the Communist Party of the 1970s; Pablo Iglesias is not Santiago Carrillo. Pablo Iglesias’ project is antithetical to the Pacts of Moncloa and to the construction of the constitutional system of ’78,” he said, reiterating the argument of the Faes Foundation, chaired by Jos Mara Aznar. “Churches, and in part Mr. Snchez too, are tempted to forge a new majority around a much more radical idea of the left as a way out of the crisis,” he added.
Teodoro Garca Egea, secretary general of the PP, has criticized on TVE that Snchez talks about pacts, but “neither talks with Casado, nor with the Spanish companies that do tests, nor with the self-employed, he only talks with Pablo Iglesias.” Regarding the proposal to reissue the Moncloa Pacts, he recalled that for a year and a half Pablo Casado has offered him eleven State pacts to which Pedro Snchez has not yet responded. And he asked instead for “a mask deal.”
And it has made a defense of the management of the popular leaders. In his opinion, the autonomous presidents of the PP took action before the government. “The first leader who told Snchez to promote the state of alarm was Alfonso Fernndez Maueco; the first to confine part of the population was Fernando Lpez Miras; the first to suspend classes at schools and universities was Isabel Daz Ayuso; the first to do quick tests, Alberto Nez Feijoo and the first to start donating respirators to other autonomous communities, Juan Manuel Moreno, “he said.
WASHINGTON – The US public health director warned Sunday that due to the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus, “this will be the hardest week, the saddest week, in the lives of most Americans.”
Jerome Adams added: “Next week will be our Pearl Harbor moment, it will be our September 11 moment, it will be the most difficult time for many Americans in their entire lives.”
In declarations in several television programs, he indicated: “It will happen throughout the country, and I want the whole nation to understand it.”
The number of people infected with the virus in the United States exceeds 300,000 and the death toll stands at more than 8,400. More than 4,000 of those deaths occurred in New York State.
Much of the American population has orders to stay home, and authorities assert that there are indications that the population is abiding by instructions on social distancing. However, the government also emphasizes that the worst is yet to come.
In most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that disappear in two to three weeks. In some people, especially older adults and those with underlying health conditions, it can lead to more serious illnesses, such as pneumonia, and even death. Most people recover.
Although the health authorities recommended the use of masks to prevent the spread, experts ask not to let their guard down.
Some states have refused to order citizens to stay home. Adams was asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if those states should join the rest of the country.
“90% of Americans are doing their part even in states where they were not ordered to stay home,” Adams said.
“If a state cannot do it for 30 days, then give us a week, give us what they can, so that our health system is not overwhelmed this week.”
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California’s two largest school districts call on state aid in the wake of school closings that last longer than expected.
The San Diego Unified School District and Los Angeles Unified School District ask the state for an additional $ 500 per child in the state to help pay for the transition to full online learning.
In a letter to state officials, SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten and LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner also said they would like to form a task force.
“The combination of state policy makers and field professionals working side by side (obviously remotely) can be a reasonable approach in these usual times,” according to the letter.
SDUSD Trustee Richard Barrera said: “At present, we are saying here the support we need to get the rest of the school year online.”
Barrera said the state is anticipating a drastic drop in state revenue which could make the financial situation even more difficult for school districts that depend on state funding.
At that point, Barrera said that school districts need the federal government to take the initiative in preventing layoffs for those educating children.
The Council of the Great City Schools, which according to its website, “brings together 76 of the nation’s largest urban school districts,” sent a letter to the United States Congress, asking for federal dollars.
The Council urged legislators to include public schools in the incentive package considered.
“To avoid mass layoffs of people educating our children, we must be included in the federal stimulus package,” said Barrera, “and we must be included substantially.”
Read the full letters to Congress in the links below.
Over the weekend, Fort Worth and
residents of the surrounding area extended a Texas-sized hand by donating blood
in this moment of great need.
Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest tonk, hosted a 3-day blood drive. The activity is temporarily closed in the interest of public health as city leaders fight the spread of coronavirus.
According to Carter BloodCare, theirs
the team collected 316 blood units over the weekend.
“Thank you to the community for giving the gift of life at such an important time,” said Carter BloodCare spokeswoman Linda Goelzer.
Mayor Betsy Price allowed to open the doors for the special 3-day blood tour that used a room that allowed the recommended social spacing between donor beds and waiting areas.
“Concerns about COVID-19 and the
the closure of schools, universities and companies led to the cancellation of 4,000
blood drives across the country and a dramatic drop in blood donations, ”
Billy Bob said in a press release.
Tthere is not a single part of the music industry here that will not be affected by the coronavirus epidemic. The most obvious are the cancellations of high profile festivals such as Glastonbury and Coachella and the big stars who have to postpone the tours. But below them is an entire infrastructure of aspiring musicians, session players, sound technicians, booking agents, record shop owners, DJs, labels, tour managers, event staff and others whose livelihoods they are at risk with clubs closing their doors and with Boris Johnson saying that clubs can stay open but that they advise people to stay away, the fear in the sector has quickly turned into anger. We talked to some people whose lives have been turned upside down in less than a week.
‘People said: we will come to the show, okay! But it’s not good “
Grace Carter, songwriter
I have been on tour in Europe. In the shows, there was this strange unity. Everyone was a little afraid, but there was this feeling: we will all be in a room together and we will have fun staying outside. The thing I really struggled with was not being able to physically interact with my fans. My music is very emotional and honest and comes from a deep place, and perhaps the people who listen to it have had those experiences. So I always wanted to hug people and listen to their stories.
My band is an independent musician and my technicians will not be paid if the shows don’t take place. I didn’t want to disappoint anyone. But every show was full. I have received a lot of messages from people saying: we will come again, okay. And it’s actually not a good thing. I had to take it in my hands, be responsible and reprogram them so that people weren’t at risk. There should have been a dominant thing: there would have been no large-scale events. But the only thing to do was to make the decision yourself.
I am using this moment now to be creative and bring out my feelings. We are all going through the same thing and, knowing that we are all together, I think there is a lot of peace in this.
“The government is tormenting us”
Ben Lewis, chief booker at Super Friendz, which works Belgrave Music Hall and Headrow House in Leeds
In the middle of last week we were saying: maybe all this will break out? We played with ideas like: what if I put on Shaun of the Dead every night a concert was canceled? But very quickly it was: no, it’s not fun. On Friday, the bars were noticeably quieter. Then, on the weekend, everything was rammed – as if people were going out last weekend before having to stay indoors.
From the bar staff to the directors, everyone says the government is attacking us. We wanted to be told what to do: if we were told that we had to close, no one could discuss it. But we attended Boris’ press conference, and the general feeling was that the government is a complete shame – he is a total cop. We have staff in bars, we have DJs who are all self-employed and we feel responsible for keeping those people at work for as long as possible. But if we stay open, does this endanger the public? We have been given this decision which is completely impossible.
One important thing we want is government relief for casual workers. Every company like ours is going through hell. The tour managers, the engineers, will go there: I have absolutely nothing for the next few months. I don’t know what they will do.
In this area, people are known for not treating themselves better. Everyone is constantly stressed. If you’ve been making art in the UK since the Tories came back, it’s all in itself. But everyone loves each other. You have natural rivalries and your heads, but I don’t want to see another promoter go underneath so I can catch their shows. I just want to see them all OK.
‘I can only compare it to 9/11’
Chris Forsyth, musician and owner of the venue in Philadelphia
The only thing I can compare this to in my life is to be in New York on September 11th, and this is affecting many more people. It was a frightening and devastating thing, but the scale of the economic devastation we are about to see is much greater. The government will have to take steps to ensure that people keep shelter and food on their plates. They are talking about saving airlines, but normal people will need a rescue from this. This [US] the administration is rudderless: Trump is only concerned with creating crises, but we have come across a crisis that you cannot stave off. I am trying to keep the panic level low and to take it hour by hour.
I had a big tour coming up, 18 shows to support White Denim. Here in Philadelphia, where I live, in the meantime, I have a place called Jerry’s Front, with a small window where we do shows – if everyone practiced social distance you would have maybe five people there – and six rehearsal rooms. Many of the tenants are full-time touring musicians who have seen three to six months of concerts evaporate. We may have to allow people to defer some payments for a while.
I also have an album out on Friday, which I am self-producing. Ironically, it’s a live album, which somehow looks newer and more meaningful now. When I was planning on doing it, some people were like, oh, live records are a minor product. And now I feel I have this document about something we can’t even do right now: communicate with some music.
Many fans don’t realize how low the margin of error is for many musicians you see in the media: they often make the same amount of money as a bartender. People asked me to put things on Bandcamp or to start a Patreon [crowdfunding] page – basically going crazy for money. People say they will transfer the live performances to the video projections, so you can pay to tune in and watch them. I too am ambivalent in this regard, because it seems only a little more than the current model with streaming, a thing mediated by technology. I am not judging, however. People have to do what they have to do. I think it is important that people meet and connect in some way. If we are drowning, let’s see if we can keep each other.
‘I feel like I’m living in a movie’
Twinnie, British country singer and actor
Last Thursday we were still waiting to see if the Country 2 Country festival I was playing would go on. It was canceled, but everyone got together, with BBC Radio 2 staging a unique show to lift everyone’s spirits – I had to sing my set live on national radio for 20 minutes.
I felt conflicted about the tour. I wanted to honor the people who paid for the tickets. But there have been many other countries that are doing things differently and that are playing on my mind. I want to do my part, but sometimes you don’t know what the right decision is. There are people in my band who have kids; they also played for many other artists at C2C, so they lost so much money. I feel pretty gutted for everything, if I’m honest. I feel like I’m living in a movie – like the world is just ceasing.
But the most important thing is to stay positive and keep people’s spirits high, and music does it for people. You just have to watch the scenes in Italy, where people sing on their balconies. I’m sure there will be a lot of live streaming concerts and chatting with fans online, rather than putting fear of God in people and making people feel stressed and panicked. I’m trying to meditate and keep calm, laugh a lot and spread joy and be at peace, because, like all things, this will pass.
“The shop can only survive with the help of the government”
Mandy Kemp is the owner of Jam Records and Coffee in Falmouth, Cornwall
We have been here for 17 years. CDs are dead, so it’s mostly vinyl. Coffee and records feed on each other. It is such a small city that I need both to make enough money. The record store day postponed to June was a great relief. It was suggested that it could have been partially online, which would have been a disaster: competing with Rough Trade, Resident, record stores with excellent online facilities. RSD is practically a month of sales in a day, so if you do it must work.
It could probably last a month without me having to invest some money and I don’t want to put money into a bankrupt business. The shop can only survive with great financial help from the government. The difference between Boris and Macron’s answers was apart from the worlds. In France, they said that no business will end and that we will have 45 billion euros of support. This is the scale of what has to happen. And they can’t be loans.
The store has always paid me less than the minimum wage – it seems like the triumph is to pay your way. It is a community of people who come here, from the 70-year-old customer who drinks coffee every day to the tourists who come back every year. I’d be deprived if it couldn’t continue, but what can you do?
‘Even if we went on, we wouldn’t have had artists’
Alasdair Campbell is the head of Counterflows, an experimental music festival in Glasgow
Our festival has 300 people at each event, smaller than the size of the Scottish government’s recommendation to cancel events of over 500 people. But the artists we had were on tour in Europe, which was closing very quickly. Even if we wanted to move forward, we wouldn’t have had artists.
We have public funding and are paying cancellation fees to all artists. Other promoters have complained about it, because they say: oh, you’re setting a precedent. But it’s not a competition to see who can be the tallest from a moral point of view – we have the support of Creative Scotland to proceed with those payments. I also got £ 10,000 of flights to try and get refunds. That’s a lot of money for my festival size. With accommodation, I was offered a 50% discount on my booking and I think I will have to.
It is devastating to some extent, but there are many people who face many difficulties and actually I feel a little lucky. My close friends who run clubs are really in trouble; a festival is a one-off thing that we can cancel and move on. The plan is to make next year’s schedule with the artists we have now, plus an extra. This year was the first time that we attempted to bring a Jamaican artist to the United Kingdom, I Jahbar, with hard work to obtain a visa. His attitude was surprising – it was like: we did it once, we can do it again. So we have to keep connecting it.