The FMM Sines – Music of the World Festival will not take place in 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Sines City Council reported today.
“In the context of the pandemic of the new coronavirus (Covid-19), the organization considers that it cannot guarantee that, on the scheduled dates, between 18 and 25 July 2020, the sanitary and logistical conditions necessary to carry out the 22nd edition are met. of the festival ”, the municipality revealed in a statement.
As it is an open-air festival, lived in the urban centers of Sines and Porto Covo, “the danger of spreading the virus would be doubled”, he adds.
As "it is impossible to know how the pandemic will evolve until July 2020, it is important to make use of the precautionary principle", explained the organization, which decided to postpone the 22nd edition of the festival to July 2021.
The Mayor of Sines, Nuno Mascarenhas, underlines that "the festival is mainly carried out by workers in the municipality, who at this time have all their energies directed at fighting the pandemic".
"The option of the Municipality of Sines is to commit as much as possible to combat the pandemic so that in 2021 the FMM can take place and return to the success that everyone recognizes", he said.
The mayor also hopes that, as soon as possible, “the live music circuit will resume its strength and artists and spectators from all over the world will return, without anxiety, to be able to share the unique moments that only music provides” .
From the local point of view, as soon as it returns to normality, the Sines City Council will endeavor to develop “measures that support the local economic recovery (associations, restaurants, hotels, small businesses, artisans and local artists), sectors necessarily affected by the retraction of cultural and tourist activities ”.
Information on the refund of tickets purchased for 2020 will be made available soon.
FMM Sines – Festival Music of the World has been held in the municipality of Sines since 1999, with a program that encompasses the breadth of «world music».
The Covid-19 pandemic has already infected around 510,000 people in more than 190 countries and regions, causing more than 23,000 deaths.