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Caroline J. · Published on 11 June 2020 at 19h12
· Updated on 14 June 2020 at 09h12
Due to the ongoing health crisis and confinement measures implemented to curb the coronavirus propagation, the edition 2020 of Solidays is cancelled. This charity festival enabling to finance actions to fight against HIV, Solidarité Sida launches a call for donations this Thursday June 10, 2020.
Collateral victim of the coronavirus epidemic, the Solidays festival, said to be held in June 2020 in Paris, will not happen this year. The festival promises to raise funds to support the fight against AIDS, organizing association Solidarité Sida launches a call for donations this Thursday June 10, 2020.
Cancelling Solidays represents 70% less funds for the association representing 3.2 million euros. If actions raising awareness already helped to compensate some parts of the loss, Solidarité Sida announces they still need one milion euros to finance program supporting sick and prevention campaigns.
Solidays edition 2020 - initially planned from June 19 to 21 at the Hippodrom the ParisLongchamp is cancelled because of the current health crisis.
"Solidays will not (re)enchant the world this year", Solidays said in a press release before adding "And yet, everything was fine. The lineup was great and the frequentation record was to be broken. But the curtain is down, showering down the last hopes of Solidarité Sida and many fans of the public festival. Without forgetting the 3 million euros of income expected".
In the same release, Solidays writes: "Covid-19 shakes up our lives and our days. It rebuilds our reality on an intimate and worldwide scale. And every day that passes reminds us a bit more what is essential and what is not.
Solidarité Sida belives "its" festival is essential. Promoting respect, empathy and benevolence, transforming solitude into a united community, relieving human distress with social bond and collective meaning.
This is why during these suspended times, even though scattered and confined, the Solidarité Sida team has shown more active than ever to face the crisis and find solutions. The idea of postponing to early September was first privileged but had to be left behind because of the too many incertitudes that remained.
You get it, cancelling was a hard call to make. Very hard. And it takes Solidarité Sida into a raw reality. The 3 million euros of income expected will disappear. Then, how could we finance the many programs to help sick and programs raising awareness led or supported by Solidays? With the edition 2019, 108 have seen daylight in 22 countries. Today, the festival represents 70% of Solidarité Sida incomes.
The call for mobilization has been launched to our loyal public and private partners. From early May, of course, festivalgoers may want to be repaid and will be able to request it. Facing the situation, perhaps some will choose not to.
At the same time, Solidarité Sida is standing at the ready to accompany all partnering associations and sick people they support. The continuity of cares and answer to first necessity needs are harshly challenged by Covid-19 in most countries where it happens and especially in Africa. Here or abroad, masks and gloves lack, the fear of contamination and confinement are gaining ground and supply issues are growing. Facing the emergency of situations, Solidarité Sida's work is vital".
Solidays regulars, we have good news since the 22nd edition of the Île-de-France festival will once again take over the Longchamp racetrack. In 2020, Solidays invites you to come in June on Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21, 2020 for an edition likely to make you smile.
Remember, last year, Solidays welcomed about 80 new concerts against AIDS with artists as prestigious as Angèle, Suprême NTM, The Blaze, Lomepal, Die Antwoord, Ninho, Macklemore, John Butler Trio and even Salut C'est Cool.
This is what Solidays 2018 looked like:
So, what does the edition 2020 have in store? Well, we have the unmissable and Solidays regular -M-. Along with Black Eyed Peas, Metronomy, Anderson. Paak, The Black Madonna, Aya Nakamura, Rilès and even Boris Brejcha and Videoclub.
Other good news, we know when the ticketing service opens. Meet on Thursday February 6 at noon to get your ticket. Note that 25,000 3-Day Passes will go on sale from €39. The day after, the 2-Day Pass, One Day Pass, Night Pass and Pass Camping tickets will be available.
- Aya Nakamura
- Black Eyed Peas
- Anderson .Paak
- Tsew The Kid
- The Black Madonna
- Marc Rebillet
- 47 Ter
- Laurent Garnier
- Boris Brejcha
For the record, for 20 years, Solidays includes: 8,500 volunteers, 1,100 artists, 25 million donated funds to fight against AIDS, 2,200 programs supported in 42 countries and 2,800km of handed condoms!