Update November 2020
We tried for a long time to find a way to avoid having to cancel this year’s edition of Stir It!. We felt especially obliged to the artists who make a living from festivals like ours and who were hit very hard by the pandemic. We also felt obliged to you, because we know how much dancing means to you and to all of us.
Nevertheless, we now have no choice but to cancel. We will neither be running a workshop this year, nor can we encourage you in good conscience to host private parties. All participants will thus be issued a refund and should have received all relevant information in an e-mail.
We made it clear from the beginning that we intend to pay our artists, come what may. We stand by this intention. Anyone who wishes to support us, and thus the bands and teachers directly, can do this by donating. You can find details about our financial situation on the bottom of this page.
We have been in regular contact with our artists in the last few months. We know that many of them would like to remain in touch with the dance scene and publish their content. For this reason we intend to give them a digital platform on the Stir It! weekend. This cannot be a replacement for Stir It!, but should be considered a small greeting from the organising committee and from our teachers and musicians to all of you. The links to this content will be published through our social media channels.
Update October 2020
Despite the difficult circumstances we want to proceed with Stir It! 2020. It is however a priority for the entire organising team to minimise the risk of infection and spread for everyone involved.
This means that running a festival of the same size and with the same conditions as in the last few years cannot be an option. We have thus come up with a few changes, which you can find on the pages Workshop, Passes and Prices and Party and Evening Program.
Update September 2020:
We are still trying to come up with a plan for the workshop that takes the current conditions in the pandemic into account. Unfortunately, the most recent rule changes stopped us from announcing our new plans at this point in time. We are in contact with the authorities and Tanzwerk to clear up a few remaining questions and hope to have news for you in about one or two weeks’ time.
In the meantime, we do have an update on the parties:
Instead of large and over the top we are going for small and cosy this year: You, yes, you! There! In front of your screen! You can host your own “Stir It! @home party” with our support.
If you would like to open your living room for a small group of dancers, we will provide you with a party box and stream the live music played by our bands directly to your home. You don’t have space for a party? Sign up for a party in someone else’s living room.
We will not be having parties on Friday and Sunday. Instead, we would like to offer some kind of evening entertainment, e.g. by streaming a talk.
Party passes, or rather, tickets for our “Stir It! @home party” as either host or guest will be available soon.
Update August 2020:
We are overwhelmed and grateful that despite these difficult times so many of you have decided to sign up for our festival!
We remain confident that we can offer you a festival – live, in person, full of dancing and joy – in November. However, we would like to carefully evaluate the changes we need to make to our format to ensure we can pull this off in a responsible manner.
For this reason, we will be capping the registration at a lower number of participants than usual while we evaluate the capacity we can comfortably offer.
As previously announced, a final decision on this year’s edition of Stir It! will be made in mid September, but please note that due to the lowered capacity, the festival may already be sold out by then. So if you would like to attend, make sure to register now!
As the situation changes week by week it is difficult to predict what conditions may apply in November. We have decided to proceed as follows:
- We are optimistic and assume that Stir It! 2020 can proceed as planned.
- Registration will open on 11 July. Registration is risk-free for all participants: If we have to cancel Stir It! 2020, all paid fees will be refunded.
- We will decide in late September if we can run Stir It! 2020 as planned.
- We want to pay the bands and teachers whatever happens. If participants would like to support us with this, they can donate a part of their refund to help us cover the cost.*
- We are investigating if and how an online version of Stir It! 2020 could be possible. If you are interested please indicate this in the registration form.
* Background information about the financial situation
Stir It! Festival is financed through the association Lindy and More and organised by an unpaid team of volunteers. So far our festivals have been a great success, for which we are very grateful. In the last couple of decades we were able to set aside some financial reserves. It is important to us to use this money, which comes from our community, to give back to the community. Our plan so far was to invest this money into a special anniversary edition in 2021. However, it is especially important to us in the current situation to help the teachers and musicians who make our festivals possible. We are grateful for any support with this, as far as your own financial situation allows for it. The future of Stir It! and the association Lindy and More are not at risk.
Paying the teachers, musicians and the photographer with whom we already have agreements will amount to Fr. 28’650.-. This does not include travel costs, hotel costs nor the room rental at Tanzwerk. If 300 people (this approximately corresponds to last year’s number of participants) were to contribute to these artist fees, an amount of Fr. 95.- each would cover these costs.