Dear Festivalgoers, volunteers, artists, sponsors, partners, farmers, suppliers, friends,
The whole organising team kept their hopes alive until the very end. They stacked all the odds in their favour, fiddling with concepts in every way possible. Starting with a blank sheet of paper, they had imagined the 45e Parallèle, a wonderful event brimming with bold discoveries that they were eager to present. But the Paléo team must unfortunately face the facts. A festival, even a scaled-down event such as the 45e Parallèle, will be impossible this summer.
The situation is complex, but the equation is simple. In order to get this project off the ground, a number of imperative conditions must be met. These include a minimum capacity authorised by the authorities, compatibility with health requirements, guarantees in the event of cancellation and artists being available.
Each additional day of work generates costs that lead to an inevitable deficit, and as Daniel Rossellat, president of the Paléo Association, said: “We find ourselves in a Kafkaesque situation. Even if the authorities were to announce good news regarding capacity for example, we can’t know if, nor when such an authorisation will be granted. If we were to start working on the event and it ended up being unauthorised, the risk of a deficit could be unsustainable.” This is why, with 100 days to go before the event, in view of the hugely unstable health situation and the many unknowns as to whether or not summer events might be held, the only responsible and reasonable decision is to give up on the idea of staging the 45e Parallèle.
The very existence of the Paléo Festival is at stake
Although the team is courageous, it is not foolhardy: the risks are too great. Hence, we prefer to ensure the Festival’s continuity and to start work on an event in 2022, which we hope will be spectacular.
This is yet another blow of course. The situation will inevitably have serious financial repercussions for the Festival. As a non-profit (and non-subsidised) organisation, Paléo generates almost 80% of its revenue from the sale of tickets, food and beverages at the event. The organisation is working hard to mitigate the impact of this difficult situation.
Aware of the strong links between the Festival and the surrounding region, its cultural scene, artists and economy, the entire Paléo team fully understands and shares the disappointment of the public, the artists, its partners, its suppliers and its 4,870 volunteers, as well as the hundreds of people, local associations and businesses with whom it has worked faithfully for decades.
More than anything else, Paléo wishes to retain the skills of its staff and is not considering any redundancies. The Festival has however planned to make its talent and strengths available to community projects in the Nyon area.
Information about tickets and Céline Dion
All tickets and passes purchased remain valid for the next Paléo Festival Nyon which will be held from 19 to 24 July 2022. With regard to Céline Dion, the programmers are currently in discussion with the artist and hope to announce a new date soon.
The organising team would like to thank the festivalgoers who are patiently holding on to their tickets and passes for their invaluable trust. We would also like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the volunteers, artists, farmers, sponsors, partners and all the people who are closely or remotely involved in the Festival for their unfailing support, which will enable the Paléo Association to overcome the many challenges that still lie ahead.
We are all looking forward to better times. Together with you.
The Paléo team