Thermometers, hand gel, ordering by phone and long rows of chairs: this is what the sit-down edition of Haarlem Jazz & More looks like this year.
Haarlem Jazz & More is a unique multi-day event in the old town of Haarlem. Due to the coronavirus, this year there is a special Sit-Down Edition from August 20 to 23 with a closing concert in the church. Normally, there are about fifteen thousand people on the Grote Markt for this annual event. This year, visitors must take a socially-distanced seat to enjoy the music. There are exactly 775 chairs available, as many as the number of years that the city of Haarlem exists this year.
In addition to the Grote Markt, there are stages on the Oude Groenmarkt, Klokhuisplein and at the Pletterij.
This Sit-Down Edition uses chairs in the squares and cooperates with Patronaat, Stadsschouwburg and the cafes. There too, you must sit and reserve your seats. There is limited availability, so keep an eye on the website and book your safe 1.5 metre spot right away.
This Sunday, Haarlem Jazz & More will be concluded in the morning with a special jazz service in the St. Bavo Church (Grote Kerk). Reverend Jan van Aller and trumpet player Lorenzo Mignacca will lead the service, with the theme ‘timing’.
The organisation has done everything to make the festival corona-proof. For example, visitors have to disinfect their hands upon arrival, their temperature is measured and they have to order drinks via their telephone.