The Holy Grail Guitar Show has announced that its 2020 event will not go ahead due to coronavirus. It was due to take place on 2 and 3 May in Berlin, but Germany’s government has recently extended its lockdown measures.
The show normally is a celebration of small luthiery, promoting the idea of hand-made guitars, bringing together guitar players and makers from all over Europe and the world.
In a statement on the event’s website, the board explained the cancellation further: “The Berlin Senate issued a new decree on 21 April, determining the necessary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Berlin. This ordinance, under Section 4 of the general behavioural regulations, bans public and non-public events, and meetings such as planned by our association from taking place.
“We are heartbroken to bring this sad news to you and share your disappointment. For us, The Holy Grail Guitar Show has been an important part of our lives in recent years and we regret that we cannot welcome you (again) in Berlin.”
All is not lost, however, as the organisers have also announced that the physical show will be replaced by a virtual one: “We are not big event promoters, The HGGS has always been a grassroots effort. In this uncertain time, community is more important than ever. With this in mind, we are planning a virtual show for the Show weekend and cordially invite you to take part.”
The event joins many others to be cancelled due to ongoing social restrictions that have been introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus.
More details on the virtual show are yet to be announced. Head on over to holygrailguitarshow.com to be kept up to date.
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