Sifa swiftly made adjustments to its existing safe management measures by capping capacity at 100 audience members for selected live shows (with a corresponding refund exercise), along with a reduced capacity for the Oldham Theatre, where its Singular Screens programme is being held.
The festival’s opening weekend saw the opening of five live productions: festival commission The Commission and a tribute concert to homegrown jazz icon Louis Soliano with A Song For Louis, as well as Cosmogony, En Route and Tactility Studies: Hold To Reset.
Since then, some shows had to be cancelled, including upcoming performances this week. But all is not lost as audiences can still look forward to enjoying Sifa digitally throughout the festival period until May 30. SIFA On Demand will take place from June 5 to 12 on Sistic Live. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Some shows will go on
In addition, and in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines, patrons will need to undergo an on-site pre-event testing (PET), which is quick and painless with results within 30 minutes. Patrons who have been vaccinated at least 14 days prior are exempt from PET.
Meanwhile, the audience capacity of Alone Together will be reduced to 50. Ticketing agent Sistic will be in touch with those affected.