Now, nightlife businesses have found themselves in a second lockdown for the last four months. Luckily, there is now help for cases of hardship, as well as compensation for cultural organisations, which now also allows bars to access the support. But the ever-more pressing perspective is still missing – when nightlife will be able to return under safe and economically viable conditions. Perhaps a window of opportunity will arise through an amended testing regime? Would it not be worth looking into whether you could implement a transition period where access to clubs and bars without having to be seated is restricted to those who have proof of a negative test? But until we can get to that point, there is much to be clarified. Most importantly, there must be free self-testing kits made available for home use, as carrying out a test right at the entrance is more like science fiction than reality. The conversation must be guided, and not just by the example of events. Up to now, those working in Zurich’s nightlife industry have been able to do nothing more than try to entertain people at home via streaming and other interactive technologies.
Limmatstream, the first virtual club festival
Finally, a chance to go clubbing again! Well, not in person, but with eyes and ears, nevertheless. On Saturday 13 March, you can send your avatar off to party in five of Zurich’s most popular music clubs, and in their own virtual ‘branches’. It’s a bit like Tron, only without the reckless motorbike ride and including the best electronic music.
Your avatar can hang out at Hive, Zukunft, Labor 5, in the Clubbüro area at IG Rote Fabrik and X-TRA, listening to music by acts, platforms and labels like Animali Trainer, Playlove, Kalabrese ¬– Rumpelorchester (live), Mystica, Liquid Soul, Les Belles de Nuit, UBWG, Vanita and many, many more, soothe their musical soul and of course interact with kindred spirits.
Your avatar may not be able to order any drinks, but they make much more sense sitting next to your laptop.
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