Two LaLiga football clubs have announced free season tickets for current pass holders for the 2020-21 season, as a new multimedia theatre aggregator platform has been launched…

Espanyol/Leganes

Spanish LaLiga football clubs Espanyol and Leganés have today (Tuesday) offered current season ticket holders free passes for the 2020-21 campaign, as the remainder of this season will be played behind closed doors due to COVID-19.

Espanyol, who sit at the bottom of the table along with Leganés, has also offered its 27,833 season ticket holders a 20 per cent refund of the value of their current season ticket to account for the matches they will miss.

The club said fans can opt to take credit in a virtual wallet, which can be used towards season ticket discounts for the next paying season, or it can be spent at the club’s official stores. They can also choose to accept six pairs of tickets as compensation to use when fans are able to re-enter the stadium or, if a fan is unemployed, the 20 per cent can be returned in cash.

The top-flight league is set to return to action on June 12 after halting all games in March with 11 rounds of games still to be played.

Leganés said: “Taking into account the implications that Covid-19 has brought to the country and specially the city of Leganes, the club wants to compensate its fans and season-ticket holders.”

Thespie

A new multimedia theatre discovery platform has been launched to support arts organisations amid the COVID-19 shutdown of live events.

Thespie showcases more than 1,000 theatre shows and resources from across the world, including filmed performances, livestreams, podcasts, artist talks, and educational resources, among other things.

The platform aggregates listings of the digital theatre resources and users can filter their search to include their favourite genres or a specific mood and can save things to watch later.

Thespie founder, Tyler Stoops, said: “I’ve been so humbled by the generosity of spirit displayed by artists and theatre-makers during this crisis, and our ambition at Thespie is to amplify their work so it can reach as broad an audience as possible.

“When Covid-19 hit, we quickly saw that building Thespie’s work to a global, multimedia scale could help audiences continue their journey of exploring theatre during this time where we can’t be together in person.”

Denmark

Denmark is set to ease its COVID-19 restrictions on theatres and concert halls early after announcing guidelines to support the reopening of seated ‘cultural events.’

The Danish ministry of culture published the guidance on Thursday on such issues as limiting capacity to allow for distancing and hygiene standards for when cultural venues reopen.

The country is easing measures on venues such as theatres, concert halls and cinemas early, with at least a metre (roughly two seats) left between individuals or groups who had not already been isolating together.

The previous June 8 deadline has been dismissed early after Denmark reported no new cases of the disease.

The country will maintain its current ban on standing shows, which has a reopening date of September.

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