Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) Festival will take place during daytime hours, despite its traditional nighttime schedule. 

The Dutch dance event, which typically attracts around 400,000 people, has a program of almost 350 club shows and is set to take place October 13-16. 

Due to COVID-19 protocols in The Netherlands, nightclubs are allowed to open for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, but are limited to a 75% capacity. There are further restrictions in the form of timings – clubs must close between midnight and 6am, which is why ADE events have shifted to the day. 

In a joint statement, co-director of ADE Meindert Kennis and Jan-Willem van de Ven said: “Although a small number of organisers had to cancel their event, there’s more than plenty left to create an amazing ADE. Despite the limitations, we are pleased that ADE can help support the sector in this way after a difficult period, and that together we show how strong we are as an industry.” 

Various events involving international stars such as Martin Solveig and Jax Jones had to be postponed until 2022, while other shows boasting producers such as Solomun and Maya Jane Coles have been moved to the day time hours, in order to go ahead. 

Associated event ADE Pro, which includes panels, discussions and breakout sessions was cancelled due to strict rules on international travel. 

In an earlier statement surrounding the cancellation of ADE Pro in September, organisers said: “During its most recent press conference, the Dutch Government has announced its new set of COVID regulations, including the mandate that clubs, venues and indoor events are forced to close between 00:00 and 06:00. 

“Despite these restrictions, we are fully committed to hosting a solid and safe ADE Festival in accordance with the current policies.” 

It is not the first time since the start of the pandemic that the dance festival has had to adapt. Last year, the event took place predominantly online. 

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