The consequences of the corona crisis can also be felt at concert hall Ancienne Belgique, because it announced on Monday that it was forced to terminate the collaboration with more than 200 external employees. The big Brussels culture player fears that a real recovery will not even come up until the summer of 2021.
The termination of the collaboration with more than 200 external employees equals 30 full-time equivalents. Most of these employees have been earning a living for a long time with the many activities in AB, but the last live concert in front of a packed house dates from March 10. Specifically, these are internship hands, security staff, catering staff, backstage catering staff, freelance technicians or external cleaning teams that the AB calls at the door as a result of the corona crisis.
“The corona crisis hits AB in the heart. AB is forced to adjust its employment due to the corona measures surrounding culture, the associated reduction in capacity and the disappearance of large international tours, ”said a press release.
At AB they argue that there is an urgent need in the culture sector for a clear perspective to be able to restart, but the prospects are not encouraging. Within AB they fear that a real recovery, in the most optimistic forecast, will only be possible in the summer of 2021. AB therefore calls for support of LIVE2020, the solidarity fund for Belgian live music.