Since the quarantine started, the lives of most of us have radically changed – including our plans for the upcoming months. All of us, for whom SAF is an important part of life, are wondering what to expect in July and we’re still not sure.
Since the end of March the festival board has considered possible scenarios: from moving the festival to 2021 through organizing a more intimate edition to turning it into an online event. Up to this point, all who were willing and able continued to work on it – keeping in mind, that we couldn’t rule out the possibility that the festival might be able to take place normally.
But today we know what decisions have been made concerning large events from, for instance, the president of Wrocław who has decided to cancel mass events in the city until the end of August. We also know that the Czech Republic and Germany have decided to cancel mass events. The chances that in June we will be granted permission for a mass event decrease week by week. For the last month, which was the 2nd round of advance ticket sales, we have completely withdrawn the push on sales, which is a great change for Slot which is financed mainly by that money.
That is why we’ve decided to face what many of us have already intuitively predicted, and announce that the Slot Art Festival that we know and have planned together until now can not take place this year. Therefore we will suspend our work on it, so we are able to free our time, energy and thoughts and turn them towards things that are possible.
What does it mean that there will be no Slot Art Festival as we know it this year?
First of all – this is a fresh decision and we’re still working on some of the details. We want to invite the members of the Slot community to a discussion about some of them.
We do know that:
- In July 2020 we can not invite several thousand people to Lubiąż for 500 events.
- We announce the date of the Slot Art Festival 2021 as 6–10 July 2021
- We’re putting ticket sales on hold and will refund money to those who have already bought tickets. They will be given an option to rebook them for the year 2021 or to donate the amount paid.
- We will cancel the rooms booked in the houses of Lubiąż and our arrangements with contractors. We’re also suspending the recruitment of volunteers and guest invitations for this year’s festival. All team leaders are welcome to discuss how to stay in touch with people already engaged in this year’s festival and involve them in other Slot activities.
For many artists and companies this is a very difficult time. Let’s pray for them to come through it so that we can work together next year.
- We’re thankful to God that in recent years Slot as an Association has accumulated an endowment i.e. funds that will allow it to survive a year without a festival and begin working on the next.
Therefore we hope to do everything we had planned in 2021.
IN THE MEAN TIME…
We’ve often said that Slot is not only a festival. It was a dream, but also an observation – of what happens throughout the year independently from us. The Slot spheres are intertwined with your personal relationships. We all remember these slogans: “Year-round Slot”, “I’m making Slot”, “I’m making Slot for others and myself”, “I’m making Slot wherever I am”.
The motto of our festival is THE ART OF LIVING.
Because that living continues and it may need our creativity now more than ever, we want to continue to learn this art and we want to do it together.
The decision to cancel this year’s Slot Art Festival is meant to help us free our time and energy to think and act on how to create Slot when we can’t have SAF.
We would like to continue Slot activities in other scenarios like online, in small groups and locally. We know that it won’t be attractive for all and it may be not possible for others in the current situation.
But with those who have the desire and ability, let’s talk about:
– what Slot people can do for themselves and others
– how we can help the Lubiąż Foundation, which was strongly financially affected by the quarantine
– what we, as Slot, can do online
– what Slot meetings could look like this year when they’re finally possible – both local and bigger ones that we’re all waiting for
The time has come when the “Year-round Slot” slogan may become truly meaningful.
Which path do you take?
In the unusual scenery of the gigantic palace, which used to be the largest Cistercian Abbey in the world. SLOT is a small town that exists for only a few days a year and that we build ourselves. Join the group of its creators and residents!
Countdown to the festival
We are interested in creating. Change, movement and development are parts of the art of life we want to master. If we decide that we already have mastered it, it is a sign that we got lost. We do not want to just react. In reaction there is no passion, energy, lightness and beauty we find when we are creative. We need and look for inspiration. We also want to inspire others.
Freedom to truly be yourself. And clear invitation – here you can be yourself, exactly who you are. There is great richness in our diversity. Next to the word freedom we see another, very important – responsibility. For people and other creatures that live with me or even next to me. And for the space we inhabit.
You can go by or meet one another. We choose the latter. One can either want to understand or want to be understood. From those we chose the former first. Slot is a mountain shelter in which travelers meet. Their meeting is important, regardless of the way they walk and the goal they have chosen.
Relationships, friendship and community – we base our actions on them. This constant attempt to step beyond “me” as an individual and “us” as a group – that is the most important thing. That is what gives our actions meaning. Love is very pragmatic. It is mindfulness and wish to stop for somebody else, when we are pushed forward. If any total evaluation awaits us, we will surely be asked about that.
We believe in Jesus. Simply but not always the same. That is where our roots are. The deeper it goes, the more we get from it – inspiration to be creative, to be fair, to be free, to be ourselves, to be together and not only for ourselves. Many things come from here for those of us who think and believe differently. Things get complicated when we forget, that “important is only what is important”, that this is a way, not a religion. It’s good to remember that then.