Culture Cultural sector follows decree and postpones events in AM; Professionals highlight losses

Traditional event in the city, DJ Evandro Jr.'s band was postponed and has no forecast for its performance (Photo: Reproduction/Facebook)

Malu Dacio – Cenarium Magazine

MANAUS – Cultural producers, singers and bands have obeyed the new decree instituted by the State government, last January 7, and many events have been postponed, with no previous date for realization. The decision suspended the realization of events of any nature with ticket sales in all the municipalities of the State of Amazonas, regardless of the amount of public. 

The cultural producer and DJ Evandro Jr. highlights that culture professionals are adapting to work in the allowed format of bars and restaurants. Traditional event held by the DJ, the DJ Evandro Jr’s Band 2022 was scheduled to happen last Saturday, 8, at the Arena da Amazônia.

“The public understood it was an order from the Public Authority and I had to comply. Everyone was following that I had everything ready. We have no date for the return of the event, we depend on the decree”, he said.

The producer also highlights that with the cancellation of events also caused great damage. “In the DJ’s band, 150 thousand (of loss) out of what we stopped earning. The structure was Pharaonic and everything was already ready”, said the DJ.

Evandro also reminded that the people who bought the shirts and tickets for the event can save them for the next date, which will be announced in due time.

Bloco da Tereza postponed

Traditional party of the manauara LGBTQIA+ scene, the Bloco da Tereza has been 22 months without meeting its revelers. The cultural producer responsible for the event and DJ Luana Aleixo organized the return of the party with great care to comply with all the rules and keep those present safe.

On social networks, the organization of Bloco da Tereza informed that the return event was scheduled to receive 300 people and the tickets sold out in two hours, which led her to consider the idea of making an extra edition on January 28, 2022, which is also suspended.

“We planned two editions for the return of the party in January. As the demand was very high, we organized a date for January and would open the sales for the 28th. But with the new decree, we are unable to do it. Let’s hope that it will be possible. We will announce the dates on our social networks”, said Luana.

Luana says that the financial losses with the event were minimal. “The services that I hired such as decoration and others were going to be paid after the event. On the one hand it was good because I didn’t make any payments. Whenever we have an edition of Tereza, I make a cash for the event. It is impossible to have a big event without this organization”, she says.

“Who really suffered were the people who were going to provide the services such as lighting, sound, the event space, and of course, the attractions”, she explains.

Other events

Events that would happen last weekend were also postponed. This is the case of the Bloco da Pimentosa, one of the first carnival events scheduled for the city. Scheduled for Saturday the 8th, the event would take place at Assinpa. The event instructed everyone to save their tickets for the new date.

The Bloco Sapatônica that would happen on Sunday, 9, in Muiraquitã, was also postponed. In a note posted on social networks, the organization said, “We understand and support the decision of the state government that aims to safeguard lives and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

‘Vem Pro Vapo’ was to make its debut on the cultural scene on January 21 at Vibe Lounge. The event would be the launch of the artist Sants and a single that he would also release on the same day as the party. Audi Arruda, producer of the event, pointed out that the damage is also linked to organizational issues.

“Obviously the release impacts the artist in segments of administrative characteristics, such as ticket returns and suppliers planning, but the party will be postponed to a moment when it is possible to hold it”, she explains.

The last edition of the ‘Bloco da Tereza’ took place 22 months ago (Photo: David Martins)

Clandestine parties

Military police officers from the 24th Community Interactive Company (Cicom) and agents of the Amazonas Department of Public Safety (SSP-AM) closed the activities of establishments with clandestine parties, which promoted agglomeration of people, last Sunday night, 9.

In a club located at Epaminondas Avenue, in the Center of Manaus, the police identified more than 500 people gathered in the environment. The new government decree, which came into force on Saturday, 8, prohibits the holding of events with ticket sales and occupancy greater than 50% of the capacity.

The head of Integrated Operations of the Executive Assistant Secretary of Integrated Security Planning and Management (Seagi), Captain Renan Libório, explained that besides the party at the club, two other parties were shut down by the police.

“We received several complaints through 190, about three places that were holding event with ticket sales. They were places that were in disagreement with the new government decree to fight the pandemic. The security forces were called and quickly shut down these parties”, he said.

In case of non-compliance with the decree, a fine of R$ 50 thousand is foreseen, which can reach up to R$ 500 thousand.