The Handel Festival in Halle, Germany has had to be cancelled due to dangerous levels of flooding currently affecting much of central Europe.
The festival, which was due to open today and run until 16 June, has released a statement announcing the cancellation as the city has declared a state of emergency. Their website announces that ‘ an easing of the situation is not to be expected’.
They go on to explain the extent of the cancellation: ‘We ask for understanding for the fact that all events, special guided tours, excursions etc. have to be cancelled because of force majeure’.
The festival, founded in 1922, has been held in the city of Handel’s birth every year since 1952 and draws thousands of visitors from around the world. Highlights scheduled for this year included productions of Almira and Alessandro, the presentation of their annual Handel Music Prize and performances from The King’s Consort, Simone Eckert and La Risonanza.