Many fetish events across the world haver been cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis.For now it appears that the first event to take place on the fetish calendar might be Maspalomas Fetish Week 2020, if we’re lucky. Alphatribe talked with Patrick Marmion, event manager at Igon Canaries.
Patrick, let’s start with a straight forward question: will Maspalomas Fetish Week 2020 take place?
We’re hopeful it will. The next couple of months tourism is expected to return to Gran Canaria. All will depend on a positive trend and the exact framework that government officials will hand to event organizers. Safety is not only the first priority for events, but generally on the entire island. Possible MFW will not look entirely as it usually does but as so many people have already booked their holiday we’re sure to provide with a program that fits the regulations.
What’s the buzz about visitors this year?
We’re expecting a lot of people actually. You need to realise that MFW is for many a holiday as much as it is an event. Most booked already many months in advance and on social media I see lot of people booking even today as many long for a holiday and to meet up with friends. Many of them are moving up their booking earlier around this time towards October, November or December. Hotel partners have not seen cancellations so far I’ve been told.
How is the situation progressing in Gran Canaria?
We’ve had one of the most strictest lockdowns in the world which had a huge impact on tourism. At this moment the conditions are very good and the government has announced steps towards ‘the new normal’ in various phases to start on 11 May. Part of that first phase will be the reopening of terraces at a 50% capacity. We hope that by the end of June we’ll be going to phase three, or what is referred to as ‘the new normal’. However it isn’t clear yet what the new normal exactly means.
How are the bar and shopkeepers holding on these days?
I’ve had contact with several of them on and off. Being closed is one thing but also missing out on an event like Pride has a massive impact on them. Yumbo center is in essence closed at the moment. Some owners are taking the opportunity to do some refurbishments and for the first time you feel a great spirit to collaborate and re-open after the lockdown.
So you’ll be working hard the coming weeks from your office … ehm living room?
As always yes, but indeed from my living room for now. It’s quite easy to be honest with all the digital possibilities such as Skype or Zoom these days. I’m looking forward to bring our community back together. It saddened me to see so many events like Bear Carnival, Barcelona Spring Break, Easter Berlin or Folsom had to cancel. But at the same time I understand and support the descissions. In the meanwhile it’s great to see how the community is coming together online. Think about the titleholder video’s or the Eurovision Fetish Show contest. It proves that we are a real community. They should be proud of themselves.
Please note that changes in the lockdown exit plans occur frequently.