First weekend for small formats at the Six Pompes Beach






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Atolls 2021, the revisited edition of the Six Pompes Beach in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Covid obliges, will know from Friday the first of its two weekends. The festival offers 42 street arts shows as well as performances by contemporary music groups.

After the cancellation of 2020, the event is being held from July 30 to August 1 and from August 5 to 8, organizers recalled on Monday, with four permanent and four ephemeral atolls. In addition to the 42 street arts shows, 3 shows called “La nouvelle vague” and 6 contemporary music groups are on the program.

As usual, the programming is international, above all from France and Belgium, but also from Switzerland, with a large part made in the Neuchâtel Mountains. The event is taking place this year in collaboration with Festi’neuch and its specific project, Le Phare, at the Jeunes-Rives de Neuchâtel.

Collaboration with the bottom

A common program is thus offered on August 1, in the afternoon in Neuchâtel and in the evening in La Chaux-de-Fonds. On the bill: the concert of the Petits Chanteurs à la Gueule de Bois and the performance of the Compagnie L’Art Osé. The organizers are still looking for volunteers to ensure the organization.

Access to the atolls, permanent or ephemeral, is free, without reservation, within the limit of available places, on presentation of a valid Covid certificate and an identity document. Persons under the age of 16 are not required to obtain a certificate.

Inside the atolls, the public can move freely, consume (sitting or standing), attend shows, without having to wear a mask, the statement said. The gauge of permanent atolls is limited, but no reservations are necessary.

Pandemic context

As for the ephemeral atolls, located at the Stade de la Charrière and Bikini Test, the gauge is even more limited. You must get there at least 30 minutes before the start of the performance. Atolls 2021 is also setting up a screening center with the Neuchâtel pulmonary league.

Like all cultural events, the Six Pompes Beach has to deal with the pandemic context. Normally, the great event chaux-de-fonnier, the largest international street arts festival in Switzerland, attracts around 100,000 spectators per year during the second part of the summer holidays.

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