The festival was due to begin in Moscow tonight.
Earlier this evening, the promoters announced on Facebook that, for reasons beyond their control, the event had been cancelled and ticket holders would be refunded. Military personnel have been sighted outside Moscow's MoZAL plant, the disused space that was set to host the likes of Daniel Bell, Veronica Vasicka and Ricardo Villalobos over the weekend, apparently to quell potential unrest.
According to Russian media reports, the authorities claim that the festival failed to meet requirements regarding permits and fire safety. Outline refutes these claims. From their perspective, government officials arrived at the site during the day to halt final preparations for the event despite their having acquired the required permits in advance. Attempts to find a replacement venue have been blocked by the authorities.
You can read Outline's official statement below.
This afternoon government officials entered the Outline grounds unannounced and prevented the organizers and workers from setting up the festival's stages, installations and infrastructure—despite the fact that Outline applied for and received all permits and licenses necessary to throw the event in a legally appropriate amount of time.
Due to these unfortunate circumstances beyond our control, the festival was forced to close and was prohibited from moving to other venues in the city. Outline is deeply saddened by the authorities' decision to shut down the event, and we sincerely regret the inconvenience to all of our guests in Moscow, throughout Russia and around the world. We would like to thank all of the artists, crew and volunteers who put so much love and time into building out all of the installations and stages on site. We would like to list the artists here who's work will sadly not be exhibited.
Yan Kalnberzin & Polina Bakhtina
Kieran Behan (Crystal Mafia)
Marie Alice Brandner-Wolfszahn – (Crocodilopolis)
Idan Hayosh & Morten J. Olsen
Mosa 87 + Pablo Tomek
Despite the devastating turn of events Outline will stand strong against the powers that be and continue to create spaces where we are free to do what we love.
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