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FAQ about upcoming events

In response to the relaunch of our summer we received several questions for clarification on the situation, we have done our best to answer those questions below. If you are sitting on a question that you can’t find the answer for, feel free to reach out through our contact page.

Ängsbacka just launched new dates for the festivals in August. Given the current restrictions with maximum 50 ppl gathering and the fact that festivals normally attract up to 1000 people or more - how did you come to that decision?

We are well aware that if we are going to be able to actually offer our large festivals in August is entirely based on the current restrictions being lifted, and you – our customers – booking tickets to come! Since a while back we have known that the events in June and July were in question. We had to be realistic – the summer is fast approaching and we still have a very serious situation in Sweden, Europe and the world. Our estimation and conclusion was; our best (only?) chance to still be able to offer the festivals this year is to carry them out at the end of the summer, as far away from today’s date as possible. The alternative would be to say that we do not offer them at all, which in reality would mean that we ‘give up’ and close Ängsbacka. We are not planning on that.

What is Ängsbacka’s general approach in this situation?

We envision and intend that Ängsbacka will keep offering activities that are in line with current restrictions. We will stay open for as long as we possibly can, hopefully without a need to close at all, until the restrictions are lifted and we can transition into offering Ängsbacka’s program at full potential once again. If circumstances need us to act differently we will of course have to adjust to that.

Can you guarantee that the events in August will happen?

No, we cannot. Right now (2020-04-24) we would not be able to run our large festivals and nobody knows how this situation will develop, still we are very much planning to host most of the summer festivals this year. Offering these events depend on the current restrictions being lifted, which we hope will be the case before we come to August. In addition to the festivals we are aiming to offer some alternative ways for you to stay in touch with, or visit us, also in the months leading up to August. Stay tuned for more info! If you invest in a ticket already now you are supporting us in the rigorous preparations for the upcoming events and signalling that you long to meet again – just like we do!

I want to come, but if I book already now, what is the risk I am taking?

Leading up to the event you will have the possibility to cancel your participation until the day before the event starts and we intend that our cancellation policy will support a safe festival for those who actually join. We are putting strong emphasis on personal responsibility for health precautions. We also made our policy a bit more generous at this time (until 2020-08-31) by not requesting a doctor’s note to enable late cancellations (last 14 days before an event). Details for cancellation.

So what happens if the restrictions are still there in August?

In the worst, worst case scenario, we end up not being able to run any of our summer events this year. If so, we will consider moving all current registrations to next year instead and we will of course also offer the option to fully refund your ticket. Either way, this scenario would certainly have a big financial impact, therefore alternatives to you receiving a full refund -with the aim to further support Ängsbacka – would be presented to you.

How come Ängsbacka has launched a crowdfunding campaign right now?

The outbreak of Covid19 has affected all of us in different ways; individually, nationally and globally. Ängsbacka is no exception; the restrictions and the consequences on society strongly affect our core business – courses and festivals. Whether you view this situation primarily as a health issue, or rather a practical, political or even spiritual challenge, the truth is that our current offerings depend on people travelling from near and far to gather in big and even larger groups. This has meant that we have had events cancelled during the spring and the fundraising will support us immensely in the time between now and the startup of the festival season.

So Ängsbacka is struggling financially, what has already been done to cut the costs?

Since a while back we only buy what we absolutely need. We have been forced to cut our salary budget, our biggest cost, with the consequence that the majority of our staff circle has been given notice of having their contracts cancelled. In parallel we are looking into alternative ways to generate income for Ängsbacka by using resources we already have access to. The theme that is forming and showing itself in all our actions now is an increase in awareness of the importance to implement sustainable solutions. We hope to move even beyond sustainability and build resilience and a thriving Ängsbacka harmonising with nature and the global community that we are a part of.

How much money needs to be raised to save Ängsbacka now, is it even possible?

Anything is possible! Ängsbacka is a huge ‘ship’ to keep afloat and we depend entirely on successful festivals in the summer to finance the rest of the year. Because cancelled events in the spring our income has been heavily reduced and we now need 1 500 000 SEK to cover our costs for the next few months.

Can I contribute to the crowdfunding campaign by becoming a member of the association?

No, unfortunately not since Ängsbacka is a limited company owned by a member’s organisation and the association and the limited company manage and report their finances separately.

If you anyway want to support by becoming a member you contact member@angsbacka.se and make your initial donation of a minimum of 1000 SEK according to the instructions from Cristina (our association administrator). To show your full support for Ängsbacka we would suggest that you make your donation and become a member as well.

So what happens if the restrictions are still there in August?

In the worst, worst case scenario, we end up not being able to run any of our summer events this year. If so, we will consider moving all current registrations to next year instead and we will of course also offer the option to fully refund your ticket. Either way, this scenario would certainly have a big financial impact, therefore alternatives with the aim to further support Ängsbacka would be presented to you. 

Leading up to the event you will have the possibility to cancel your participation until the day before the event starts and we intend that our cancellation policy will support a safe festival for those who actually join by putting emphasis on personal responsibility for health precautions. We also made our policy a bit more generous at this time by not requesting a doctor’s note to enable late cancellations (last 14 days before an event). Details for cancellation.