Today start in Mechelen, the 21st edition of the festival Maanrock. With eleven feestlocaties, more than 100 artists and in addition music is also a place for theatre, comedy and even a stilteplek promises a topeditie to be. mmMechelen Party chairman Kristof Calvo commented yesterday on just a few innovations.
One name of a band that today, on the stage, is not to be found on the posters of Maanrock: Pardon Service would actually be on 9 August performance at the Parkpop festival, but heavy storm spurred the organization to occur to say. “Luckily we found a spot on the Separate Stage at the Cultuurplein tonight, after the Free Stage,” says Calvo.
“For us this is a dream come true, we always wanted to Maanrock occur”, says Niels Of the Mossevelde of Pardon Service. “This action comes as a blessing in disguise.”
Just like last year, the performances on the Big Stage this year via livestream broadcast in three residential care centres in Mechelen. “The residents are very happy about that, they talk again about their youth and remain involved with what happens in the city”, says chairman of the Social House Koen Anciaux. “There is also consideration for people with a disability, the performances are by a sign language interpreter translated in sign language.”
New this year is that some of them made the Party a Stage of very close. “We have to go through a contest on social media, 12 people are given the chance to each with 7 friends on a special stage next to the Festival Stage performances to attend. They are actually right next to the artists, that will be a special experience,” says Calvo.
Calvo believes that Maanrock by a lot of Townspeople along worn. “We see a lot of spontaneous initiatives of catering managers and do fun,” he says. “And also, other Townspeople want to be involved. For the ‘look behind the scenes, we have 150 participants, and we have to disappoint people because the maximum capacity was reached.” For Calvo, everything is ready for a fantastic weekend. “We keep our fingers crossed only for good weather,” he concludes.