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2021 European Championship cancelled

Friday 27 November, 2020

The 2021 European Brass Band Championship, due to be held in Malmö, Sweden, has been cancelled due to the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It is the second consecutive year the prestigious event, one of the highlights of the brass band calendar, will not take place after last year's championship in Palanga was called off for the same reason.

Making the announcement, EBBA president Ulf Rosenberg commented: “We are very sorry that the European Championships cannot go ahead next year as planned. The local organisers and the competing bands will have to make financial commitments in the next few months in order to host the event or to compete in the EBBC. This will be difficult given the current restrictions put in place to limit the spread of the pandemic and their impact on travel and and cultural and public events across the world. It is also important to underline that our first priority always is the health and safety of both the brass band and wider communities. EBBA appreciates the restrictions imposed by the different governments to combat the pandemic. However they put the European brass band movement and wider cultural life on hold for the time being."

Ulf Rosenberg continued: “We are impressed by the preparations made by the local organisers in Malmö. They have worked hard and with great dedication over recent years to present the European Brass Band Championships in Sweden for the first time. The 2021 EBBC would have been a high-quality event, and we hope that we will soon be in a position to enable Europe’s finest brass bands to compete in Malmö for the first time."

It is understood is exploring the possibility of developing and hosting a web-based European event for the actual weekend, May 7-8, 2021.

On behalf of Brassmusik Skåne, the organising body for EBBC in Malmö, Bo Winborg said: “The EBBC 2021 organising team regrets this situation but fully supports the joint decision made by the local organiser and EBBA to cancel the event next year. We have been seeking to organise EBBC for the first time in Sweden by mobilising a strong and enthusiastic team and we were so much looking forward to gathering the European brass band family in our beautiful city and excellent venue, Malmö Live. We hope that we together can reschedule the event to a later year."