Akim’s former employees started working in machine and antenna construction. They are hesitant to return to the event sector, because they now have better working conditions such as fixed working hours and weekends off. This does not only apply to the former employees of Bwefar.
In the event industry there are plenty of examples of freelancers who have found new work and are not yet sure whether they will return when there are opportunities for this sector again. Not only working conditions play a role here, but also uncertainty. There is little prospect and no security of work, because the events sector is being hit hard by the ongoing measures.
In addition to personnel, Akim is also concerned about equipment: “I am currently on my way to Germany to pick up a stage.” He works cautiously on planned events in the spring and summer months, as do his colleagues. The materials will soon be scarce, because events have been postponed and are planned at the same time. This does not only affect the available material and personnel. Bwefar “I think there are events that simply don’t get it right.”
Last August we also spoke to Akim, he was already busy looking for staff:
It is currently the calm before the storm, according to Bwefar: “It is quiet, but cautiously I receive requests for, for example, an information evening at a school.”
Tonight Akim Bwefar is a guest in Bij Oost Today, where the future of concerts and festivals is discussed.