Moscow-based Outline Festival has been cancelled by Russian authorities.
According to Facebook post from the promoters, the event was shut down for reasons beyond their control and all tickets will be refunded.
Authorities claim the festival was lacking the required permits, and have apparently sent members of the military to the festival site to maintain peace. However, Outline say they did have all the permits in advance and now any attempts to change site have been blocked.
Outline's official statement in full:
"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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