Earthbeat organiser Isaac Oron says he would rather cancel his festival than be forced to implement the vaccine passport system.
The Earthbeat festival, scheduled to be held at Atiu Creek in Tapora from March 17 to 21, usually attracts around 2500 attendees. Tickets are $245 each.
“For us, it is not about the financial implications of the festival. Inclusiveness is part of the kaupapa of Earthbeat and we have to put that first.
“As human beings, we cannot morally support vaccine passports, but we would support negative tests.”
Isaac says he is working with other festival organisers to lobby the Government to allow attendees to provide negative tests instead of proof of vaccine.
He says the festival will not be officially cancelled until the Government provides him with a final decision.
“We also have to remember that everyone was kissing and hugging at the festival earlier this year, despite the existence of Covid-19, and we were safe,” Isaac says.
While the Earthbeat festival has local and international music acts, its point of difference is its workshops, many of which focus on alternative healing.
The prospect of an enforced vaccine has been viewed unfavourably by followers commenting on the Earthbeat Facebook page.