Dear Friends of the International Reportagen Festival Bern,
The chance of winning the first truly global reporting prize, the True Story Award, is one thing, but being invited to Bern to meet other distinguished reporters from all over the world is something else entirely.
This is what makes the International Reportagen Festival Bern so unique: all participants become part of a community over the three days on which the festival is held, as reflected in the feedback from reporters following the 2019 festival. This isn’t a community that holds brief virtual meetings behind screens, but one that gathers out in the open and fresh air, in cafés, squares and on terraces across this beautiful city to discuss and share perspectives. It’s a community that tangibly shows just how important it is to experience in person that you are not alone in your work, research and writing despite the many challenges and difficult conditions you might face.
The International Reportagen Festival Bern relies on its guests attending in person. Without this, the very spirit of the festival would be lost. In light of the pandemic-related travel restrictions affecting many of the nominated reporters – travel to Switzerland from many countries looks impossible even for the rest of this year – we believe that we would not be meeting our responsibility to our guests and the public if we were to hold the festival in August 2021. We have therefore made the difficult decision to once again postpone the second edition of the festival and the True Story Award ceremony.
We thank you for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you to the International Reportagen Festival Bern from 24 to 26 June 2022.
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