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The Road to Recovery
Fri 15 Jan | Conference Channel 1 | 14:00 - 15:00
Fri 15 Jan | Conference Channel 1 | 14:00 - 15:00
Presented by: Yes Group, Yourope, ILMC & ESNS

The Road to Recovery

Alexandra von Samson Rock am Ring, Coralie Berael Forest National, Henrik Bondo Nielsen Roskilde Festival, Markus Wiersch Karlsruhe Marketing und Event, Michal Sládek Pohoda Festival, Morten Therkildsen Roskilde Festival / RF Experience, Sabine Funk IBIT


English spoken


Corona knows no boundaries and the solutions that must be found for us to be allowed to make live music on a large scale will only be better if they are developed across and in a community. Therefore, Corona in particular has also led to a much closer collaboration across borders.
The YES Group takes the temperature of the current situation and gives a status of what the road to reopening looks like.



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    Alexandra von Samson Rock am Ring

    Alexandra has been in the entertainment industry for over 20 years and works in H&S and as a licensing consultant/officer since several years. Being part of the Yourope Event Safety (YES) Group Programming Board, her focus is on gaining and spreading knowledge in the field of event safety.
  • Coralie Berael

    Coralie Berael Forest National

    Coralie is Venue Director at the Forest National arena (Brussels, Belgium) since 2010, a Live Nation venue and part of the Sportpaleis Group with an 8.000 capacity. As part of the Yourope Event Safety (YES) group Programming Board, she strongly believes in continuous improvement and education.
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    Henrik Bondo Nielsen Roskilde Festival

    Head of Safety and Service, Roskilde Festival (DK)
    Henrik Bondo Nielsen has many years of experience in festival management. As division manager for safety and service at Roskilde Festival, he contributes with insight into logistics, infrastructure, and crowd safety management.
    Henrik Bondo Nielsen is one of the initiators of YES-Group - the international network for Health and Safety at music festivals.
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    Markus Wiersch Karlsruhe Marketing und Event

    Markus Wiersch (Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH) operates since 1991 in the event sector and has gained experience in various areas of the music industry. In 2000 he specialized in the planning and coordination of security structures and activities at major events. For the last 18 years he has been in the production line responsible for the planning and implementation of the Health and Safety concept of DAS FEST in Karlsruhe. Since 2014 he acts as deputy CEO at the Karlsruhe Event GmbH with the focus on project management and coordination of infrastructure and security for major events in the city of Karlsruhe. Markus Wiersch is a member of the European Festival Association Yourope and Yourope Event Safety (YES) Group. 2008 certified in theaters, stadia and Venue Safety (Bucks New University) 2013 certified Event Security & Safety Manager (IBIT / Bucks)
  • Michal Sládek

    Michal Sládek Pohoda Festival

    Architect humanist, production manager at Pohoda festival, Slovakia. Manages the production with the focus on safety and sustainability. Involved in European collaborations of the festival. Particularly interested in relation between built environment, human behaviour and structures of power.
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    Morten Therkildsen Roskilde Festival / RF Experience

    Morten is the Head of Security, Health & Safety at Roskilde festival, Northern Europes largest festival. Roskilde Festival also provides crowd safety management out of house, and as such Morten works at consultant or operational for several large promotors like Live nation. As background Morten holds a Bachelor of Arts in Crowd Safety management, and is presently studying a masters in public safety and crowded places management.
  • Sabine Funk IBIT


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    Pascal Viot Paleo Festival

    Pascal Viot is head of Department Safety, Security and Services at Paleo Festival, one of the major event in Switzerland. He is also coordinating the YES Group (Yourope Event Safety Group) alongside Henrik Bondo Nielsen (Roskilde Festival). Being a sociologist and researcher in the field of risk and urban safety analysis, he has developed emergency and crisis management plans for major concerts/events. He also provides education programmes in this field through iSSUE (the Swiss Institute for Urban and Event Safety), the Institute he created in 2016.