There are situations when people can’t go out and attend cultural events. For the second time now in 2020, artists and cultural institutions have had to cancel performances, concerts, exhibitions, etc. due to the coronavirus pandemic. This situation has also affected the Zemlinsky Quartet, which celebrated the 25th anniversary of its existence in October and decided to hold a concert for the occasion. Because of the measures and restrictions in place, only a limited number of viewers were allowed to attend. The quartet began to look for a simple and affordable solution to allow people to watch the event remotely and avoid cancelling the event altogether. They decided to use the CamStreamer solution and, via a live stream, they were able to bring the concert to people live via the internet. Over the course of October, they used this solution for two concerts. “We were trying to find a solution to allow us to keep our activities going even during the Covid-19 crisis. We thought streaming would be a great and functional way to keep ourselves in the game and remind some people, especially abroad, that we’re still around,” says Petr Holman, a member of the Zemlinsky Quartet.
This solution is excellent not only for artists, but for all concert halls or cultural institutions. It makes it possible to provide a high-quality video stream to various platforms (YouTube, Facebook, website) even when people can’t visit these places and events. This is all done at a minimal cost, as operating the camera, graphics and audio can be handled by one person. “We’re happy that the concert took place for a large number of people who couldn’t physically be in the library’s concert hall. The first live stream has 600 views, and that’s a success for a classical music concert. For example, even people in Hawaii were watching. I’m glad it worked and that prominent people abroad could see us – it was a reminder for them that we’re still playing. A woman called me after seeing our stream and invited us to play a concert,” said Petr Holzman.