Dillo Day 2020 moved online; “Digital Dillo” to be held May 30


Daily file photo by Noah Frick-Alofs

Students watch a musical act at Dillo Day. This year, Mayfest Productions is moving the event online.

James Pollard, Campus Editor

Dillo Day 2020 has been moved online due to concerns surrounding coronavirus, Mayfest Productions announced in a press release Wednesday.

In its place, “Digital Dillo” will be held on May 30. Like previous Dillo Day festivals, the virtual music festival will be free and open to the entire undergraduate student body. Mayfest will still hold the quality of the artists and their performances to the same professional standard as they would for a conventional Dillo Day, the press release added

“The goal of Digital Dillo is to put forth an event that fosters the same sense of community that Dillo Day traditionally creates,” the press release said.

The decision, the group said, is aligned with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the University’s decision to hold the entire Spring Quarter remotely.

In-person events for the quarter will not happen face-to-face, the group said, including Battle of the Bands and Battle of the DJs. Mayfest did not yet share specific details on how the Dillo Day experience would look digitally.

“These decisions are made with concern for the health and well-being of the Northwestern University students, faculty, staff and the Evanston community,” the press release said.

Mayfest is also working with other student leaders to give a platform to student groups that could not host events this quarter.

Updates will be shared on Dillo Day social media pages and its website, and Mayfest is also soliciting feedback for any events they can provide this quarter through a programming survey.

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