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SXSW Festival 2020 Canceled Amid Coronavirus Concerns

SXSW Festival 2020 Canceled Amid Coronavirus Concerns

For the first time in the history of the SXSW Festival, all events have been canceled amid the outbreak of Coronavirus.

The festival organizers say that it was the City of Austin that made the final call to cancel next week’s events, even though the Austin Public Health office said just days ago that “there’s no evidence that closing SXSW or any other gatherings will make the community safer.”

Over the past week, several companies started pulling out of the festival and talent also began dropping out of appearances. The festival was supposed to take place from March 13 through March 22.

“This situation evolved rapidly, and we honor and respect the City of Austin’s decision. We are committed to do our part to help protect our staff, attendees, and fellow Austinites,” the festival said in a statement. “We are exploring options to reschedule the event and are working to provide a virtual SXSW online experience as soon as possible for 2020 participants, starting with SXSW EDU.”

It’s worth noting that the official statement from the SXSW team does not mention Coronavirus at all, though it’s clear that this is the reason for the cancellation.

Click inside to read the full statement…

City of Austin Cancels SXSW March Events

The City of Austin has cancelled the March dates for SXSW and SXSW EDU. SXSW will faithfully follow the City’s directions.

We are devastated to share this news with you. “The show must go on” is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place. We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation.

As recently as Wednesday, Austin Public Health stated that “there’s no evidence that closing SXSW or any other gatherings will make the community safer.” However, this situation evolved rapidly, and we honor and respect the City of Austin’s decision. We are committed to do our part to help protect our staff, attendees, and fellow Austinites.

We are exploring options to reschedule the event and are working to provide a virtual SXSW online experience as soon as possible for 2020 participants, starting with SXSW EDU. For our registrants, clients, and participants we will be in touch as soon as possible and will publish an FAQ.

We understand the gravity of the situation for all the creatives who utilize SXSW to accelerate their careers; for the global businesses; and for Austin and the hundreds of small businesses – venues, theatres, vendors, production companies, service industry staff, and other partners that rely so heavily on the increased business that SXSW attracts.

We will continue to work hard to bring you the unique events you love. Though it’s true that our March 2020 event will no longer take place in the way that we intended, we continue to strive toward our purpose – helping creative people achieve their goals.

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