Coronavirus has affected 213 countries, areas, or territories. Did anyone ever imagine, a single virus will create such massive human destruction worldwide and put the whole globe under lockdown? The human species has faced several different diseases in the past like cholera, influenza, and smallpox. They have been brutal killers in human history. There have been pandemics like the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Swine Flu, Ebola virus, Yellow fever, Polio, Flu/ Influenza, and many more similar ones. The scale and spread of these diseases increased dramatically. Humans have paid an unlimited cost to these viruses with a death toll ranging from 1M to 50M. The current coronavirus outbreak has led to events cancelation or postponement across the world.
These events include all genres of events ranging from music events, business, and tech events to global sports events. There have been global conferences, major sports events like the Olympics, and large-scale music festivals. Let us look into some categories of events canceled or postponed during this time of the pandemic.
Events Canceled due to Coronavirus –
Let us begin with the biggest sporting event, the Olympics. The biggest effect of the growing global pandemic was on Tokyo Olympics. It is an important international event featuring summer and winter sports. Summer Olympic Games and Winter Olympic Games occur every four years. However, this is not the first time that this is happening. Before this, the Olympic Games have been postponed five more times. This time Tokyo has witnessed this postponement for the second time.
The Indian Premier League is a professional Twenty20 cricket tournament in India during March, April, and May which have been postponed. All the preparations were done, sponsors, team selection, and the schedule of matches were also designed, but who knew that the coronavirus will play its tournament from March and onwards.
FIFA World Cup:
Also, the FIFA World Cup qualifiers in South America have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It happened due to the continued health concerns and recent advisories in some Asian countries. That is, all large-scale events should be canceled or postponed as a result of the coronavirus. The LPGA and its partners have decided to cancel the 2020 Honda LPGA Thailand. Although it had to take place from February 20-23 in Pattaya, Thailand. Also, the 2020 HSBC Women’s World Championship got canceled, which was scheduled to take place from February 27 to March 1 in Singapore. The China tour series of the Professional Golf Association was canceled altogether.
Organizations had to cancel or postpone several important space-related events due to health and travel concerns related to the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Spacewatch has listed several national and global meetings and summits related to address the same. The Global Aerospace Summit, originally scheduled for 17-19 March in Abu Dhabi, shifted to June 2020. CABSAT2020, originally scheduled for 31 March to 2 April, has been postponed until 26-28 October 2020. The UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee meeting, scheduled from 23 March – 3 April in Vienna, has been canceled. The UNIDIR 2020 Space Security Conference, originally scheduled for 7-9 April in Geneva, has been rescheduled for 9-10 June. This proves that the world is not only walking behind in terms of economic development and growth but also spatial development.
Music Events and Fests:
There are numerous concerts and music events that have been postponed or canceled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The American rock band ‘Foo Fighters’ has rescheduled their June European tour dates for 2021. The concert scheduled for July 4 in Landover has been canceled. Sparta is another American rock band that has canceled its 2020 tour dates, just after the release of its new album, Trust the River. The British girl group ‘Little Mix’ announced that their U.K. summer tour is canceled. Another American rock band Bon Jovi announced that they are canceling their 2020 North American Tour. The world-famous Korean band BTS has postponed its entire ‘Map of The Soul’ world tour amid the coronavirus pandemic.
This Trifecta, as the name suggests, is a combination of three music festivals. The festival producer said Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, and Bourbon & Beyond festivals will all be canceled for 2020. Danny Wimmer Presents said they are working to bring some of the lineups back for 2021. The organizers have promised to refund the tickets. This news was heartbreaking for the organizers, sponsors, and the public as well. The event was to start with the second annual Hometown Rising Country Music & Bourbon Festival on Sept. 12 and 13, followed by the return of “America’s Largest Rock Festival,” Louder Than Life, on September 18-20, and capping off with Bourbon & Beyond on September 25- 27.
This is a music festival in Dublin, Ireland that takes place during July every year. Marlay Park is the home of this festival. In 2019, 40,000 people were a part of this event. The preparations of the event were almost complete along with the participating bands and the sponsors when coronavirus jumped up to be the strongest barrier to stop all the great happenings around the globe.
WOO – HAH! Festival:
WOO HAH! is a hip hop festival in Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands. For a three-day classic outdoor festival, audiences are submerged and immersed in the music, with top-tier performances, outdoor and tented stages, and many extra activities. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the festival is a hip-hop music vacation. It was scheduled for three days, 10-12 July 2020 which has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Shambhala Music Festival:
Shambhala Music Festival is an annual electronic music festival held during the last week in July at the Salmo River Ranch, a 500-acre farm, in the West Kootenay mountains near Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. The festival lasts 4 days and 3 nights and offers a mix of music and art in nature. The organizers have announced, “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we must announce the 23rd Annual Shambhala Music Festival, originally scheduled for July 2020, will be postponed to July 2021. The festival will be held at the same location it has called home since 1998: the Salmo River Ranch. We are truly sorry for any inconvenience our postponement may have caused.”
Las Vegas’ Life is Beautiful festival:
During the three-day event, the best music acts, artists, thinkers, culinary talent, and festival-goers flow into the urban streets of DTLV. To date, Life Is Beautiful has contributed over $350 million of economic impact to Downtown Las Vegas. Year after year the festival features unforgettable headlining musicians; prominent visual artists adding installations to Downtown Las Vegas’ collection of murals; and thought-provoking speakers who inspire.
New York City Pride March is an event celebrating the LGBTQ community; it is one of the largest annual Pride marches in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants and millions of sidewalk spectators each June. This includes some of the iconic events like the NYC Pride March, Pridefest, and Pride Island. With 50+ events and more than 5M people coming together, the year 2020 was going to witness the 50th anniversary of the NYC Pride March. Unfortunately, the event has been canceled.
The list goes on and on. Cancelation of an uncountable number of music events, concerts, and festivals all around the world due to this fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic. Keeping this category aside, let us continue with the other events the world has missed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It is a music and art festival held annually in the first week of May in West Palm Beach, Florida. It is the state’s largest waterfront music and art festival in Florida attracting more than 275,000 visitors. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, this festival will not take place this year.
Business and Tech Events/Conferences:
South by Southwest is an annual media festival in Austin, Texas, canceled on March 6 over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus when the majority of the sponsors backed out of it because of the COVID-19 outbreak. This annual collection of interactive media, parallel film, and music festivals and conferences, organized jointly, takes place in mid-March every year since 1987. It has been growing in both scope and size every year. The SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for global professionals at every level to participate, network, and advance their careers. This festival offers a unique opportunity to explore the worlds of Film, Music, and Comedy with parties, screenings, awards, and showcases. SXSW hosts many distinctly different exhibitions that connect people from all over the world. It hosts a Trade show and a Gaming Expo which is free and open to the public.
Adobe has shifted the annual live summit to a digital summit. The summit was supposed to be organized in Las Vegas. The software company attracts around 16,000 attendees to the annual Abobe Summit each year.
Along with this, the media summit of REV’d Up will also take place online as a precaution to prevent the spread of the virus. A health-technology conference of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society which was to be held in Orlando has also been canceled.
Facebook’s F8 conference for developers stands canceled. Plans are to replace it with local events and live-streamed content. Another major tech event canceled due to coronavirus is the annual Global Marketing Summit in San Francisco. The biggest smartphone annual conference, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, canceled after major participating companies including Sony, LG, Amazon, Nvidia, etcetera pulled out of the event due to Covid.
Workday’s annual internal sales conference is going to be a virtual event. The GDC (Game Developers Conference) in San Francisco, another great event canceled after major companies like Microsoft and Sony pulled out of the event. Shopify has canceled its annual developer conference, Unite. As you can see, numerous multinational companies have canceled their meetings and conferences.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is a biannual meeting held by the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations concerning the economic, political, security, and socio-cultural development of Southeast Asian countries. The coronavirus attacked the 36th ASEAN summit at Las Vegas which now stands postponed without the release of any new date.
The Worldwide Developers Conference is also postponed. Most probably, Apple will change its mind about its biggest conference of the year.
Coming to a different genre of events, numerous fashion shows stands canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Paris Fashion Week, a series of designer presentations held biannually in Paris. The event stands out as a great fashion event around the world which now stands canceled. Another fashion event is the Milan Fashion Week which is a clothing trade show held semi-annually in Milan, Italy. Apart from this, the fashion show of Giorgio Armani stands canceled. Between all this, the Shanghai fashion week live-streamed online because of concerns about the virus.
Festivals and Religious Events:
Cherry Blossom Festival:
Moving to another series of events, not just conferences, but, Tokyo’s famous cherry blossom festival also stands canceled because of the outbreak. In Tokyo, the cherry blossom season peaks from late March to early April. For centuries, this festival has played an important part in Japanese tradition and culture. Most of the varieties of Sakura trees blossom for just a couple of days in spring.
The Japanese celebrate this time of the year with Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties: friends, family or work colleagues gather and sit on plastic mats under the blossoming trees, to drink, sing, chat or just admire the spectacle. This festival is the most awaited one in Japan. People from around the world visit Japan during this season to enjoy the beauty of this festival.
When the cherry blossom season in Okinawa ends, colorful azaleas move in and carry the torch. The Azalea festival takes place in Higashi village with the blooming of 50,000 azaleas. According to the village office, this festival attracts around 40,000 visitors yearly. Although Higashi is a laid-back area, every March, the area is teeming with visitors wanting to catch a glimpse of the azalea blossoms. Imagine, a place welcoming 40,000 visitors rendered silent by a virus this year.
The Venice authorities canceled the last two days of the historic celebration of the Venice carnival because of the outbreak.
With the occurrence of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims, several events have been canceled around the world. Like the Ramadan bazaar in Malaysia and Singapore and Etekaf and Mid-Sha’ban in Iran. The Islamic pilgrimage Umrah was banned for some time because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Cancelation of the Christian Holy Weeks in Spain and Rome celebrated in the week just preceding Easter. Also, the Easter celebrations were canceled, including the Easter fires. The list also includes the New Orleans St. Joseph’s Night and Parade, which takes place on 19 March on St. Joseph’s Day. And also, the Buddha Purnima celebrations in numerous parts of the world. In some places like the Vesak in Thailand, Buddha’s Birthday in Australia, and South Korea. The Burmese New Year Thingyan, celebrated in the mid of April in Myanmar, was canceled.
The global challenge posed by the spread of the coronavirus has been swift and already significant. The automotive industry, incredibly international in scope, had to face the widespread disruption of Covid-19. Most of the companies have announced the closure of their plants and factories for some weeks or months. Apart from this, numerous Motor shows have been postponed/canceled. Let us list down some of them.
The Formula One’s Chinese Grand Prix was to take place at the Shanghai International Circuit. The FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has announced the cancelation of the Australian Grand Prix and the postponement of the Bahrain, Vietnam, and China Grand Prix. All these events scheduled in March and April will now reschedule. The World Rally Championship in Mexico took place, it concluded one day earlier. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing which was planned for September has also been postponed.
Another sports event, the 12 Hours of Sebring, is an annual sports endurance race for sports cars. It will happen from November 11 to 14, 2020. Eurosport Events, promoter of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup has canceled the WTCR Race of Hungary. It was originally to occur from 24-26 April 2020.
The Geneva Motor Show, which is an annual auto show in March in the Swiss city of Geneva. In addition to this, the New York International Auto Show rescheduled for August 2020. Motor show in China was postponed, which was from April 21 to April 30, the Beijing Motor Show – Auto China 2020.
The Detroit Auto Show 2020 is next on the list. Which usually takes place in January, we had to reschedule it for July this year. The government had to use the host location, the TCF Center, as a field hospital for COVID-19 patients. The Paris Motor Show, organized in October, will now run in parts using an online format.
The 21st British Soap Awards, held in the United Kingdom for honoring the best of British soap operas, was canceled. The Canadian Folk Music Awards ceremony happened online, via the Facebook page and official website. They present awards in a variety of categories for achievements in both traditional and contemporary folk music, and other roots music genres, by Canadian musicians. Some other important events in the list of canceled events are the 8th Canadian Screen Awards, 40th Golden Raspberry Awards, Juno Awards of 2020, Laurence Olivier Awards, and many more to keep the list unending.
All these events have formed a part of the routine of the organizers and participants every year. No doubt, all are sad about the cancelation or postponement of the event. But, it’s time to stay united by staying at home. It’s time to support the whole world by being cautious. All the festivals and events are on hold. The world will get back to normal soon. You will soon be able to enjoy all your pleasures again. But, for now, we need to stay at home for the good of the world. Let us be positive and not lose hope. We wish that the countries that are testing and producing vaccines at a large scale get successful in their ventures. Humankind can find out ways to come out of this virus web. Let us pray and stay positive and motivated.
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