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SXSW Cancelled Amid Coronavirus Fears

Cornavirus fears are spreading like wildfire. The Coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it is officially known, has panicked people stocking up on sanitizer, breathing masks, and toilet paper. Cruise ship passengers are being quarantined. The latest James Bond film, No Time To Die, was just pushed from April to November. The stock market is crazy volatile. You can’t turn on the news, pass the water cooler at work, or log in to Facebook or Twitter without hearing about it. The latest event impacted? Austin based SXSW (or South By Southwest) Conference and Film Festival. It looks like the city of Austin is cancelling it.

Read on for the official statement from the SXSW website.

South By Southwest (SXSW) Twitter Statement

Official Statement From The South By Southwest (SXSW) Website

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.

Ugh. Terrible news!

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Final Thoughts

This is really sad. So many people, films, and businesses will be impacted. I know a lot of airlines and travel sites aren’t honoring trip insurance if “Coronavirus Fear” is the reason for cancellation. It’s a good bet there are going to be a lot of upset conference goers.

I know we were really looking forward to seeing The Green Knight and the Godzilla Gallery, among other things. Ugh.

Were you planning on attending South By Southwest? Did the Austin’s decision impact your plans? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

About Kenn Hoekstra

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