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A List of Major Events Postponed or Canceled Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

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The Major Events Being Postponed or Canceled Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

There’s no denying that the corona-virus outbreak has severely impacted several industries globally in the past week! With an estimated 90,000 confirmed cases around the world, there’s a significant increase in the effort of preventing its spread.

But how and what does that mean? It means more events including sporting games, concerts, festivals, and movies are being canceled or postponed.

Read the bellow list of events that have been canceled or postponed because of the corona-virus pandemic.

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Disneyland

Disney is closing the rest of its theme parks, in addition to the already shuttered parks across Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai remaining shut.

Coachella And Stagecoach

The Coachella music festival has been postponed till October from its usual two weekend run in April, the festival’s producer Goldenvoice made the announcement on Tuesday, also confirming that Stagecoach, a country music festival, will also be postponed.

“At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns. While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials,” Goldenvoice said in a statement.

The Red Sea Film Festival

The Red Sea International Film Festival which was set to be held in Saudi Arabia has been postponed for the safety of guests, audiences and staff being of “primary consideration.”

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NBA

The NBA is the first major sports league in the U.S. to suspend the season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert has been tested positive for COVID-19 and Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell also tested positive.

“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said in a statement on March 12. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”

UEFA

The UFFA has also postponed all Champions League and Europa League club competition matches through next week.

“In the light of developments due to the spread of Covid-19 in Europe and related decisions made by different governments, all UEFA club competitions matches scheduled next week are postponed,” the European governing body said in a statement on Friday.

Movies & TV shows

Mulan

Original U.S. Release Date: March 27

New U.S. Release Date: TBD

Fast and Furious F9

The film was scheduled to drop May 22, but Universal Pictures announced on Thursday the film is being delayed amid the coronavirus pandemic. The release date for the movie will now be April 2, 2021, in North America.

“No Time To Die”

The James Bond installment will move from its original launch of April 2 to November 25th.

The Ellen Show

Ellen DeGeneres announced via her Twitter account that her talk show was suspending production completely until March 30.

Grey’s Anatomy

The executive producers of “Grey’s Anatomy” announced on Thursday that the production is postponed on Grey’s Anatomy effective immediately.

Egypt has canceled all large events and gatherings, meaning concerts, festivals and events are all to be rescheduled. Luxor is also in great panic as activities are being canceled including hot air balloon trips.

 

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Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre Will Launch Virtually In September

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Egypt’s Ministry of Culture is launching its 27th edition of the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre (CIFET) online this September.

Organized by the Ministry of Culture, the festival’s new management decided to hold this year’s edition online for the very first time, in light of the current situation caused by the pandemic.

The move was taken to ensure the health and safety of the participants and visitors. 

Last year, the festival witnessed participation from 40 countries, with around 22 productions presented during the festival. The 2019 edition took place at various theatres in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

The main competition saw performances from around the world, including the US, Brazil, Switzerland, Kosovo, Portugal, Hungary, Morocco, Kuwait, Tunisia, Iraq, Syria, South Africa, Nigeria, and Congo.

The festival will be headed by Alaa Abdel Aziz Suleiman, a young theatre maker who adds so much to the edition from noticeable changes and adjustments.

According to Suleiman, the deadline for application forms from the teams wishing to participate in the festival is on August 10th. The festival administration confirmed that the ongoing pandemic has posed challenges for theatrical practices, whether on the production side or in presenting the works themselves.

 

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This US Museum Inaugurated an Exhibition Dedicated to Egypt’s Sunken Treasures

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is now hosting the Egyptian exhibition, Sunken Cities: The Enchanting World of Egypt, which was inaugurated on July 3rd.

The exhibition sees different historical periods and is also showcasing 293 artifacts that were recovered from the cities Heracleion and Canopus in the eastern port of Alexandria and the port of Abu Qir.

It also houses two large statues of Isis and Serapis in addition to statues of a Sphinx and some ornaments and household items.

“When people come to this exhibition, they’re going to see amazing works of art that reveal the diversity of the ancient world and the ways that the civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome interacted and influenced each other more than 2,000 years ago,” said Peter Schertz, curator of the exhibit.

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“The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presents Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities. The exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see treasures recovered from two powerful ancient Egyptian cities that sank into the Mediterranean more than a thousand years ago.” The official website of the museum wrote about the exhibition.

“This exhibition features a staggering array of objects from these excavations, supplemented by treasures from museums across Egypt. The objects on view piece together the economic and cultural significance of these destroyed city centers and showcase the artistry, religious practices, and traditions of their people.” It added.

Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities is organized by the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology with the generous support of the Hilti Foundation and in collaboration with the Ministry of Antiquities of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

 

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Dear Class of 2020: Heartfelt Speeches From A-Listers to Future Change-makers

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Due to the current situation caused by the pandemic, graduation ceremonies have been taking place virtually and in order to support those students who have been denied the fun part of their final year, celebrities and public figures have given them inspiring virtual commencement speeches during live streams instead.

The latest event, YouTube Originals “Dear Class of 2020,” featured appearances from Barack and Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Zendaya, Yara Shahidi, Billy Porter, Kerry Washington, Lizzo, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry.

They all joined together yesterday to celebrate the next generation and speak on some of the unfortunate events that have recently taken place.

The event was a partnership between the Reach Higher initiative, which Michelle Obama started at the White House, and YouTube.

The four-hour graduation ceremony was supposed to take place on June 6, but was postponed to honor George Floyd’s memorial service, and thus took place yesterday instead and here are some of its highlights…

The queen Beyoncé delivered a beautiful speech during the broadcast. She spoke on her fears when she started her own company and how she managed to trust herself.

She also discussed the current global crisis and her thoughts on the Black Lives Matter protests that are taking place all over the world.

“Thank you President Obama and Mrs. Obama for including me in this very special day. And congratulations to the Class of 2020. You have arrived in the middle of a global crisis, a racial pandemic, and worldwide expression of outrage at the senseless killing of yet another unarmed Black human being. And you still made it. Thank you. We’re so proud of you, for using your collective voice and letting the world know that Black Lives Matter.” She said.

Alicia Keys praised the younger generation for “inspiring the world to see our collective humanity” through protests, calling on everyone to “empathize with those who seem different on the surface.”

Meanwhile, Barack and Michelle Obama congratulated students for their ‘long journey.’

“Today is the culmination of a long journey,” Barack said. “Just as you were rounding the final turn, the world threw a pandemic your way. … That’s a lot to ask of anybody, but despite all that, here you are.”

“What’s happening right now is the direct result of decades of unaddressed prejudice and inequality,” Michelle said. “For too many people in this country, no matter how hard they work, there are structural barriers for them that just make the road longer and rockier. … If you can’t even approach the police without fearing for your life, well, then how do you even begin to chart your own course?”

And as always, Lady Gaga also made an appearance to deliver a heartfelt message to the graduates.

Gaga said there is “much to be sad about, there is much to be celebrated. You are watching what is a pivotal moment in this country’s evolution. You’re watching society change in a deeply important way.”

If you’re in the mood to be inspired, click here to watch the entire thing and see who else had something to share with the future change-makers.

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