Coronavirus scare: events throughout Delhi canceled
With the number of coronavirus Cases that increase in India and the number of deaths worldwide, the ramifications can also be felt in the Indian event industry. In Delhi, and throughout the country, multiple events are being canceled, rescheduled and postponed, as organizers say they don't want to take risks when the virus is spreading all over the world. Among the main canceled events are the IIFA Awards and the FDCI Indian Fashion Week. This week of fashion was supposed to be held from March 11 to 15 at the capital's JLN stadium, while IIFA took place in Indore, in Madhya Pradesh, at the end of March.
From fashion week to music festivals, cautious organizers reschedule and cancel NCR events
On Thursday, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) issued a statement on social media, announcing the cancellation of the Fashion Week. The statement mentions that due to the growing concerns about the spread of coronavirus in Delhi and keeping the health and safety of the fashion fraternity and the visitors in mind, the FDCI has decided to postpone the fashion week to a later and “more appropriate” date . After the cancellation of Ultra Abu Dhabi and Ultra Music Festival Miami, sources say that the Road To Ultra India events, which were scheduled in Hyderabad on March 7 and in Delhi on March 8, have been canceled.While they have not made any public announcement for cancellation, but the BookMyShow page of the concert shows that it is closed for bookings. Nicky Romero, one of the artists who was going to headline Ultra Music Festival India, said in a video message to his fans, “Regarding all the messages I am getting about canceled show, festival tickets, I feel so sad about everything right now around corornavirus ... Hopefully, see you guys soon. ” A source associated with the event industry told us, “The issue is that people are not buying tickets for these events and concerts. Even as the case was for Road to Ultra India concerts, artistes are already in the country, but the number of sold tickets is quite less. So it had to be canceled due to coronavirus fears. In fact, for the next one month, all events will have to be canceled because if we go ahead and organize these events as per our schedule, it will create a safety hazard. ” The Haryana government was supposed to organize a marathon on March 8 in Gurgaon for International Women’s Day, but Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana Chief Minister, tweeted on Thursday that the marathon stands canceled.
Light show at Garden of Five Senses canceled
The Emrg2020 festival of light, which would be organized in collaboration with Delhi Tourism, in the Garden of the Five Senses was also canceled due to the concerns of Covid-19.
Hitesh Kumar, founder, Artillume, says, “After we received an advisory from the Delhi government to not hold events, we decided to cancel the light show. Yes, it was an advisory, and not a mandate to cancel the event, but who will be held responsible if anything goes wrong? ” He adds, “Also, we had ordered lights for our light show from China long before the coronavirus outbreak and our consignment is still stuck at the port. Even if somehow it reaches India now, nobody would dare to touch it. We will be organizing the event after a couple of months. ” Kapil Bansal, organizer of Hasya Kavi Sammelan, which was scheduled at Siri Fort on March 5, says, “We decided to prioritize the health of our guests and participants over the event.” An industry insider tells us that in the last three days most of the major events in Delhi, which were scheduled for the next one month stand, canceled, at least for the time being. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health issued an advisory on Friday to avoid or postpone mass gatherings. It reads, “In case any such mass gatherings are organized, states may take necessary action to guide the organizers on precautions to be taken.”
Ayaan and Amaan Ali Bangash were supposed to perform in Mumbai on March 9. The event was suspended
The IIFA issued a statement Friday saying the event has been postponed to a later date.
Not only NCR, nor events in other parts of the country
The IIFA Awards, which were supposed to be held in Indore, have been postponed. So they have many other events throughout the industry.
Dev Bhatia of a booking agency says that in the last three days over 80 events across the country have been canceled. Rajeev Jain, an event organizer, says, “The cancellations of biggest international exhibitions and concerts have left the industry in jeopardy. Major events canceled in India are the IIFA Awards, Ultra concert and FDCI’s fashion week. As responsible event managers, we care for our guests and that’s why most of the events are being canceled. It will be a tough time for the event industry. ” Organizers of the event featuring performances by sarod players Ayaan and Amaan Ali Bangash have also decided to cancel the event. Their concert was scheduled to happen on March 9 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in Mumbai. Ayaan took to Instagram to share the update. He wrote, “Given the fact that there is concern among the public regarding the coronavirus, as a public institution @csmvsmumbai has postponed the 9th March event to a date when the risk has cleared. Inconvenience is regretted !! ” - With inputs from Amrita Prasad
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