SXSW Has Officially Been Canceled For 2020 Over Coronavirus Concerns

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Another one bites the dust, folks. For the first time in 34 years, SXSW will not take place. The event that brought thousands to Austin, Texas to celebrate music, tech, film, and much more has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

This is sadly yet another chapter in the troubling story of the coronavirus. The mayor of Austin has declared a “state of disaster” and SXSW has stated that they will “faithfully follow the city’s directions.” Here’s part of the official statement from SXSW:

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…