Europe’s top se­ries fes­ti­val called off over coro­n­avirus

Kuwait Times - - Lifestyle Features -

Alead­ing Euro­pean fes­ti­val, Se­ries Ma­nia, of­fer­ing the cream of up­com­ing stream­ing and tele­vi­sion se­ries, was can­celled Wed­nes­day be­cause of the coro­n­avirus epi­demic. The gath­er­ing, which draws more than 80,000 peo­ple to the north­ern French city of Lille was to have be­gun on March 20. Fes­ti­val pres­i­dent Rodolphe Belmer said the “dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion” had to be made af­ter the Paris gov­ern­ment banned gath­er­ings of more than 1,000 peo­ple amid in­ter­na­tional travel re­stric­tions. A ri­val fes­ti­val, Can­neseries, fell vic­tim to the virus last week and was post­poned un­til au­tumn.

The world’s sec­ond big­gest tele­vi­sion and en­ter­tain­ment mar­ket, MIPTV, which was to run along­side it later this month in Cannes, was also can­celled. A slew of con­certs, op­eras and bal­lets have been pulled or post­poned across France in an at­tempt to slow the spread of the virus. The Musee d’Or­say in Paris-which holds the world’s big­gest col­lec­tion of Im­pres­sion­ist paint­ings-also be­gan re­strict­ing ac­cess to 1,000 vis­i­tors at a time Wed­nes­day, two days af­ter the Lou­vre im­posed a sim­i­lar bar.—AFP

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