Europe’s top series festival called off over coronavirus
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