Seems we can’t go much more than a day without hearing about a major show/event cancellation due to concern over the spread of COVIUD-19 (coronavirus). And, though nothing has been announced as of yet, there are rumors swirling that Austin-based tech festival South by Southwest (SXSW - March 13-22) could be next on the list.
Organizers of the film, culture, music and tech event continue to state the show will go on, but attendee and event cancellations for SXSW continue to mount. Earlier this week, Amazon, Netflix and Apple all pulled out citing concern over the virus as the reason. All three companies had a big play in content that was scheduled to be a part of the SXSW program. Those three giants now join Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, media company Mashable and software company SAP on the growing ‘not attending’ list.
On the ancillary SXSW event front, Buzzfeed’s “Dreamz, Queenz, & Everything in Between” party, sponsored by the CW network, set for March 14 at Mohawk, has also been canceled, as well as all the Latinx House events planned for SXSW.
Together, all the above companies were scheduled to provide a significant amount of SXSW content including the debuts of numerous original films, documentaries, panel discussions and networking events that are annual staples at South by Southwest.
Regarding where SXSW organizers currently stand with regard to the event, the most recent message on their website claims they are working closely with federal, state and local agencies to put on a safe festival and are planning to proceed, on schedule with the 2020 event.
"SXSW is working closely on a daily basis with local, state, and federal agencies to plan for a safe event," a message on the website states. "As a result of this dialogue and the recommendations of Austin Public Health, we are proceeding with the 2020 event with the health and safety of our attendees, staff, and volunteers as our top priority."