Netflix has officially pulled out of SXSW 2020 in light of growing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. The spread of the coronavirus is quickly becoming a pandemic, with more cases being reported worldwide on a daily basis.
Netflix was the second company to pull out of SXSW 2020 on Wednesday before organizers officially cancelled the event on Friday after Austin Mayor Steve Adler declared a ‘local disaster.’
Concerns surrounding the coronavirus continue to grow as the number of confirmed cases in the US alone passes 160, with 11 deaths, and over 100,000 cases worldwide. This number is expected to continue to rise as the virus spreads at unprecedented scale and speed. It is highly contagious, spreading by coughing, sneezing.
SXSW continues to grow in popularity. In 2019, the event saw over 73,000 attendees. With the event expecting even more attendees this year, the contagious coronavirus is highly problematic. This is what caused city of Austin to declare a local disaster, ordering the event to be cancelled this year.
The film, interactive media, and music festival takes place in Austin, Texas each year. The 10-day event includes a number of different conferences, trades shows, festivals, and other events for attendees. There are performances by major recording artists, film screenings, panels, and many interactive events. It is one of the largest events in Austin and bringing fans from around the world.
Netflix had several events planned for SXSW 2020. Some of the events included the screening of:
- Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics
- A Secret Love
- Mucho Mucho Amor
- A. Originals
Additionally, Netflix planned to hold a panel with Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones on the streaming giant’s upcoming series #Blackexcellence.
This is the first year in the event’s 34-year history that the event will not take place. The organizers of SXSW are exploring options to reschedule the event and to provide a virtual online experience for 2020 participants.
SXSW is one of many events cancelled this week in light of the coronavirus situation. Other popular events cancelled include Google I/O and Facebook’s F8 developer’s conference.