CoronaVirus – Saudi Arabia Postpones Its Debut Red Sea Film Festival
Another event is going on postpone as fear grips the whole world of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. This time, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced that it is postponing its debut Red Sea International Film Festival. The date is not yet decided. The growing concern of the China-born virus is global, with the virus detected in several areas of the world.
CoronaVirus Postpones Inaugural Saudi Arabian Film Festival
The news of the postponement comes after Saudi Arabia confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus. As a result, the country has also banned religious visitors from arriving in the land. Discussion is also happening on banning the annual Islamic pilgrimage to the Mecca city.
Here is what the official statement reads from the Festival authorities:
“To all cineastes, it’s with feelings of deep sadness that we have had to take this tough decision. The spread of coronavirus is a battle we all must face around the globe, and it’s with no hesitation that we are respecting the measures needed to meet the current health emergency.”
Check out their complete message from their official Twitter account:
FESTIVAL POSTPONED pic.twitter.com/n1QT9ekZgL
— RedSeaFilm (@RedSeaFilm) March 3, 2020
Before the coronavirus, the country is seeing massive socio-economic policy changes, lifting its historic ban on public cinemas and female driving a few years ago. The newly launched Ministry of Culture aims to attract tourists to its land as the country wants to shift from its mainstream oil-driven economy.
To further highlight its global outreach, the festival named Oliver Stone as the head of its international jury, while also confirming that Spike Lee would be joining as well. However, due to the intense outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, China, many events around the globe are under threat.
From e-gaming to comic-cons to even fashion shows, the coronavirus is affecting everyone equally. The postponement means that the Saudi Arabian Red Sea Film Festival would now join alongside Qatar’s Qumra Film Festival and Thessaloniki Documentary Festival who delayed the events as well.