Fairs and festivals

FILE - In this March 30, 2019, file photo the Dome of the U.S. Capitol Building is visible as cherry blossom trees bloom on the West Lawn in Washington. Washington health officials recommended on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, that all “non-essential mass gatherings, including conferences and conventions,” be postponed or canceled through the end of March, a move that could imperil the popular Cherry Blossom Festival. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
March 11, 2020 - 1:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington health officials recommended on Wednesday that all “non-essential mass gatherings, including conferences and conventions,” be postponed or canceled through the end of March in light of the coronavirus outbreak, a move that could imperil the popular Cherry Blossom...
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Indians dance and throw colored powder during Holi festival celebrations in Gauhati, India, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The festival heralds the arrival of spring. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
March 10, 2020 - 7:27 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Hindus threw colored powder and sprayed water in massive celebrations of the festival of Holi in India on Tuesday, but the enthusiasm was subdued compared to previous years because of fears of the new virus. Brightly colored powder filled the air in most parts of North India. But...
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In this photo taken Saturday, March 7, 2020, Ugandans hold candles during the Mara Mara peace festival in Kampala, Uganda. The festival drew inspiration from the African Union's declaration of 2020 as the year for "silencing the guns" on a continent that has long faced violence ranging from civil war to ethnic rivalries and rebel insurgencies. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)
March 08, 2020 - 10:53 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Young people played tug of war and others shook their bodies to crowd-pleasing music as a scorching African sun set near the Ugandan capital. A tipsy poet drew loud cheers by repeatedly reciting “One day. Someday. Could be this day.” Others painted their faces, ate barbecued...
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FILE - This March 12, 2016 file photo shows flyers advertising comedy on a light pole on Sixth Street during South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. Austin city officials have canceled the South by Southwest arts and technology festival. Mayor Steve Adler announced a local disaster as a precaution because of the threat of the novel coronavirus, effectively cancelling the annual event that had been scheduled for March 13-22. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)
March 06, 2020 - 7:44 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The organizers of South By Southwest — which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors and some of Hollywood and music's biggest stars — announced Friday they had cancelled the annual arts and technology festival, saying they're “devastated" but recognize it is necessary to...
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Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar listens as President Donald Trump talks to reporters during a signing of a spending bill to combat the coronavirus, at the White House, Friday, March 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
March 06, 2020 - 5:35 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the virus outbreak (all times local to Seoul): 7:10 a.m. Austin city officials have canceled the South by Southwest arts and technology festival. Mayor Steve Adler announced a local disaster as a precaution because of the threat of the novel coronavirus,...
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March 06, 2020 - 5:07 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin city officials have canceled the South by Southwest arts and technology festival. Mayor Steve Adler announced a local disaster as a precaution because of the threat of the novel coronavirus, effectively cancelling the annual event. The announcement comes days after...
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In this image made from video, a group of workers in hazmat suits disinfect stage inside the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Friday, March 6, 2020. Taiwan’s National Concert Hall cancels performance for disinfectant on Friday after an Australian composer who had visited was confirmed with coronavirus. (FTV via AP)
March 06, 2020 - 9:48 am
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Musician and composer Brett Dean has been hospitalized in Australia with the new coronavirus. British agent Intermusica confirmed on Thursday that the violist and conductor was in isolation in an Adelaide hospital with the COVID-19 illness. He was to perform with the...
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People line up to buy face masks to protect themselves from the new coronavirus outside Nonghyup Hanaro Mart in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 5, 2020. The number of infections of the COVID-19 disease spread around the globe. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
March 05, 2020 - 9:45 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — The global march of the new virus triggered a vigorous appeal from the World Health Organization for governments to pull out “all the stops” to slow the epidemic, as it drained color from India's spring festivals, closed Bethlehem's Nativity Church and blocked Italians from visiting...
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Workers wearing protective suits spray disinfectant inside the airplane for New York as a precaution against the new coronavirus at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. the coronavirus epidemic shifted increasingly westward toward the Middle East, Europe and the United States on Tuesday, with governments taking emergency steps to ease shortages of masks and other supplies for front-line doctors and nurses. (Suh Myoung-geon/Yonhap via AP)
March 05, 2020 - 5:33 am
BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on the virus outbreak (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Authorities in Switzerland say a 74-year-old woman infected with COVID-19 has died, the first death due to the new virus reported in the country. The Federal Office of Public Health said Thursday that the death was...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2020, file photo, Courtney B. Vance arrives at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles. Netflix is canceling its South by Southwest screenings and events amid concerns about the outbreak of the new coronavirus. A company spokesperson confirmed to the Associated Press on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, that the streamer is pulling out of the annual Austin-based festival, which kicks off next week. The company had planned to screen the feature film “Uncorked,” with Vance, and four docuseries. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
March 05, 2020 - 1:28 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix is canceling its South by Southwest screenings and events amid concerns about the outbreak of the new coronavirus. A company spokesperson confirmed to the Associated Press Wednesday that the streamer is pulling out of the annual Austin-based festival, which kicks off next...
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