Sydney’s annual Vivid light, music and ideas festival has been cancelled in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus on home soil.
The NSW Government made the announcement on Sunday, citing the ban on non-essential organised gatherings of more than 500 people as the reason for the decision.
The festival was scheduled to run from 22 May to 13 June.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the cancellation “was not taken lightly” and will be a major setback for the tourism industry.
The NSW government says there will be no Vivid Sydney festival this year. Credit: AAP
“It’s been an incredibly tough time for the tourism industry and this is yet another body blow, but NSW will bounce back…,” he said.
“As the event owner, we must follow the advice of health officials to ensure the health and safety of our citizens and everyone involved with Vivid Sydney.”
Ayres said the decision was made early to “minimise the disruption and impact on them”.
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The festival debuted in 2009 and is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency.
In 2019 a record 2.4 million people attended Vivid Sydney, generating $172 million for the NSW economy.
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