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Cannes Film Festival 2021 has been postponed due to coronavirus

Live events continue to be swept aside by the ongoing global pandemic. The coronavirus has claimed another stellar event as a victim with the 2021 edition of Cannes Film Festival being, at the very least, postponed.

The event is one of the highlights of the cinematic calendar and will now have to be moved. The event was scheduled to take place between May 11-22 and has now been postponed until July 6-17. Organisers at The Festival de Cannes said: “As announced last autumn, the Festival de Cannes reserved the right to change its dates depending on how the global health situation developed.”

The decision to postpone the event seems to revolve around the festival refusing to bend to the virus. While many star-studded events have gone ahead across 2020, they usually involved a live stream or other forms of social-distancing. But, for Cannes, that simply won’t do.

The postponement has been anticipated for some time, especially following the comments from festival spokesperson Aïda Belloulid, suggested the event would be pushed back as cases in Europe continue to increase. Belloulid was also determined that the event will be “a classic Cannes” welcoming stars on the famed Croisette.

Of course, like many events in 2020, Cannes had to cancel its usual event in lieu of an online-only edition. It seems that 2021 will not be the same and the organisers are determined to see it go off without a hitch.

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