MANILA – Add Fringe Manila to the growing list of events that have been either postponed or cancelled as more cases of the novel coronavirus are being reported in the Philippines.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Fringe Manila announced that it is postponing all of the remaining events “effective immediately until March 16.”
“We want to create a safe space for you to come together, work together, and inspire each other. We did everything we could to run our festival as planned but ultimately, the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff is of the utmost importance to us and we feel it is our shared responsibility to help in preventing the spread of COVID-19,” the post read.
“Our hearts go out to the entire Filipino community, everyone impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and all of you — our Fringe family, who we look forward to celebrating with each year. We thank you for your support throughout Fringe Manila 2020 and regret being unable to see it through as scheduled. We hope that you and yours stay safe and healthy; and as always, we thank you for your kind understanding.”
Dubbed the city’s most diverse contemporary arts festival, Fringe Manila features performances, shows, exhibits, and workshops by local and international artists, as well as collectives.
The global death toll from COVID-19 has passed 4,000, with more than 110,000 cases recorded in over 100 territories, according to a tally by Agence France-Presse.
The Philippines has at least 33 cases of the respiratory disease, including one fatality, as of writing.