Headlines from China: Nearly 8,000 Performing Arts Events in March Were Cancelled in China

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Nearly 8,000 Performing Arts Events in March Were Cancelled 

Nearly 8,000 live-performance events across China in March have been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The total loss in ticket sales is at least RMB 1 billion, according to a rough estimation by China Association of Performing Arts (CAPA). Due to the celebration of the 70th anniversary of PRC’s founding, many commercial performing arts events were unable to take place in fall of 2019 and postponed to late 2019 and 2020. At the end of 2019, many industry insiders expected 2020 to be a “big year” for the performing arts sector, as evidenced by the heated theater rental market. However, everything was changed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more on CAPA-1988

ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival Opens Call for Entries

ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival, a film festival that features LGBTQ+-themed cinematic works from both China and overseas, is now calling for submissions for its 12th edition, which is scheduled to take place in June 2020. The festival has two major sections: Chinese-language Short Film Competition and World Cinema (non-competition section). All films must focus on LGBTQ subjects, yet the filmmakers themselves do not need to identify as LGBTQ. The deadline for submissions is April 12, 2020. Read more on DirecTube