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Tongyeong International Music Festival has been canceled

The upcoming Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF), an annual classical music gala, has been canceled amid the spread of the coronavirus in Korea, organizers said Wednesday.

“As South Korea continues to be affected by outbreak of the Covd-19 virus, TIMF Concert Hall, along with many other venues across the country, has been closed,” the TIMF Foundation said in an English-language statement posted on its website. “Concerns for the safety of our participating artists and audiences have led the TIMF Foundation to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 TIMF.”

The 2020 TIMF was supposed to kick off on March 27 and run through April 5 at TIMF Concert Hall in the southern coastal city of Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang, with 363 artists from 23 countries set to perform.

It was founded in 2002 to commemorate Korea’s renowned composer Yun I-sang, who was born in Sancheong, near Tongyeong, in 1917.

Korea reported 5,328 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Wednesday, 44 days after the first case was reported on Jan. 20. The government raised the virus alert to the highest level late last month and has since asked people to refrain from outdoor activities.

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