Asheville’s Connect Beyond festival has been canceled, becoming the first major event in this city to succumb to the Covid-19 virus.
The third annual festival, which had been scheduled for the first weekend of April, brings together music, film and social consciousness into three days of performances, screenings and panel discussions. In a statement, festival founder Jessica Tomasin cited ongoing developments with COVID-19.
"We cannot in good conscience move forward with the festival as scheduled," she said in the statement. "At this moment, our focus is to ensure the health and safety of everyone."
The statement promised a revitalized festival later in 2020.