Several art and cultural events have been rescheduled due to the rising number of Omicron cases. The following are some of them:
India Art Fair 2022
Known as the biggest event in the history of art, there has always been a lot of excitement around India Art Fair. This year too the situation was not different. However, the rising number of Omicron cases has put the fate of several art galleries and independent artists on line. The organisers have decided to reschedule the event from 3-6 February 2022 to 28 April-1 May 2022.
The move comes after a yellow alert was issued in the capital. The organisers decided to keep the Delhi Government’s restrictions and the rising cases of Omicron in mind before taking the final call on the event's commencement. However, the organisers in an Instagram post confirmed that the change would not apply to the venue and safety measures being adopted at the event.
Jaipur Literature Festival
The 15th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival has also faced the brunt of the Omicron variant. Teamwork Arts have rescheduled the event that was originally scheduled to run between 28 January to 1 February 2022. The festival will now take place between 5-14 March 2022 and the on-ground programme will start from 10 March to 14 March.
Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts, in a press statement confirmed the news. He said, “Keeping in mind the advent of the new variant and the sharp rise in the number of cases across the country, we have thought it best to reschedule the Festival and hold it in March 2022. We remain committed to bring the Festival back to Jaipur as an on-ground, immersive experience, promoting dialogue, discussion and debate on books and ideas.”
Art Alive Gallery has postponed Life.Soul.Games that marks the beginning of the gallery’s 20th anniversary celebrations. The exhibition features recent works of Sakti Burman, Maite Deltiel and Maya Burman and was originally scheduled from 15-22 January 2022. However, it will now take place from 15-22 April 2022.