Colmar Jazz Festival postponed to 2021
Published: Aug 20, 2020 04:58 PM

Music bands attend the 35th Havana Jazz Plaza festival held in Havana, Cuba in January. Photo: IC

The 25th edition of France's Colmar Jazz Festival, scheduled for September, has been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus epidemic, the city said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Current progress in the health crisis does not allow us today, realistically, to consider staging concerts in September," the statement says, adding that this edition of the festival will now take place in 2021. 

Guitarists Sylvain Luc and Bireli Lagrene, US singer China Moses, daughter of Dee Dee Bridgewater, and French pianist Sebastian Troendle were to perform at 2020's festival in the city near the Rhine river border with Germany.

Attracting more than 5,000 people in 2019, the show had been due to run from September 10 to 28. 

Nevertheless, a concert by gypsy jazz guitarist Angelo Debarre will go ahead on September 24 at the nearby town of Selestat.

The Colmar Film Festival, slated for October, has also been canceled for the same reason with city officials judging it to be "impossible to welcome film and television personalities in the friendly and festive conditions that make the festival famous."

France has recorded over 225,000 cases of coronavirus and over 30,000 deaths since the disease emerged at the end of 2019. 

A recent upsurge has seen new preventive measures reintroduced.