Wales

Coronavirus: What's off and what's still on in Wales?

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Image caption Th Royal Welsh Show was set to be held from 20 July in Llanelwedd in Powys

The 2020 Royal Welsh Show has been cancelled due to the "deteriorating situation surrounding coronavirus".

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society said it made the announcement with "deep regret" following the latest government and public health guidance against attending mass gatherings.

The Hay Festival has been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The not-for-profit organisation said this meant it was now in "immediate financial jeopardy".

A GoFundMe page has been set up in a bid to secure the festival's future which derives 70% of income from ticket and book sales.

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Image caption Hay Festival was also called off because of coronavirus

It joins the the Urdd Eisteddfod and numerous other events, including comedy gigs, concerts and sports, that have been called off because of coronavirus.

The eisteddfod, which was due to be held in Denbighshire, has been postponed until 2021.

It attracts about 90,000 visitors each year.

Hay Festival director Peter Florence said he regretted "deeply" that the event was off.

"As an organisation we now face a stark reality," he said.

"We have 10 days to raise the funds we need to support us in the coming months and secure Hay Festival 2021 at a time when we can again celebrate together and tell stories of these times."

Meanwhile, postponing the Urdd Eisteddfod could mean a "financial blow of nearly £4m" to the organisation.

More than 15,000 children and young people under the age of 25 compete during the week in various competitions such as singing, dancing and performing.

Organisers say all three Urdd camps will be closed for the time being and all local and regional Urdd Eisteddfod events will also be cancelled.

All Urdd-related sports competitions and community activities have also been scrapped until further notice.

The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff has already announced its closure with immediate effect until further notice.

Numerous shows at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff have also been cancelled or postponed.

It's box office is closed for the "foreseeable future".

And St David's Hall in Cardiff is closed.

Two outdoor theatre events at Oystermouth Castle in August have also been postponed until further notice, said Swansea Council. 

Venue Cymru in Llandudno said it "will not be staging shows or screening films at this time".

Bangor University has announced its Varsity and its Socs Fest have been cancelled over COVID-19 concerns.

Hay Festival director Peter Florence said he regretted "deeply" that the event was off.

"As an organisation we now face a stark reality," he said.

"We have 10 days to raise the funds we need to support us in the coming months and secure Hay Festival 2021 at a time when we can again celebrate together and tell stories of these times."

Meanwhile, postponing the Urdd Eisteddfod could mean a "financial blow of nearly £4m" to the organisation.

More than 15,000 children and young people under the age of 25 compete during the week in various competitions such as singing, dancing and performing.

Organisers say all three Urdd camps will be closed for the time being and all local and regional Urdd Eisteddfod events will also be cancelled.

All Urdd-related sports competitions and community activities have also been scrapped until further notice.

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