With the COVID-19 international pandemic ongoing, mass gatherings of every kind and sizes have been severely affected all over the world and particularly within the US, with fandom conventions bearing a large brunt because the starting of March. Postponements for long-planned occasions finally grew to become cancellations because the yr has progressed with many digital occasions taking their place, owing to both lack of venue availability or municipal and state mandates affecting the whole lot from incoming and outgoing journey, to availability of lodging and facilities.
Following final week's information that New York Comedian Con would grow to be a digital occasion owing to the pandemic nonetheless inflicting issues with occasion administration and venue planning owing to the continued municipal and state mandates closely limiting mass gatherings in New York Metropolis and New York State, Anime NYC has now formally introduced the cancellation of the 2020 version, with the 2021 version now scheduled for November 19-21st 2021.
Beneath, the entire assertion from Anime NYC organizer Peter Tatara on the cancellation, in each picture embed and textual content transcription:
After super deliberation, #AnimeNYC is cancelled this yr due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A thanks to the Javits Middle, the anime business, and all of the followers who like to rejoice with us – and we'll see subsequent Nov 19-21, 2021. https://t.co/VnZC7hAC02 pic.twitter.com/WLxM0fpdQI
— Anime NYC (@animenyc) August 17, 2020
Hi there, that is Peter Tatara, Present Director of Anime NYC. Over the previous few months, Anime NYC’s staff has labored carefully with the Javits Middle and our operations and writer companions to create a protected and wholesome conference this yr.
I’m deeply pleased with all this planning; nonetheless, as we close to summer season’s finish, in mild of each governmental path and basic public well being advisories, a face-to-face occasion is simply not attainable at the moment with the continued affect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
What does this imply for you? For all followers, you might have the choice to roll your tickets over to Anime NYC 2021 or obtain a refund. For all exhibitors, you might have the choice to roll over your cubicles and sponsorships or be refunded as nicely. As well as, all lodge rooms in our official block can be routinely refunded.
All followers and exhibitors will obtain an in depth electronic mail with subsequent steps by as we speak’s finish.
We began Anime NYC with the objective of bringing anime followers and the anime business collectively within the largest metropolis in America, and whereas we’ll be unable to all collect within the Javits Middle this yr, our objective isn’t going away. Relatively, we now look to deliver followers and the business collectively in new, totally different, and digital methods – and we’ll do that lengthy earlier than November.
Final month, we began the “Anime Information Community Join introduced by Anime NYC” mission which options ongoing on-line anime occasions along with our business buddies. We’ll have extra bulletins, too, round further methods we will rejoice our fandom whereas bodily distant.
An incredible thanks once more to the Anime NYC and Javits Middle groups for all of the planning you’ve completed, to all of the assist from Crunchyroll and everybody throughout the anime business, and to you – all of the followers in NYC and past who love to return collectively and rejoice with our anime household.
Keep protected, put on a masks, and we’ll be again November 19-21, 2021!
Peter Tatara · Founder · Anime NYC