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Omicron: Have The 2022 Golden Globes, Grammy Awards, Oscars, Berlinale, Cannes Been Postponed?

With COVID-19 infection rates soaring around the world, several big events have been called off or rescheduled, like the Grammy Awards 2022, The Golden Globes 2022, however, will be held as scheduled on Sunday, January 9. There will no audience. The Berlinale 2022 and Cannes Film Festival 2022 are being held as scheduled, as of now.

Here is a list of the art and culture events of 2022 that have been postponed due to COVID and Omicron, and those which are on schedule.

Grammy Awards 2022

Preparations for the popular music awards ceremony, originally planned for January 31 in Los Angeles, were in full swing until a surge in COVID cases in the US forced organizers to reschedule the event. New dates are yet to be announced.

Golden Globe Awards 2022

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organises the Golden Globe Awards, recently announced a very stripped-down version of the ceremony. The prizes will be announced on Sunday, January 9, 2022, in Beverly Hills. There will be no audience, other than select members and grantees, who will have to show proof of vaccination and a negative test to be able to attend the event. The guests will be masked and socially distanced, and there will be no red carpet. The event will not be livestreamed and the winners will be announced on the association's social media accounts and on its website as they are announced.

Sundance Film Festival 2022

Initially planned as a hybrid of both virtual and in-person screenings in Park City, Utah, the largest independent film festival in the US has decided to hold the entire event online only. It runs from January 20-30.

72nd Berlin International Film Festival

Rising omicron cases in Germany have not yet prompted the festival's organizers to move the event online. The festival is set to take place from February 10-20 with on-site screenings — but no parties.

Cologne Carnival 2022

The 2022 Carnival — one of the largest street festivals in Europe — begins on February 22 with the Weiberfastnacht (Carnival's "women's day") and ends on Rose Monday, which falls on February 28 this year. Following last year's scaled-down version, organizers are looking into how they can let the parades take place safely despite growing infection rates.

Düsseldorf Carnival 2022

The capital of North Rhine Westfalia and Cologne's "arch rival" when it comes to Carnival customs and traditions, Düsseldorf plans to organize the traditional Rose Monday parade on May 29, instead of February 25, 2022.

Rio Carnival 2022

This year's festivities, set from February 25 to March 5, will be rather muted following rising cases of the omicron variant. The Brazilian city's mayor announced that some major Carnival events would take place, but organized street parties, or "blocos," will be canceled. The Sapucai Carnival, a parade performed by Rio's Carnival schools, will still go ahead.

Chinese New Year 2022

Festivities for China's biggest holiday marking the beginning of the Lunar New Year on February 1 have been massively restricted amid surging infections. Residents with confirmed COVID-19 cases have been prohibited from traveling and others have been urged to restrain from traveling during the upcoming spring holiday season. The Beijing Winter Olympics follow soon after, posing a health challenge for China as many foreign visitors, including the athletes traveling to the country.

Max Ophüls Festival 2022

Considered the most important newcomer film festival in the German-speaking world, the event is held for the 43rd time this year. According to current information, will take place with online and in-person events from January 16-26 in the western German city of Saarbrücken and selected cinemas in the state of Saarland.

Oktoberfest 2022

It's still a long way away, but Germany's largest and perhaps most popular beer festival may take place in the summer this year instead of at the end of September. The idea is still being discussed, with critics skeptical of the festivities clashing with the summer holidays.​​​​​​​

Festival de Cannes

As of now, the Cannes Film Festival has not been postponed due to COVID. It will be from May 17-28, 2022.

Oscar Awards 2022

Similarly, the Oscar Awards 2022, officially known as the 94th Academy Awards will be held as per schedule on Sunday, March 27, 2022 as of now. It had been postponed from its earlier February date before Omicron struck.

Edited by: Elizabeth Grenier | With inputs from Shweta Parande, Boldsky.

File Photo: Priyanka Chopra at the Golden Globes | Chinese New Year Photo: DW News | Oscar Trophy Photo: The Academy.

Source: DW