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Essence Festival Postponed Due To Coronavirus Concerns

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This year's Essence Festival of Culture has been postponed due to coronavirus concerns.

"Based on developments over the past couple of weeks, including updates from our city and health partners, we are officially announcing that we will move the 2020 ESSENCE Festival of Culture closer to the fall," the organizers said in a statement.

The previously announced line-up of artists will remain the same for the postponed dates, and all tickets sold for prior scheduled performances will be honored.

Bruno Mars and Janet Jackson had been set to headline the festival, which was scheduled to take place in New Orleans from July 1 to 5.

In the meantime, the Essence Festival of Culture has created a digital series that will include live online experiences that promote physical, mental, emotional, occupational, financial and entrepreneurial well-being during the coronavirus pandemic.

The series, named "Essence of the Matter: COVID-19's Impact on Black America," will kick off on Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1 with the first-ever virtual Essence Wellness House.

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