Sydney's major art and lights festival, Vivid, is the latest cultural event to be cancelled amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The New South Wales government announced its decision on Sunday morning. The festival was scheduled to run from May 22 until June 13.

“The decision to cancel was not taken lightly. As the event owner, we must follow the advice of health officials to ensure the health and safety of our citizens and everyone involved with Vivid Sydney,” said minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres.

“We have taken the decision early in consideration of those planning to travel to Sydney for the festival, our commercial partners, artists, and volunteers so as to minimise the disruption and impact on them.

“It’s been an incredibly tough time for the tourism industry and this is yet another body blow, but NSW will bounce back and Vivid Sydney will shine brighter than ever in 2021.”

Vivid began in 2009 and has since become a major, beloved event on the Sydney cultural calendar. Last year a record 2.4 million people attended the festival, generating $172 million for the state economy.

The event's cancellation follows the Australian government's announcement on Friday advising people not to attend or put on non-essential public gatherings of more than 500 people, including arts festivals, beginning Monday March 16.

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