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The Venice Carnival faces the absence of tourists in the shadow of COVID-19 in an innovative way

The famous Venice Carnival in Italy was launched this year with a hypothetical version, in the absence of the usual crowds of tourists, to confront the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and despite these restrictive measures for the carnival, some of the people of the Italian city attended the celebration, to keep it alive.

Some couples wandered in fancy dress the famous fog-filled St. Mark’s Square.

One of the visitors, Kiara Ragazzon, said that the event looks very different, it is strange that silence prevails in the place, especially since the carnival is famous for its music and loud voices of people, but the place remains charming.

Venice was forced to legalize carnival celebrations when the epidemic began spreading in February last year, and this year it relied on broadcasting video clips online of the people of the city in disguise, in the absence of the usual crowds of tourists, according to the French agency.

Decline in shops revenues
There are shops located a few steps away from St. Mark’s Square, which used to witness the famous Venice Carnival, including a mask shop owned by Hamid Siddiqui, 63, a craftsman of Iranian origin.

While Hamid continues to do his job, he completes making a carnival mask, molds, sculptures and cools it delicately with very fast and elaborate movements, and his shop is crammed with masks made of paper, lace, and iron decorated with Swarovski crystals.

Hamid says that since the start of the pandemic, his revenues have decreased by 70% due to the absence of foreign tourists, who make up the largest number of his customers.

Hamid has been making masks for 35 years, describing the current situation as tragic, because he only sold two masks as part of the carnival, according to the French agency.

Carnival of Venice with mask and muzzle
In front of St. Mark’s Basilica, about thirty craftsmen, hooded in long black hoods, stand silently.

The Association of Venetian Artisans launched a campaign with discounts entitled “The Venice Carnival with Mask and Gag” to urge the townspeople to continue the tradition of the carnival.

“Venice’s lack of tourists provides an opportunity for its people to rediscover their city,” said association director Jani de Kecchi.

Tourists walk in St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Authorities in Italy decided to re-open schools and museums in some of the areas less hard-hit by the coronavirus outbreak in the country which has the most cases outside of Asia, as Italians on Friday yearned for a return to normal life even amid fears that the outbreak could plunge the country’s economy into recession. (Claudio Furlan/Lapresse via AP)

“In the last twenty-five years, massive tourism has weighed heavily on the socio-economic fabric in central Venice, in a way that has led to a deviation in the nature of the carnival,” he added.

The city’s tourism advisor, Simone Ventorini, said that holding the Carnival in this way aims to revitalize the ties that bind us together with millions of people who love Venice.

A number of video scenes of the Venice celebrations were broadcast online, including an impromptu dance on the Rialto Bridge, and one of the dancers said, “We wanted to show that Venice is not a dead city and that it is possible to have fun even in the midst of Covid-19.”

The economic role
The Venice Carnival is an annual celebration that takes place in Venice, Italy, and usually takes two weeks.
The carnival generated about $ 84 million, which was spent by 567,000 tourists, according to Venice municipality figures, before the Covid-19 pandemic.


The carnival contributes about 40% of the store’s revenue, while the shopkeepers are trying to hold out instead of making money, according to the French agency.

Venice was unable to hold the carnival last year, in conjunction with the spread of the first wave of Covid-19, while it tried to hold it this year symbolically, and by relying on its citizens to attend the carnival.


The Venice International Film Festival was opened at the end of last year on Lido Island in Venice, Italy, where the 77th session of the festival was held amid measures to prevent the Covid-19 virus, while other famous film festivals around the world were canceled.
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