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Aspen Ideas Festival

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Aspen Ideas enters its 16th year this week (Sunday, June 28 through Thursday, July 2) with some major changes to this year's event; the festival will be held entirely online due to COVID-19, and all live content will be free for virtual audiences. 

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Travel restrictions and social distancing requirements have left many local businesses closed, with some staying shut through the spring offseason. The Aspen Chamber Resort Association expects that the impact will last into summer and the cancellation of Aspen Ideas Festival and the Food & Wine Classic will deal a blow to the summer economy.

In addition to high-profile speakers, the artistic components of the Aspen Institute has upped its game.