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These are unprecedented times. The crisis we face has no nationality, religion or creed and we fight it not with bullets or bombs, but with rationality and science. We must think of ourselves not as individuals but as part of a whole. There’s no ‘me’ in Coronavirus – but there is an US.

During the next couple of months, it’s not possible for us to print and distribute our magazines to our readers in all corners of the county. Instead, we’ll be producing our titles in a new interactive digital format –the same gorgeous design, the same unparalleled editorial, only in a digital and not paper form.

There is scarcely an individual or business that is not affected by this crisis. To those in particularly hard-hit industries like hospitality and travel, our thoughts are with you. To the bravest among us, those who work in our NHS, on the frontline of this battle, we give our gratitude and unending respect.

Here at OX, we don’t have degrees in epidemiology, or public health. Neither are we a news organisation committed to bringing out every new shard of detail from the evolving situation. We’re a platform for Oxfordshire’s finest, from the artists and artisans, to the musicians and makers, thinkers and tinkerers. While practically all events that we’ve been featuring have had to be cancelled, the talent and creativity behind those events has not and will not go away.

That’s why we’re opening the doors of our website and social media channels to anyone, big or small, who’s had to cancel a show or event. Our editorial team is on hand to create dedicated pages on oxmag.co.uk to help you reach your fans, your customers or your audience.

If you’re a musician who’s had shows cancelled, get in touch and we’ll help to promote and host a virtual gig. If you’re an artist who can’t exhibit, give us a call and we’ll give you a page where you can document or maybe even sell some work. If you’re a small business and you want to hear from your customers, drop us a line and we’ll work with you to try and engage with them. If you work in a particular field and think people ought to see your perspective on all this, get in touch.

So much of life feels outside of our control at the moment. But just because we can no longer congregate in public, that doesn’t mean we can’t share. So from all of us at OX – stay safe, reach out, and let’s bring some laughter and light at this difficult time.

If you’d like to work with us on video or livestreaming – email sam@fyne.co.uk

If you have queries about specific titles, or would like to discuss advertising or subscriptions please ring 01235 856300 For up-to-date information about the pandemic, see https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

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