Frankfurt's January trade shows cancelled
There will be no January trade shows in Frankfurt, Germany. After the Munich Fabric Start show was cancelled, the organisers of the Frankfurt Fashion Week too were forced to cancel their five events, scheduled on January 18-20: Premium, Neonyt, Seek, The Ground and Val:ue, a new event open to the public. A decision that was all the more unpleasant because, a little more than a week ago, the organisers seemed particularly optimistic. The Neonyt show alone would have hosted more than 150 exhibitors.
In the last few days, the Covid situation in Germany and neighbouring countries has deteriorated rapidly due to the lightning-fast spread of the Omicron variant. According to the events’ organisers, Messe Frankfurt and the Premium Group, the decisions taken on Tuesday by the federal government and the regional authorities, as well as the forecasts made by the government’s pool of experts, left them with no alternative.
Many companies had already banned their employees, whether trade show exhibitors or visitors, from travelling, in order to ensure their safety given the escalation in the number of Covid cases.
Despite this, the organisers are keen to set up a replacement programme consisting of “scheduled personal meetings, organised in accordance with the current health protection measures.” The aim is to give industry professionals the opportunity to make contact and exchange ideas.
“We feel the need for face-to-face meetings in the industry. We are therefore convinced that with the presentations, events and conferences that we will be able to stage in January as part of [Frankfurt] Fashion Week, we will send a positive signal from [our city],” said Olaf Schmidt, vice-president for textiles and textile technology at Messe Frankfurt.
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