Global exhibitions respond to Coronavirus

Global exhibitions respond to Coronavirus

June 2020

Following the cancellation of Coverings in New Orleans in April, other key international events in the tile exhibition calendar have announced their revised plans.

Firstly, after exploring all possible options, Clerkenwell Design Week 2020 has been postponed until 25th to 27th May 2021.

“Postponing to next year means that we can secure CDW’s future, giving us time, as an industry and as a community, to come together and deliver an even better festival in 2021,” stated the organisers.

“We are delighted to confirm that Porsche will be our Headline Sponsor (maintaining their commitment to the event as it moves to next year).  We will also be introducing brand new venues and commissioning more exciting installations across EC1 than ever before.  We look forward to uniting the international design community in Clerkenwell once again next year.”

Meanwhile, Cersaie 2020 is being moved to new dates - 9th to 13th November 2020 - and will adopt a safer, more engaging and more international exhibition format.  The show will still be held in the Bologna Exhibition Centre and will maintain the usual programme of events and features.

“The fact that we will have to live with Covid-19 for some time makes it essential to adopt European protocols to keep exhibitors and visitors safe during their stay in Bologna,” says Antonio Bruzzone of  BolognaFiere.  

A second important factor was the need to ensure that the new Hall 37 would be ready following the shutdown of all construction work in Italy.

“We want it to be the first international event in the sector that draws lessons from the emergency, and rethinks the world of architecture and home design in a way that brings together health and beauty,” says Confindustria Ceramica Chairman Giovanni Savorani.

Tecnargilla, the world’s top exhibition of tile processing and manufacturing technology, has been postponed until 2021. The decision was taken by Acimac and IEG (Italian Exhibition Group) to ensure that the event can be held in the best possible conditions, and reflects the likely difficulties facing international travel for some time to come.  Tecnargilla will thus be held in the autumn of 2021, after which it will resume its biennial frequency.

This will enable the exhibition to maintain its key role as a showcase of innovation and a meeting point for the ceramic and other surface coverings sectors and to reaffirm the unique international status of Italian technologies

Xiamen Stone Fair opened online in June ahead of the planned real world exhibition rescheduled for October.  The world's largest stone fair has been postponed twice now in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Originally scheduled for March, and delayed until June, it has now been confirmed for 27th to 30th October 2020.

However, an online version of the exhibition opened in June to provide a preview of the October show.  The Cloud Xiamen Stone Fair is intended to become a permanent feature of the Xiamen Stone Fair.  It can be accessed at:

Finally, The Flooring Show is returning to Harrogate Convention Centre for its 58th appearance, from 20th to 22nd September 2020.

It is supported by Contract Flooring Association, National Institute of Carpet & Floorlayers, and the Flooring Industry Training Association. 2020 is set to be a great success, giving our resilient industry something to look forward to as we emerge from the pandemic.

“Now that the lockdown is being eased, our industry needs to hit the ground running.  Companies need to be ready for trading to resume and showcase their products,” commented Event Director, Alex Butler.

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