#COVID19 Event Casualties (2021)

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

Many of the large events scheduled for the first three or four months of 2021 have been cancelled or postponed. Here is a list of them, in date they would have happened order…

  • #CES2021 which was due to take place January 6-9, 2021 has been cancelled as an in-person event. It will now be an all-digital experience connecting exhibitors, customers, thought leaders and media from around the world say the organisers.
  • The three day Prolight & Sound Middle East event, which was due to take place January 24-26, 2021 in Dubai has been cancelled. It will now, not take place until late next year, in September 2022.
  • Retail’s Big Show #NRF2021 which was scheduled for January 17-19, 2021 has been cancelled as an in-person event. It is being replaced in January with a number of virtual events and ‘digital expos’ taking place January 12-14, January 19 and January 21-22, 2021, with the in-person physical exposition and conference moved later in the year to June 6-8, 2021.
  • The Bett 2021 show in the UK, which was due to run January 20-22, 2021 has been cancelled and will be replaced by a virtual show. The next in-person Bett show will take place on 19-21 January 2022 at ExCeL London.
  • #ISE2021 which was due to take place at Gran Via, part of the Fira de Barcelona exhibition complex in Spain, February 2-5, 2021 has been postponed and will now take place June 1-4, 2021.
  • #MWC2021 scheduled for March in Barcelona has been moved to June 28-July 1, 2021
  • Dx3 Canada, which was scheduled for March 2-5, 2021 in Toronto is now a virtual event.
  • As SXSW was cancelled last year, it’s amazing to think that the event has physically not taken place since March 8-17, 2019. This year’s South by Southwest is also cancelled but will be held virtually, March 16-20, 2021
  • The organisers of ITB Berlin and ITB Berlin Convention (also cancelled in 2020) have announced that the event planned for March 9-12, 2021 is also cancelled as in-person event. It will be held virtually.
  • EuroCIS 2021 which was due to take place March 16-18, 2021 has been cancelled in its entirety.
  • EI Live! which was due to take place at the Farnborough Exhibition Centre in March, 2021 (it was originally scheduled for April 2020, then moved to October 2020) has now been postponed until September 29-30, 2021. There has not been an actual event since October 2019.
  • ISA Sign Expo 2021 which was due to take place April 7-9, 2021 has been cancelled. It is to be replaced with a virtual event.
  • The 2021 NAB Show which was scheduled for April 11–14, 2021 will now take place October 9–13, 2021, still in Las Vegas
  • The ‘Prolight + Sound 2021 Hybrid Edition’ which should have taken place in Frankfurt, April 13-16, 2021 has been cancelled
  • Reed Exhibitions announced that RetailEXPO which was scheduled to take place in April, 2021 will not now happen. It was also cancelled in 2020
  • The World Out of Home Organization annual Congress, cancelled in 2020 and re-scheduled for 2021 at the same venue, the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel for May 12-14, 2021 has now also been cancelled. It is being replaced with a ‘world tour’; three events, two of which are hoped to be live, to be held in Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific in the second, third and fourth quarters of 2021

You can see a full list of our industry events cancelled in 2020 here.


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