#COVID19 Event Casualties (2021)

Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief

All of the large events scheduled for the first nine months of 2021 have now, either been cancelled, postponed or given a back-up date. In summary then, here’s a short list of those that have survived the year, followed by a rather longer list with those that have been cancelled.

  1. #MWC2021 scheduled for June is, at this point, still scheduled but the overwhelming sentiment from journalists and industry influencers is that it is not long for this world.
  2. This year #INT2021 Integrate Expo will be co-located with the Security Exhibition & Conference, July 21-23, 2021 in Sydney.
  3. The organisers of IFA Berlin are hoping that #IFA2021 can go ahead as normal September 3-9, 2021 at Messe Berlin.
  4. The organisers of IBC, currently scheduled for September 10-13, 2021 at the RAI, Amsterdam have said that they are convinced that the event will go ahead as planned but have announced that they have secured ‘fall back dates’ of December 3-6, 2021 should there be any unforeseen issues
  5. The two shows moved from January and June respectively, namely NAB Show and #Infocomm21 that have both been moved to October and are still scheduled for Las Vegas and Orlando, FL.

Here is a list of the cancellations and postponements, 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 was replaced in January with a number of virtual events and ‘digital expos’ taking place January 12-14, January 19 and January 21-22, 2021. The planned in-person physical exposition and conference which was initially moved later in the year to June 6-8, 2021 has now also been cancelled.
  • 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 was postponed and scheduled to take place June 1-4, 2021. It has now been cancelled. It was to be replaced by events at Fira Barcelona, MAC Forum, Munich, RAI, Amsterdam and Evolution, Battersea but two those have now also been cancelled:-
    • June 1-2, 2021 Barcelona
    • June 8-9, 2021 Munich
    • June 15-16, 2021 Amsterdam
    • June 23-24, 2021 London
  • #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.
  • ISCVEx, the Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers cancelled its 2021 exhibition and seminar programme which was due to take place in March, with plans to resume the UK event next year March 22-23, 2022
  • 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 April 12-15, 2021 Passenger Terminal Expo due to take place in Amsterdam, then re-scheduled for June 28, 29, 30 and July 1, 2021 looks like it has been cancelled. Their web site now says it is due to take place April 5-7, 2022 in Paris
  • 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
  • CinemaCon 2021, originally scheduled for April 26-29 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, has been rescheduled for August 23-26, 2021
  • The Media Production and Technology Show which was scheduled for May 11-12, 2021 at Olympia, London has been cancelled. It will not now take place until May 2022.
  • PLASA Focus Leeds which was due to take place May 11-12, 2021 at the Royal Armouries Leeds has joined forces with the ABTT Theatre Show for a joint event September 5-7, 2021
  • 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
  • The Society for Information Display (SID)’ Display Week which was due to run May 17-21, 2021 is, for the second year, in a row, 100% virtual.
  • Reed Expositions and POPAI France’s 2021 edition of the Marketing Point de Vente show which was to take place in June has been postponed again. It is now hoped that it can be held October 5-7 in Pavilion 1 of Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.
  • InfoComm 2021 which was scheduled to take place June 12-18 has now been postponed until October 23-29. It will still be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.
  • The organisers of IBC, currently scheduled for September 10-13, 2021 at the RAI, Amsterdam have said that they are convinced that the event will go ahead as planned but have announced that they have secured ‘fall back dates’ of December 3-6, 2021 should there be any unforeseen issues.

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


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