Kind + Jugend 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

Organiser Koelnmesse has announced the cancellation of all its trade fairs due to run before the end of October, including Kind + Jugend.  

Kind + Jugend cancelledFollowing in the footsteps of a number of other trade events, Koelnmesse has announced the cancellation of all its 2020 trade fairs due to take place before the end of October. This means that Kind + Jugend, the international trade fair for children, toddler and baby equipment, has been cancelled.

The international trade fair organiser has worked hard to allay the concerns of exhibitors and visitors, but notes that, ultimately, restarting the Cologne trade fair scene isn’t possible without their participation and full support. A statement on its website says: “We take seriously the difficult situation of our customers – and their concern for the health of their employees. However, we remain firmly convinced that, if all parties involved behave prudently, trade fairs can be held safely and successfully under new circumstances and subject to appropriate conditions. As event professionals, we see ourselves in a position to create framework conditions suitable to trade fairs, even in times such as these.”

The statement goes on to list a raft of reasons why trade fairs should be allowed to recommence, including the role they will play in helping businesses get back on their feet and their professional nature, which Koelnmesse notes is different from sporting events or ‘funfairs’.  The trade fair organiser is aiming to restart its own events from November.

Kind + Jugend 2020, which was due to take place 17th-20th September, is slated to return in 2021, 16th-19th September.

Virtual forum to replace Autumn Fair this September

This year’s physical Autumn Fair has been cancelled due to coronavirus. 

Autumn Fair organiser to hold virtual forumHyve Group has announced that a virtual forum will replace this year’s Autumn Fair, which was due to take place on 6th-9th September.

As exclusively revealed by Toy World, the physical event has been cancelled for 2020 due to concerns surrounding the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Timed at the beginning of September, the event is a crucial shopping destination for buyers to prepare for the Golden Quarter, retail’s busiest and most profitable time of year in the lead up to Christmas and New Year. To fill the void, Hyve Group is planning a virtual forum for September. Open to all usual attendees and exhibitors, exclusive seminar content will be available alongside practical advice designed to educate and inform participants.

More information on the virtual forum will be available on the website in due course.

“We have been listening to both our exhibitors and visitors, and the feedback from the market has been incredibly supportive of Autumn Fair. We’re excited to have the opportunity to take a fresh approach and launch a virtual forum this September.” says Jessica Dawnay, event director – Spring & Autumn Fair. “We are also looking forward to when the industry can meet again in person and will focus all efforts and resources on helping the industry bounce back in 2021, both at Spring Fair in February 2021, and Autumn Fair taking place 5th-8th September 2021.”

Toy World reported on Wednesday that Hyve Group has begun receiving its first insurance pay-outs relating to cancelled events. Dialogue is also underway with exhibitors, with a view to rolling bookings over to either the Spring or Autumn Fair events in 2021. Spring Fair is set to take place 7th-11th February 2021, while Autumn Fair returns 5th-8th September 2021.