The Sign Africa and FESPA Africa expo, co-located with Africa Print and Modern Marketing, and scheduled for 9-11 September 2020 at Gallagher Convention Centre in South Africa, will be postponed to 2021.
This decision was taken due to the current pandemic, restrictions on international travel, and the event industry being closed at the moment in South Africa with no clear indication if it will reopen before the planned dates.
‘The planning for these events involves a significant amount of time for both organisers and exhibitors, who in some cases import equipment to showcase and have representatives from their manufacturers on their stand,’ said Dyelan Copeland, expo organiser. The decision has been made to cancel this year’s expo and reschedule a new date in 2021 to ensure the event will have the due planning from all sides to make it a success. Copeland added that, ‘The number of online registrations we have had for 2020 indicate that the industry is looking forward to the next event.’
‘We are working on other opportunities to host interactive, dedicated audience sessions for companies later this year. Once we have approval on these ideas from the necessary authorities, we will launch them. Right now, whilst we wait for approvals and the event industry to open up, we have a great digital media platform to give fantastic exposure to our readers and audience and promote your services and products to our extensive databases in sub-Saharan Africa.’
FESPA Global Print Expo will no longer take place in Madrid in October 2020, but will now take place at the the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 9-12 March 2021, again co-locating FESPA Global Print Expo, European Sign Expo and Sportswear Pro. This will replace the originally scheduled 2021 event in Munich, Germany. FESPA will return to Munich in 2022.