Munich - The upcoming Performance Days exhibition, scheduled for 22-23 April in Munich, has been cancelled with organisers set to offer a digital presentation of exhibitors' latest fabric collections.
With the edition offering winter 2022/23 season functional fabrics and materials for sports and fashion scheduled for October 28-29 2020 in Munich, the April edition will not be rescheduled.
Although the current ban on events in Germany does not include the fair date, organisers said they wished to emphasise that the health of exhibitors and visitors remained the top priority. "With travel bans and many restrictive measures in place to avoid the spread of the virus, holding Performance Days in April would not be justifiable towards the globally based customers also from an economic perspective," said General Manager Marco Weichert. "After extensive monitoring of the COVID-19 virus pandemic and conscientious consideration of alternatives, such as postponing the fair to a later date in the summer, and in close exchange with exhibitors and attendees, the fair team has now decided, with a heavy heart, to cancel the fair for what would have been the kick-off of the fabrics for the summer 2022 season."
He continued: “The safety and health of our visitors and exhibitors is given our top priority. Even though the current event ban in Bavaria only applies until April 19, we would like to help in curtailing the spread of the corona virus beyond that date. In view of the current uncertain situation, in which new short-term decisions have to be taken to protect the health of everyone, we believe it makes sense not to postpone the event to a later date either, but to send a clear signal that we are acting far-sightedly and responsibly by cancelling the trade fair for the summer 2022 kick-off.”
In order to keep the industry informed on the latest trends of exhibitors, Performance Days said it was working on a range of digital solutions. As around 1.000 new fabrics and ingredients from exhibitors for summer 2022 have been made available to the fair headquarters, the plan is to present these trends in digital form over the next few weeks.
Senior Marketing Manager Lena Weimer explained: "Even if exhibitors and visitors cannot meet personally at the fair in this currently very challenging situation, we will find ways to inform the industry about the latest products and trends.
“We treasure the good, close and intensive contact with our exhibitors dearly, some of whom have been working together with us since the fair was founded 10 years ago. Such close partnerships are faced with challenges in adverse times. We will be working hard to prepare the presentation of exhibitor trends in virtual form in order to inform the industry, and to support our partners."
Current developments will be posted on the fair website at www.performancedays.com. As soon as the latest trends for summer 2022 are ready for virtual presentation, all visitors, exhibitors and partners will receive notifications.
The next fair will take place as planned on October 28-29 2020 in Munich and will present the trends and innovations for the winter 2022/23 season.