Mike Blackman, Managing Director of Integrated Systems Events, issued the following statement on 16 September.
“After a period of consultation with the industry and the impact of the ongoing pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to postpone ISE, scheduled for 2-5 February, to 1-4 June. ISE 2021 will also feature a virtual offering. Additionally, ISE will launch RISE Digital, a regular programme of content and networking events which will run throughout the year and support the live show.
“We’ve been monitoring the conditions in Europe since the beginning of this year and have worked hard to balance health and safety concerns with the need for commerce and face-to-face interaction. These two factors have had shifting weight throughout the calendar year and although we’ve felt confident and hopeful regarding delivering this show in February, we’ve come to the conclusion that the best option for all of us is to delay the show edition until June 2021.
“The decision to reschedule the exhibition from early February came after a period of consultation with exhibitors, the venue and local authorities. In recent weeks we have been working closely with the venue and local suppliers to ensure that the move can take place as smoothly as possible.
“From our many conversations, it is clear the industry can’t wait to get back together doing business face to face and we are committed to delivering an engaging and safe in-person ISE in 2021. The postponement of the event to early June provides additional time for the industry to adapt and restore balance. We look forward to hosting the AV community in our new home in Barcelona.
“Watch out for our regular updates on all that is taking place at ISE 2021.
“Thank you for your continued support.”
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