Lighting Industry

Organisers cancel the LuxLive 2021 exhibition

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Cancellation of this year’s LuxLive exhibition in London has been blamed on the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on key sectors for the lighting industry, including retail and hospitality

ORGANISERS of the LuxLive exhibition, due to take place in London this November, have announced that they have cancelled the event. 

LuxLive 2020 was originally postponed from last November to November 2021 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

‘The decision to cancel the Event is based on a number of factors,’ said portfolio director James Samuel.

‘These include the ongoing impact of the pandemic and the uncertainty it is causing for hosting live events. 

‘This has compromised the ability for the event to offer a high-end business-to-business experience that will provide our exhibitors with a satisfactory level of return on investment. 

‘Additionally, wider vertical sectors such as retail and hospitality are continuing to suffer, and other sectors such as health and education are pausing lighting upgrade projects. 

‘These factors have lead us to believe the traditional large trade show model in 2021 will not meet the needs of the industry. 

‘The thoughts of all of us at Clarion Events continue to be with everyone affected by Covid-19.’

Organisers have written to contracted exhibitors and arranged refunds where appropriate.

However, while a traditional in-person exhibition has been cancelled, plans are being made to look at the replicating last year’s successful digital conference, which ran on the days when the show was due to take place. 

An alternative is a potential hybrid conference event prior to the Lux Awards, also in November.

The LuxLive exhibition, which was launched in 2011, is Europe’s largest annual lighting event, attracting 6,500 professional visitors to London’s ExCeL annually. 

A conference arena at LuxLive. Organisers say one possible option is to replace the content programme with a digital event, as happened in 2020.