This year’s London Design Fair, due to take place at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch on 17th-20th September, has been cancelled. Dates for 2021 will be announced in due course.
While this isn’t the first art event to be cancelled or postponed due to the widespread disruption caused by the Coronavirus epidemic, it’s an indication of how long into the year the effects are likely to last. Nearly 70 percent of the event’s exhibitors are based abroad and most have requested to cancel their participation for 2020.
David Maguire, group event director at Diversified Communications UK, says: “Like all businesses, we’ve been closely following the rapidly changing developments during these unprecedented and difficult times, and we have been in close contact with our exhibitors and partners to make sure we make the right decision.
“We appreciate the hugely important role London Design Fair plays as part of the London Design Festival and its mission to promote London as one of the leading design capitals of the world. However, these are unprecedented times. We know how affected many of our exhibitors, visitors, sponsors and partners are by the epidemic, and our thoughts are with them, their staff and families. But the design community is strong and resilient, and we look forward to coming back better than ever in 2021, and to continuing to play a leading role promoting great design.”
New show dates will be announced on the website (www.londondesignfair.co.uk) soon.