Having just announced their plans for the upcoming January edition, Munich Fabric Start Exhibitions GmbH have to bury them. Due to the dynamic pandemic development, additionally strengthened by the emerging Omikron variant, the organizer is facing new challenges and has therefore decided to cancel Munich Fabric Start, initially scheduled for January 25-27.
With regards to denim trade show Bluezone and innovation hub Keyhouse, an alternative scenario will be realized: both formats will skip the January show and move forward to 3-4 May 2022 on the Zenith grounds in Munich.
According to Munich Fabric Start, the factors for this major decision are various realistic scenarios which need to be considered to occur within the coming weeks: a new lockdown in Germany with a possible event ban imposed at very short notice, further restrictions on events and additional travel restrictions.
“As a trade show organizer, we bear a very far-reaching social responsibility in addition to the big economic risk. The current developments are gradually taking the basis for our actions: we currently have neither room for manoeuvre nor planning security. This is why we, with a very heavy heart, have no other option but to cancel the next Munich Fabric Start. At the same time, we see a great opportunity to offer the denim and innovation segment a physical platform on the Zenith grounds in Munich from 3-4 May 2022. This opportunity arises from the unique seasonal rhythm of the denim and innovation segment. With currently more than 90 premium denim mills, we are in a strong position and are very pleased with the enormous response," says Sebastian Klinder, managing director, Munich Fabric Start.
As for Bluezone and Keyhouse, both events will go live in May with a new concept as well as an extended stand-alone show format. The organizers will use the upcoming months for the creation of a “unique blue show with side events” at the Zenith grounds to celebrate an industry reunion in May 2022.