LightFair International cancelled for 2020

(US) – The show, originally due to take place 3-7 May, has been cancelled until 2021.

Organisers of LightFair International have announced that the show, originally due to take place in Las Vegas this May, has been cancelled for 2020.

The show, co-organised by IALD, IES and International Market Centers (IMC) had initially been postponed until “late summer or early fall” due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, but has since been cancelled altogether.

The next LightFair will now take place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York in May 2021, coinciding with New York Design Week.

“Since its inception 31 years ago, LightFair has represented a true collaboration and symbiotic partnership between IALD, IES and its managing partner,” said Dan Darby, show director. “The feedback we received from IALD, IES, exhibitors and attendees is that a trde show and conference in 2020 during the available summer dates are not feasible.

“The overwhelming response is a desire to preserve resources to invest in an even stronger 2021 event. We are embracing that counsel and will present the preferred marketplace for commercial and architectural lighting and the most comprehensive training for lighting design and technology professionals again next year in New York.”

Timothy Licitra, IES Executive Director, added: “The decision to cancel LightFair 2020 was not easy to make. While a cancellation is a serious development that weighs heavily upon us and significantly impacts our partners, we believe that this is what is best for the industry.

“Our focus is now on making LightFair 2021 the best event for all participants, while allowing our industry to focus its attention on navigating the uncertainty this crisis has created.”

“Cancelling the reimagined LightFair 2020 is a difficult decision we must make as responsible leaders who care about the preservation of the lighting industry,” continued Marsha Turner, IALD CEO. “Now, we eagerly anticipate LightFair 2021 in New York, and are delighted to have secured our return to Las Vegas in 2022.”

Plans are currently underway to present some elements of the 2020 show, including the conference and the 2020 LightFair Innovation Awards, in an online format.