Integrated Systems Events, creator of Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), the largest AV and systems integration show in the world, has announced that ISE 2021 will be postponed until June 2021.
Integrated Systems Events has announced that ISE 2021 will now take place in June next year, moving from the initial date of 2 – 5 February 2021. It has also launched a new digital offering which will run throughout the year.
The new dates will be confirmed at a later date. The decision comes as a result of the changes caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
ISE moves to June 2021
Integrated Systems Events has also announced the launch of RISE Digital. This is a regular programme of content as well as virtual networking opportunities. It will run throughout the year in addition to supporting the live event.
“We’ve been monitoring the conditions in Europe since the beginning of this year and have worked hard on your behalf to balance health and safety concerns with the need for commerce and F2F interaction,” says a statement from Integrated Systems Events.
“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.”
Health and safety a priority
“The health and safety of our team, exhibiting companies, industry partners and attendees is our number one priority,” said Mike Blackman, Managing Director, Integrated Systems Events.
“Given the understandable concerns among all of our stakeholders regarding coronavirus, and the uncertainty regarding travel restrictions and country lockdowns, we have concluded it is not prudent to maintain our original schedule of an in-person February 2021 trade show.
“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. We feel by moving the event to June, it provides time for the industry to adapt and restore balance. We look forward to hosting the global AV community in our new home in Barcelona.”
Fira de Barcelona Chairman, Pau Relat, says: “From Fira de Barcelona we highly value ISE’s strong commitment to Barcelona and, in moments as complex as the current ones, the decision to postpone the event for a few months in order to ensure the best possible edition with the largest international participation of companies and visitors, will be very positive both for attendees and for the city.
“We will keep on working together to ensure that a leading event such as the ISE has a great first edition in its new home in Barcelona in 2021.”
A show to remember
David Labuskes, CEO, AVIXA says: “AVIXA is proud to be a partner with CEDIA in delivering ISE to the audiovisual industry each year. We fully support ISE’s decision to postpone the first show in Barcelona until June 2021.
“This isn’t a trivial undertaking and has thousands of moving parts, but in making this decision, ISE reaffirms their commitment to the health of all those who participate in these events from the taxi cab driver to the exhibitor teams. And all of those same people will be even more committed to be a part of the extravaganza that ISE promises to be.”
Tabatha O’Connor, CEO, CEDIA adds: “We are eager to gather as a community once again at ISE 2021, the decision to postpone was made after careful and thorough consideration.
“We know moving the show to June will provide the time and resource needed to ensure the show is both safe to attend and can deliver on the exceptional experience that ISE is known for, fostering opportunities to learn, discover, and be inspired by the technology that is driving our industry forward.”
The ISE team has extended its thanks to all stakeholders, including exhibitors, sponsors, visitors, media partners, contractors, and the team at FIRA Barcelona for their continued support.
Earlier this year, ISE held a successful final event in Amsterdam before moving to its new home in Barcelona in 2021.