Showtime moved to June
HIGH POINT, North Carolina – In response to the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the International Textile Alliance (ITA) has moved the dates of its upcoming spring edition of its Showtime Market to coincide and overlap the recently revised dates of the High Point Market. It will now be held from 12 to 16 June 2020.
The spring edition of the High Point Market will now be held from 12 to 14 June 2020 – two days shorter than its normal run.
“In an effort to support our industry, community and stakeholders, ITA and its board of directors has decided to move the date of our spring Showtime market to coincide with the new High Point Market dates,” explained Kelly DiFoggio, ITA president and director of sales and marketing for Yarn & Loom.
“Our main concern is the health and wellbeing of attendees and the High Point/Triad community and our decision reflects an effort to simplify travel and participation for attendees of both of these markets,” she continued, adding, “Our new dates of June 12-16 include three days of overlap with the revised High Point Market and two additional days afterward.”
Showtime, which focuses on the introduction of textiles for the furniture industry, was originally scheduled to be held from 17 to 20 May.
ITA member showrooms will be available by appointment during these new dates for the spring Showtime market and temporary exhibitors will also be on display as usual.
In a statement, the association said it reserves the right to change this decision and reschedule the event again depending on the state of the pandemic, promising to communicate any changes immediately.
Other industry event news
The organisers of NeoCon, the contract furniture and furnishings market held at The Mart in Chicago, has been cancelled for 2020. The next edition of the show will be held from 14 to 16 June 2021.
Meanwhile, the International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) announced that both Casual Market Chicago and the ICFA Preview Show will be held as planned. Both are also set be held at The Mart in Chicago.
The preview show is planned for 14 to 16 July with the main Casual Market Chicago is set to go from 22 to 25 September.
However, ICFA chairman Joe Pucci said in a statement that if the pandemic forces the schedule to be changed or update, the association will announce its intentions before 15 May.