ISE 2021 moved to June 1-4, organisers plan online component

ISE 2021 has been postponed till June. The sprawling pro AV show was scheduled to make its Spanish debut, at the Fira de Barcelona exhibition space, February 2-5, but ongoing uncertainties regarding the pandemic have made those original dates untenable.

ISE 2021 will now take place June 1-4 2021, along with a virtual component. RISE Digital will offer a programme of content and networking events, and  support the physical show.

“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. 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,” says said Mike Blackman, Managing Director, Integrated Systems Events.

“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, adds :“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.”

In related news, the organisers of CES, set for January 2021, have confirmed that next year’s tech expo will be an online only event.