Exhibition News - March 2019

We take a brief, cross-industry look at some of the most interesting developments within UK trade shows and events in March 2019

A much needed and long awaited green light for investment into Olympia London. 

Anyone who has been involved with organising or attending trade shows in London for the last 5-10 years will have witnessed the closure of one of London's event  venues, Earl's Court and the subsequent pressures being placed upon it's smaller neighbour, Olympia.  At the end of January 2019, confirmation was finally given of a £1BN investment into the area which will create jobs and a new cultural hub for the West of London and hopefully transform accessibility into this amazing and iconic exhibition venue. -

Read the full story on Olympia London's page - https://olympia.london/news/green-light-£1bn-olympia-london-plans

Olympia London 

Plans for 2 new World Class Concert Venues planned for London

Hot on the heels of the January announcement by The Barbican for their £288M Concert Hall, backed by the City of London,  Frank Gehry, the architect behind the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, has prepared early designs for a new concert hall in Wimbledon.  Supporters of the Arts believe that these new venues could be as transformative to classical music as the Tate Modern was for the visual arts.  Both existing major London concert halls, Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, are considered ill-equipped by many in the classical music community, with conductor Simon Rattle famously once commenting: “After rehearsing for half an hour in the Royal Festival Hall, you lose the will to live.” 




London On Water Boat Show has been relaunched as London Yacht Show

In late January, it was announced that the On Water Boat Show was to be rebranded as the London Yacht Show with Sunseeker and Princess recently joining the list of  10 exhibitors set to attend the event in May.   The original OWBS event was acquired by Informa in 2018 and will now be run in partnership with British Marine who announced last May that the London Boat show would not be returning in 2019.  Informa have pedigree in this market as they also run the successful Monaco and Miami Yacht shows and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat show. yacht


 Barbican Centre switches to 100% renewable for its electricity supply.

As part of an ongoing drive to maintain the Barbican’s status as a leading sustainable and environmentally conscious venue, all electricity consumed is now renewable.

The switch, which took place in the last quarter of 2018, was part of a wider City of London Corporation initiative to improve sustainability across the City Corporation through the introduction of a 100% renewable electricity policy and sourcing strategy.

 The Barbican has been a strong proponent and supporter of all things sustainable for many years,”  the Barbican’s Head of Event Management, Lee Dobson said. “We have won many awards over the years for our activity in this area and are delighted to have again been recognised for the environmental measures we are implementing.”


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