LBF shifts dates to June 29 to July 1 as it aims to bring publishing industry back to London’s Olympia.
The London Book Fair will take place from June 29 to July 1 at London’s Olympia, with the aim of bringing the publishing industry together in person for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19.
LBF – which was originally scheduled for March 2021 – has been moved to June to provide the best possible opportunity of creating a live event where the publishing industry can reconnect and do business.
Taking place at Olympia, the LBF organisers are working closely with the venue to ensure a safe event environment that meets the needs of visitors and exhibitors. A number of health, hygiene and safety measures have been developed and these will be reviewed and implemented as the event approaches.
“Large-scale events in the UK are subject to ever-changing national and local guidelines and regulations,” commented Andy Ventris, director of LBF. “We have made the decision to move LBF to June 2021 to create the best opportunity of hosting a live event. “Given the dynamic nature of the pandemic we will continue to closely monitor the situation, and if the current outlook changes will make a final decision on the live event’s feasibility by the end of March 2021 at the very latest. We want to give all our partners, exhibitors and visitors this date to work towards, as we appreciate how much planning and resource goes into preparation for a trade fair of this scale.
“We thank the publishing community for its ongoing support and we look forward to meeting again in 2021.”