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To Our IFEA Industry Friends:

Following more than a year of unprecedented global impact by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, on our own industry and many others, we are beginning to see new signs of hope and positivity in many global regions, although others are still in the heat of the pandemic. Until everyone is protected and vaccinated, and global travel can resume safely across all borders, there are still many challenges to be faced, support to be provided, and creative new directions to be explored together.

All that noted, as we look ahead to the future, we understand that recovery for our industry will take time. The analogy of a ‘dimmer switch’ versus a ‘light switch’ is a good one. Nice weather and the removal of masks by the limited percentage of those who have been fully vaccinated are not the panacea for all of our challenges. Staffs must be rebuilt; financial reserves must be replenished; new health and safety considerations (and their related impact on both revenues and expenses) must be taken into account; the limited availability and/or rising costs of mandatory/essential insurance coverages, products, services, and volunteers must be considered and planned for; government support is still being sought and waited on to offset future risk and replace current losses; travel restrictions - impacting attendees, performers and others - must be planned for; and the ability to require proof of vaccinations and/or negative testing results continue to vary widely across state, province and country borders, as well as selected venues. And above all, short-term risk must be balanced in favor of long-term financial health and sustainability.

Through surveys to access the current realities for our members and industry; consideration of all of the above; communications with other allied partners; and the reality/impact of many postponed 2021 events moving to the later quarters of the year; we have made the difficult decision not to hold our annual IFEA Convention, Expo and Retreat presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance, and our 2021 Awards Programs, with an eye on protecting the overall health and sustainability of our own organization, as well as all those in our global industry.

That decision noted, we do plan a continued and very full schedule of on-line education; professional networking; professional certification; and a plethora of invaluable benefits and resources in the months ahead. View more about those and the full Convention announcement here.

Our continued thanks go out to those exhibitors who have continued to stand beside us through the pandemic's many challenges and who have extended their commitment to the next live Expo event. We invite you to learn more about all they have to offer in our Virtual Trade Show link below.

Connect With Buyers

The IFEA Expo is the top trade show in our industry for bringing together the creative products, services and solutions of our exhibitors, with the leadership and decision makers who call the shots for festivals and events around the world. It's a highly valuable opportunity for face-to-face exposure and interaction with festival and event executives who are seriously looking for new ideas, products and services that will enhance their events and success.

Top Reasons to Exhibit

  • Build Brand Familiarity & Recall
  • Reach Key Decision-Makers in Your Target Market
  • Showcase New Products or Services
  • Add to Your Professional Network
  • Gain Industry Insights & Inspiration

Top Reasons Participants Attend

  • To experience new products and services
  • To compare products and services
  • To help make purchasing decisions
  • To keep up on trends and technologies
  • To receive purchase discounts and incentives

What Exhibitors are Saying

IFEA has proven to us, in a very short period of time, to be the best marketing tool, with our new business, to reach the festival and event market -- hands down!
- Todd Hoffman, Your-Type

"One of the best run trade shows! From start to finish, it was a pleasure to work with wonderful people."
Carol Flemming, Carol Flemming Costume Design

"Personal relationships are the most important key to good business. You can buy mailing lists; you can't buy friendships. And the most valuable personal relationships are best built face-to-face. For 64 years the IFEA has been bringing our industry together face-to-face."

- Pete Van de Putte, CFEE, dfest

"IFEA was such a wonderful experience and led to many great connections."

- Chelsey Panchot, Up with People

Branding Beyond the Booth

Position your message in front of festival and event professionals in a resource they look to on a regular basis -- ie: the business of international events magazine. ie is published quarterly and ads are available in a variety of sizes and frequencies to meet almost any budget. Get all the details in our 2021 Advertising and Marketing Brochure and check out our current issue here!

Looking for long-lasting impact? Create a closer connection with convention participants and IFEA audiences year-round with an IFEA sponsorship! Contact Kaye Campbell for availability and details.


Have a question or looking for additional information? Please contact:

Kaye Campbell, CFEE
Director of Partnerships & Programs
phone: +1 208.433.0950 ext. 8150
email: kaye@ifea.com
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