23 November 2020
ANGERS, France: The organisers of France’s leading agricultural trade show SIVAL have decided to cancel their 2021 show, scheduled for January 12-14 in Angers, France.
Now that much of Europe is struggling with a second wave of coronavirus cases, Christophe Béchu, the Mayor of Angers, and Bruno Dupont, President of the SIVAL have decided that the 2021 edition of the SIVAL should not be take place, and that the show should be postponed until 2022.
Béchu says that it is necessary to be responsible, when faced with the current health situation and with regard to the region’s flagship event, the SIVAL, a show that is recognised for its quality, its conviviality and its efficiency. “We are facing an unprecedented health crisis, and each of us should behave in a careful and thoughtful manner. The decision to postpone the SIVAL until 2022 is the only one that meets our obligation of responsibility and professionalism with regard to the partners, exhibitors and visitors of the show. I fully understand the impact of this cancellation on the sector’s members, those involved in tourism and the organisation of events, and I deeply regret it. I would like to thank Bruno Dupont, the Destination Angers teams, and those who have been carrying out preparations for the show over the last few months, and look forward to welcoming them all in January 2022 for an edition that will hopefully be a resounding success for all those involved.”
While the SIVAL looked as though it was going to be sold out within a few weeks of its opening, the show has now been obliged to abandon the prospect of welcoming visitors and exhibitors in January. “It is heart-breaking to imagine the month of January without the SIVAL, an occasion that provides a unique opportunity for discussion and business for all the professionals in the sector ,” says Sival President Bruno Dupont. “The health situation has forced us to make the decision to postpone the show until 2022. Even without the show, we are committed to being present online in order to provide the opportunity for expression and diffusion throughout the vegetable production sector.”
Show organiser Destination Angers is working on a series of online rendez vous throughout the year, which without replacing the show, will serve as a catalyst for innovation and address the challenges and trends in the field of agriculture.
The SIVAL looks forward to welcoming the sector’s members from the 11th to the13th January 2022 at the Parc des Expositions in Angers.
Last year, more than 26,000 visitors made their way to SIVAL. The record-breaking attendance numbers constituted a major turning point for the show, that saw its show floor increase by 4,000m2 in 2020. The 3-day event hosted 700+ exhibitors from home and abroad.
The new extension coupled with a new look layout enabled the SIVAL show to reaffirm its position as the leader in events dedicated to the whole of the specialist plant production, horticultural and wine production sectors, as well as market gardening, tree production, and seed production.