Craft Focus - October/November 2022 (Issue 93)

23 SHOWS & EVENTS  This season’s most unmissable events Toy Fair 2023 sells out! The British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA) is delighted to announce that Toy Fair 2023 has sold out four months ahead of the show opening, with all exhibition spaces including the Greenhouse, now with waiting lists. The prestigious annual show, which is back for its 69th year, is taking place from the 24th-26th January, 2023 at Olympia London. With 250 exhibiting companies in attendance, occupying the Grand and National halls on both levels, the toy industry is gearing up for one of the busiest shows to date! After another successful show earlier this year, the BTHA is delighted with the number of re-bookings for 2023 as well as a significant number of new applications. The show will be welcoming exhibitors from large renowned brands, through to mid-size and smaller innovative start-ups, many of which can be found in the popular Greenhouse in the Grand Hall. Names joining the ranks for Toy Fair 2023 include Hasbro, Moose Toys, LEGO, Basic Fun!, Dolu, Funko, Kidicraft, Rubies Masquerade, Rainbow Designs Ltd, Mood Bears, Juratoys UK Ltd, PLAYMOBIL, Magformers, movies inc, John Adams Leisure Limited, among many others. The full floorplan and exhibitor list can be found on the Toy Fair website. Any companies interested in joining the waiting list are encouraged to get in touch via email with: Director of Fairs & Special Events, Majen Immink said; “The momentum and excitement we’ve seen for Toy Fair 2023 is just fantastic. The fact that the show has sold out already and 89 per cent of exhibition space has been booked by returnees after a successful 2022 showcase, following the hiatus in 2021, speaks volumes as to the strength of the toy industry and the importance of the fair to participants. We recognise the continued challenges the industry is facing and are thankful to all our exhibitors for the continued support. We look forward to working with exhibitors and supporting them in the run up to the event and making Toy Fair 2023 a show to remember!” Follow Toy Fair on Instagram and Twitter @toyfairuk for more updates. Shows, news & events Diary dates Harrogate Christmas & Gift Fair 15th-18th January, 2023 Harrogate Convention Centre Toy Fair 24th-26th January, 2023 Olympia, London Christmasworld 3rd-7th February, 2023 Messe Frankfurt, Germany Creativeworld 4th-7th February, 2023 Messe Frankfurt, Germany Spring Fair 5th-8th February, 2023 NEC, Birmingham CHSI Stitches 19th-20th February, 2023 NEC, Birmingham h+h Cologne 31st March – 2nd April, 2023 Koelnmesse, Cologne New dates for h+h After concluding a very successful premiere of h+h americas last month with 2,000 attendees and 198 exhibitors, Koelnmesse Inc. has announced the show dates for their follow-up event next year are set for 21st-23rd June, 2023 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention & Conference Center in Rosemont. “After carefully listening to our audience, we’ve decided to extend our event to three full show days and to include hobby, arts and crafts supplies to the existing handicraft category. We strongly believe that retailers, crafters and makers will profit from this unified platform that inspires DIY activities and provides a starting point for the new ordering season,” said Mette Petersen, President, and Managing Director of Koelnmesse Inc. “Rosemont was actually one of the first exhibiting centers in the US that offered Crafting shows in the ’80s, so in a way, we are going full circle by bringing that segment back next year. The new categories will range from materials for painting, gluing, modeling, kneading, and decorating to high-quality papers and paints, easels, brushes, and graphics accessories. Our guiding principle is to provide a valuable and meaningful event for buyers and sellers on the show floor and in our conference rooms. We also aim to integrate the entire creative DIY community under one roof,” added Darrin Stern, Show Manager of h+h americas. h+h americas will again create various steering committees for planning the next event and is looking for creative minds from the industry to represent their views. For those interested, please contact Darrin Stern