Are you thinking of expanding your business to Italy? Are you looking for Italian buyers, sellers, or for someone to represent your brand on the Italian market? The first thing you should do is look up trade shows for your industry. 2019 will be a hectic year for trade shows in Italy, and the calendar for the main national fairgrounds is still being compiled, but the dates are out for some of the most interesting events of the year. For instance, if you are in the business of natural wellness, art & design, wine or construction, you might want to save the date on these international trade shows.
The Italian trade shows you should watch out for in 2019
Natural Expo – Forlì – 15 – 17 February
This international trade show, that takes place in Forlì, has become a fixed appointment for that growing section of the Italian public that is passionate about natural wellness and cruelty-free, environmentally-aware lifestyles. From organic food to vegan cosmetics, from alternative energies to alternative medicine, Natural Expo covers all the bases when it comes to connecting producers and consumers under the wide umbrella of ethical wellness innovation. Many exhibitors don’t limit themselves to displaying their products on booths and giving out samples, but also organise workshops and shows, and build multi-sensory experiences for the visitors to explore. A whole section of the trade show will be dedicated to vegan products and vegan-friendly services, hosting workshops and book presentations. There will also be a special section dedicated to environmentally-conscious practices from all over the world, from traditional and organic agriculture to fair-trade commerce. The beauty&wellness section will give ample space to organic make-up products and cosmetics. The Eco-house section will focus on alternative and renewable energy and on the optimisation of domestic lifestyles in order to preserve natural resources while guaranteeing comfort and improving life quality.
MADE expo 2019 – Milan – 13 – 16 March
If design and construction are your bread and butter, then you should save the date and visit MADE Expo, one of the largest trade shows in the industry. The 2019 edition will be taking place in Milan from March 13th to 16th and feature some of the most interesting recent innovations in the fields of design, architecture and construction technologies. This trade show is not open to the public and it offers a rich programme of conferences, as well as four sections, each focusing on one aspect of the industry. It aims at creating opportunities for a fruitful encounter of offer and demand, as well as recording the state of the art in matters of innovative and experimental technological solutions. Visit MADE Expo to meet designers, buyers, contractors, distributors and developers from all over the world, as well as to launch your product on the design & architecture market. The 2019 edition will also feature an international contest in which dozens of international architect studies will present their grandest projects and select firms among the exhibitors to provide materials and technologies to complete them.
Miart 2019 – Milan – 5 – 7 April
2019 is going to be a great year for contemporary art in Italy. As well as the Venice Biennale, in March, there will be a new edition of Miart. Collectors, gallery owners, curators, artists and journalists will gather in Milan, to get a gage of the literal state of the literal art. This trade show offers a vast and complete perspective on contemporary art all over the world, with constant references to modern currents and an eye on the most innovative experimentations of the past year. Different sections of the event will be dedicated to different aspects of the art industry. The “Established Masters” section, for instance, features galleries exhibiting artworks dated 1999 or earlier, while the “Established Contemporary” section – as the name clearly states – is dedicated to galleries that focus on strictly contemporary artists and those who can be considered to be modern classics. As usual, plenty of attention will be devoted to young and emerging artists, with buyers and collectors scouring the scene for the next big thing, the next discovery that will revolutionise the art world.
Vinitaly 2019 – Verona – 7 – 10 April
If you are a fan of Italian wines, sorry, Vinitaly is not the place for you: this trade show is not open to the public. If, on the other hand, you are a fan of Italian wines as well as international wines, and you work in the field of F&B, wine production, restaurant management or catering, then welcome to Vinitaly 2019: you will have a fantastic time and meet all the movers and shakers of your industry. The expo area hosts a variety of events (many of which, unsurprisingly, are wine tastings). Throughout the year, Vinitaly organises roadshows and special events all over the world, but the Italian trade show is the most important and anticipated one. Last year’s edition counted 128K attendees from 143 Countries, 6% of which (about 32000) were buyers.