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Trade shows can be a fantastic way to get your work noticed, expand your professional network, research the market and secure clients. Whether you are looking to walk a show, or exhibit at one our handy calendar can help you plan ahead!


MIID_WEBSITE_SHOWTIME_HEADER_580X210PX_LRHere’s a helpful list of up-coming industry shows and events…


Screen Shot 2016-11-23 at 15.15.57Paperworld – Frankfurt, Germany

28 – 31 January 2017

Paperworld is the international trade fair for paper, office supplies and stationery products. Here you’ll find all the industry’s latest trends and a unique diversity of products and ideas from major brand manufacturers, international newcomers and many others.

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MIID_EVENTS_SPRINGFAIR_200PX_LRSpring Fair International – NEC, Birmingham, UK

5 – 9 February 2017

Spring Fair is the UK’s No.1 trade show for gift and home, welcoming over 2,500 exhibitors and more than 60,000 visitors through the doors over the course of 5 days. Connecting people and products for 40 years, Spring Fair attracts a purchase power of £2.4 billion. It’s a must-see for buyers across independents, multiples, e-Commerce and more.

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MIID_EVENTS_CHSI_200PX_LRCraft, Hobby & Stitch – NEC, Birmingham, UK

19 – 21 February 2017

CHSI continues to lead the industry as Europe’s largest and most influential dedicated trade show for the art, craft, needlecraft and hobby sector. Over 300 suppliers from across the globe will be coming together to showcase exciting new products and innovations from the creative industries.

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Screen Shot 2016-11-23 at 15.15.39The London Print Design Show – The Business Design Centre, London, UK

28 – 29 March 2017

The London Print Design Fair showcases a unique offer of print design, embroidery, knit and vintage design to London. At the October 2016 edition, the show attracted more than 40 international studios all presenting their latest collections under one roof.

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MIID_EVENTS_TEXFUSION_200PX_LRTEXFUSION – The Business Design Centre, London, UK

28 – 29 March 2017

TEXFUSION is the first trade fair within the UK catering exclusively for international fashion fabrics and accessories, home textiles, functional fabrics and garment manufacturers.

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MIID_EVENTS_COMOCREA_200PX_LRComocrea – Cernobbio – Villa Erba, Italy

3 – 4 April 2017

Comocrea is a textile design / home furnishing design show. It encourages the export of textile designs by its member studios. Comocrea brings out the prestige of the textile sector; a fusion of the traditional, cultural and artistic part of Como with the innovative spirit experienced in the world of textile designers.

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MIID_EVENTS_DESIGNBLOC_200PX_LRDesign Bloc 230 Fifth Avenue, New York, USA

5 – 6 April 2017

DesignBLOC is a boutique show that brings together 21 of the top home interior design studios from around the world. A show for designers by designers, our aim is to have a diversified offering of different hands for textile manufacturers, distributors and retailers.
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MIID_EVENTS_LONDONSHOWSTATIONERY_200PX_LRLondon Stationery Show – Business Design Centre, London, UK

25 – 26 April 2017

The London Stationery Show is a 2 day stationery fest at the stylish Business Design Centre, in Islington, London where you will always find something new. If you buy or sell writing and paper products, or are thinking of doing so, this is the exhibition for you.
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MIID_EVENTS_PERFORMANCEDAYS_200PX_LRPerformance Days – MTC World of Fashion, Munich, Germany

26 – 27 April 2017

Performance Days is labelled as the place to be for sourcing functional fabrics and accessories. The latest trends and innovations in the functional fabric industry are on display by more than 130 top quality exhibitors from 22 nations. Visit the website for more details.

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MIID_EVENTS_DENIM_200PX_LRDenim Première Vision – Paris Event Center, France

26 – 27 April 2017

Denim Première Vision invites you to discover the best in premium denim, the latest innovations, and never before seen developments. It’s an essential meeting point and source of inspiration for denim industry players.

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MIID_EVENTS_PULSE_200PX_LRPulse – Olympia, London, UK

14 – 16 May 2017

The definitive event for trend-leading giftware, modern living and retail insight. They have searched high and low to bring you the finest edit of unseen brands from the UK and overseas and work with the most forward-thinking trend experts so that you can shop the next-season trends at the summer’s largest design-led retail event.

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MIID_EVENTS_BLUEPRINT_200PX_LRBlue Print – 404 10th Avenue, NYC, 10001, USA

18 – 23 May 2017

Blue Print brings together a fantastic collection of studios and designers that are producing a print show by themselves for their clients. The boutique type feel of this show is created by keeping the number of exhibitors low to give visiting clients the opportunity to visit all of the studios in a relaxed, fun environment.

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MIID_EVENTS_SURTEX_200PX_LRSurtex – Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, USA

21 – 23 May 2017

Art Licensing for Designers, Manufacturers, and Retailers. Surtex is the global B2B marketplace for sourcing original art & design—where artists, art agents, licensing agencies and licensors connect with manufacturers and retailers to create the next best-selling products in every category imaginable.

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MIID_EVENTS_NATIONALSTATIONERYSHOW_200PX_LRNational Stationery Show – Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, USA

21 – 24 May 2017

The NSS is the place to discover the best stationery products! See, touch and feel products that are fresh, unique and fit the designs your customers want. Easily find and source new products from 800 exhibiting companies, showcasing complete, new collections across a wide range of categories.

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MIID_EVENTS_LASVEGASLICENSINGEXPO_200PX_LRLicensing Expo -Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, USA

23 – 25 May 2017

Licensing Expo has connected the world’s most influential entertainment, character, fashion, art and corporate brand owners and agents with consumer goods manufacturers, licensees and retailers. This is the meeting place for the global licensing industry.

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MIID_EVENTS_CLERKENWELL_200PX_LRClerkenwell Design Week- various locations in Clerkenwell, London , UK

23 – 25 May 2017

Clerkenwell Design Week is a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.

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MIID_EVENTS_PROGRESSIVEGREETINGS_200PX_LRProgressive Greetings Live – Business Design Centre, London, UK

6 – 7 June 2017

Progressive Greetings Live is the UK’s only trade exhibition dedicated to the greeting card industry. This two day show features thousands of new designs from over 250 exhibitors. A focused, compact show, it is the ideal place to source fresh product and find exciting new publishers and artists.

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MIID_EVENTS_SHOWTIME_200PX_LRShowtime ITMA Market – North Carolina, USA

2017 Dates TBA

ITMA Showtime Market is labelled as the largest dedicated home textiles show in the United States. Showtime is renowned in the upholstery and decorative coverings market as offering the largest selection of textiles, leather and trimmings.

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MIID_EVENTS_NEWDESIGNERS_200PX_LRNew Designers (Part 1) – Business Design Centre, London, UK

28 June – 1 July 2017

Find Make it in Design on stand A6!

New Designers is one of the leading UK graduate / emerging designer exhibitions. Part 1 showcases work in; textiles and fashion, costume design, jewellery & precious metalwork, ceramics and glass and contemporary design crafts.

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MIID_EVENTS_NEWDESIGNERS_200PX_LRNew Designers (Part 2) – Business Design Centre, London, UK

5 – 8 July 2017

Part 2 of this leading UK graduate / emerging designer exhibition showcases work in; furniture, product & industrial design, spatial design, graphic design, illustration, animation, motion and digital arts.

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MIID_EVENTS_HOME&GIFT_200PX_LRHome and Gift – Harrogate, UK

16 – 19 July 2017

Trade only. Home and Gift is the seasonal round-up of design-led and everyday gifts, homewares, jewellery and fashion accessories and greetings and stationery. This event enables businesses to have the first pick of tens of thousands of new season lines and over 300 exclusive ranges, from over 1000 exhibitors.

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MIID_EVENTS_PRINTSOURCE_200PX_LRPrintsource – Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, USA

August 2017 Date TBA

Printsource is the Premier Market for Surface and Textile Design in the USA. Printsource showcases hundreds of collections by international surface and textile design studios and agents. It’s the main resource for surface and textile design for America’s major manufacturers and retailers.

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