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Following two long years of almost entirely digital encounters, the exhibition industry in Russia is going through a stabilisation stage.

Oct 1, 2021

Events are returning back offline, hybrid formats are seen more as a supportive tool or an alternative format of participation for those companies that can not enter the country due to the existing restrictions.

«Messe Frankfurt RUS had a September very rich and saturated with events: 5 exhibitions, several forums, conferences, numerous master-classes, contests and awards!! Dedicated to a significant range of markets, our trade fairs ran across 6 days and provided the expert knowledge and relevant connections to business communities of various industries.» - Eugen Alles, Managing Director.

The long awaited Interlight Russia | Intelligent building Russia 2021 was the very first exhibition to open a long list of September events!! Since 2019, international trade fair for lighting and building services technology has been moving towards the full implementation of the Light + Building concept in Russia, which reflects the evolution of the industry: the integration of lighting systems, building automation and security systems. 

For the first time the Festive Light Exposition, shop window design zone and outdoor lighting were located in the dark pavilion. 


Smart Cube trend zone demonstrated visitors how professional «smart home» technologies work: it was made as a real apartment, the whole trend zone was interactive.

The business programme of the trade fair involved the highest-level participants: government officials, manufacturing companies’ top managers, famous designers and architects.


On the very next day after the opening of Interlight Russia | Intelligent Building Russia, the 23rd edition of Heimtextil Russia 2021 gathered 13 692 industry professionals and 120 exhibitors from 14 countries at the exposition grounds of 7 400 square meters during a 3 day-event to see the latest developments and trends of the textile industry, discuss market conditions after the turbulent period and find new business opportunities.

In addition to the German national pavilion, other highlights of exposition were the pavilions of Turkey and Azerbaijan, visited by the high officials from the Embassy and Trade Mission.


For the 1st time! Conceptual zone of interior solutions – Trend Rooms, based on global Heimtextil trends and UN Sustainability goals developed together with textile decorators. Six rooms represented a part of humans’ life: Heritage, Childhood, Nature, Workshop, Tumbleweed and Alchemy. Textiles, wallpapers, paints and accessories support to reflect the vision of the world.


For the 1st time! The winners of the 1st International Award for textile designers and decorators in CIS were announced during the official ceremony onsite the show.  This contest has become a significant event for textile decoration professionals, incorporated 276 portfolios with more than 800 projects and was aimed at the following:

  • Raising the prestige of the textile decorator profession;
  • Supporting the talented designers and decorators on the national and international level;
  • Promoting innovative ideas in interior textile decoration;
  • Discovering new names and talents and identify the best in the profession;

Another qualitative breakthrough took place at Techtextil Russia 2021 - the most famous exhibition brand for technical textiles and nonwovens in Russia and worldwide. The Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry supported the event. General information partner is Business FM.

More than 100 companies from 11 countries, such as Belarus, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Turkey presented a full range of technical textile products, equipment for technical textile manufacturing, apparel equipment and printers for fabric printing. Over 4000 people visited the exhibition in three days.


Techtextil Academy fringe program included the conferences «Smart Fashion. Smart Workwear» and «Technology and recycling - Innovations in textile processing and recycling». Inventors, designers, business and science representatives met to discuss the latest achievements of technical textiles processing and recycling


Besides the fringe program, the visitors' attention was focused on the stand of innovations where Russian startups and large companies demonstrated their achievements in the field of smart protective clothing.


Another show that covered the industry of technologies and services for entertainment, integrated systems and creation Prolight + Sound NAMM Russia 2021 took place for the ninth time and gathered together 127 companies from 4 countries and 9 Russian regions. The number of visitors within 3 days reached 10 337 people. 

Indoor exposition and outdoor space including Concert sound arena were collocated with the intense business program. In addition to already known Theater Forum and technical tours the program included new events:

  • Monitor world offline: two techdays, covering the entire spectrum of professional sound equipment and technologies with real cases;
  • Streaming solutions conference. Online broadcasts: from streaming to big television;
  • Public talk: discussions and meetings with lighting designers.  

Exclusive business breakfast Sport facility: Light. Sound. Multimedia was organized for the participants of Prolight + Sound NAMM 2021 and Interlight Russia | Intelligent building Russia 2021. Exhibitors met with specialists, responsible for providing equipment for state, municipal and commercial sports facilities.

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International music festival NAMM Musikmesse Russia 2021 was held parallel to Prolight + Sound NAMM Russia.

A traditional three-day conference Muzzlab 3.0 consisted of lectures and master-classes on music management and sound engineering. 

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Each day musicians performed on Live Music Stage. Activities included Ethnosphere project led by pianist Sergei Filatov and country-folk singer Irina Surina, D'Addario Guitar Festival and annual drum competition Drummers United.

The general sponsor of the forum was Epson. Technical partners became MF-Group, Stagemarket, Sixty 82, Bose, Stagemarket, Ekranika, DB Power. General information partners were «Maximum» Radio and  

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At the same time the preparation of Salon du Chocolat™ Moscow 2021 is in full swing!

This is one and only event on the Russian market dedicated exclusively to the chocolate industry. The international exposition is formed by cocoa bean producing countries, suppliers of equipment, ingredients, packaging, accessories, as well as manufacturers of premium, artisan and bean-to-bar chocolate, chocolate and confectionery products, healthy food and snacks.

The event attracts both the business audience (importers, exporters, distributors, wholesalers, retail chains, representatives of hotels, restaurants, cafes, bakeries, pastry shops, corporate clients) and end chocolate consumers - gourmets inspired by the aesthetics and the most sophisticated flavors of this magical product.


This year the trade fair will be dedicated to the theme "Chocolate and Contemporary Art", which will allow recognizing manufacturing of chocolate not only as a technological process, but also as one of the forms of high art. It is in tune with the new venue of the fair - Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, where the main art life of the country is concentrated in its galleries, workshops, studios, educational projects.

In addition to the exposition of manufacturing companies daily business, educational and entertainment program, addressed both to the business audience and all chocolate lovers.

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