(May 29, 2020) 2020 is proving to be a grim landscape for home theater and stereo associated events. Just four months shy of its normal September opening, CEDIA has announced its annual home theater Expo is being canceled in favor of a virtual experience.
According to CEDIA’s leadership team, multiple COVID-19 related factors have forced the cancelation. In a letter released to media and stakeholders, CEDIA explained: “Due to recent developments beyond our control, we made the difficult decision to officially cancel CEDIA Expo 2020, which had been scheduled for September 8-12, 2020 in Denver, CO. This is due to developments regarding COVID-19 including, but not limited to, the current status of the Colorado Convention Center as a medical care facility for non-emergency cases related to COVID-19; the latest federal measures, including guidelines on the phased reopening of the U.S. economy; the declaration by the WHO of COVID-19 as a pandemic; the number of confirmed cases worldwide and domestically; current quarantines, containment areas, stay at home orders, and restrictions on congregating and large gatherings imposed by states and other government and public health authorities; and the various company-imposed travel restrictions on employees affecting attendees and participating companies. Maintaining the health and safety of each of our customers, partners, and employees remains paramount to us.”
This was to be CEDIA’s second year at the Colorado Convention Center; next year's Expo is scheduled to move to Indianapolis, IN (September 1-3, 2021).
In place of this year’s live event, CEDIA is preparing to launch a Virtual Experience. This Experience will serve as a platform for residential installers to network, attend session panels, learn about new products, listen to keynotes, and enjoy an interactive expo hall.