Event Organizers Celebrate Success of Cersaie 2018
Ceramic tile was the best-represented sector at Cersaie 2019, followed by bathroom furnishings.
Organizers of Cersaie 2018 recently announced that the five-day show registered a total of 112,104 visitors, 0.4% more than in 2017. The number of international visitors grew by 1.6% to 54,025, while Italian visitor attendance fell slightly (0.6%) to 58,079, equivalent to a 51.8% share of the total.
The 161,000-sq-m exhibition space was sold out several months in advance, despite the availability of an additional 5,000 sq m in new halls. A total of 840 exhibitors took part, including 314 non-Italian companies (more than one-third of the total) from 40 different countries. Ceramic tile was the best-represented sector (452 companies), followed by bathroom furnishings (181 exhibitors).
The Europa Auditorium was reportedly packed to capacity with an audience of 1,800 for the Keynote Lecture given by Pritzker Prize laureate Richard Rogers as part of the Building, Dwelling, Thinking program. All of the cultural events held in the Architecture Gallery were strongly attended, including a conversation between the two master architects Mario Botta and Guido Canali.
Cersaie for Students attracted the participation of more than 3,100 high school and university students, who took part in meetings on ceramic design. The lesson in reverse given by photographer Silvia Camporesi was attended by an audience of more than 1,000 students.
The partnership with Bologna Design Week, now in its fourth year, offered a packed program of evening events in the city of Bologna, centered around the headquarters in Palazzo Isolani. These events proved a big success with visitors to Cersaie and will be further developed in the coming years.
Cersaie 2019 will be held September 23-27 in Bologna, Italy. For more information, visit www.cersaie.com/en.