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Moscow, Bologna, Easter(Posted: 13-04-2012)
Moscow, Bologna, Easter. Another busy few weeks.
The Licensing@Russia event in Moscow certainly seems to have stirred up some feeling in the industry. I think some want to take the plunge and get involved but something’s holding them back. In my opinion, this event will continue and will grow whether the wider licensing industry embraces it or not. This is a potentially huge market.
The event itself was not without its flaws, but it passed off successfully enough for a first time effort, and most of the exhibitors were happy with the contacts they had made. I tried to make contact with some of the licensees and distributors in the accompanying toy and stationery halls, but on occasions had a slight problem with the language barrier!
Moscow in March was bloody cold. After taking a couple of photos in Red Square it was glove back on time to try and get the feeling back in the trigger finger. You could tell the temperature was quite low by the small tents pitched ON the river near the exhibition centre with people sitting inside them ice fishing! Nowhere have I seen so many dirty cars – although washing them would be a waste of time with all the snow and sludge.
To move on to Bologna the next week was heaven – real spring-like temperatures and sunshine; shirt-sleeves outside well into the evening. Once again, the Italian licensing industry was very well represented here, with the additional bonus of plenty of interested traffic from the children’s book fair. Despite the problems with the economy, licensing here seems to be holding up pretty well. Pizza and pasta never tasted so good.
Not so many licensed easter eggs in my house this year, but I think that’s a reflection on my kids getting older rather than what was available! They seem to prefer money to chocolate nowadays.
If you’re at the London Book Fair next week do pop by and say hello. We’re on stand #A556.
Previous Blog entries
A month of trade shows!
Happy New Year!
Viva Las Vegas!!
Moscow, Bologna, Easter
Where did February go?
Hong Kong and the merry-go-round begins
Welcome to 2012
The Seoul Character & Licensing Fair comes to town
Vegas is hot, hot, hot!
Welcome to 2011. The treadmill starts!
Around the world in licensing events
Brand Licensing Europe delivers for us again
Summer's over so bring on the Licensing Awards
Seoul, kids at the show and kimchi
Las Vegas and all its (licensed) temptations
Easter eggs and volcanic ash
We're Northern Light Fund Quiz winners!
New Hungary show makes it's debut in cold Budapest
March heralds another month of madness
2010 finally arrives, and the new Guide is here!
Brand Licensing Europe delivers again
The Licensing Awards in London
Seoul hosts Korea's Character & Licensing Fair
Las Vegas welcomes Licensing International 2009
Vegas here we come!
Brits on tour in Prague!
STOP PRESS: England closes because of snow!
A Special Delivery before Burns Night
Dubai and Christmas drinks
The joys of Brand Licensing
Exhibiting at the National Incentive Show
Greetings from Mexico!
French motorways, sun, sea and sand
Action Man and the good old days
Hot and sticky Hong Kong
Brits on tour in New York