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Showcase 2022 Opens Today

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar speaking at the launch of Showcase 2022. Photo: Leon Farrell, Photocall Ireland.


Showcase 2022 looks set to be one of the most exciting events yet in the fair’s 46-year history with over 4,000 visitors expected over the course of the next four days - from both Ireland and overseas. With both established and emerging brands at the show, over €20 million in sales orders are expected over the next four days. The first in-person event to take place since the onset of the pandemic, the excitement at the opening of the show this morning was palpable as brands and buyers were eager to connect and to experience products in person again.

 

This year’s show includes various innovative interactive aspects including Showcase Connect, the new digital marketplace which allows buyers and exhibitors to connect, arrange meetings and follow up on orders. Also at the show is the new Maker’s Studio - an exciting new space at the RDS which will see demonstrations from craftspeople across a range of disciplines including multi-award-winning leather brand Úna Burke, Clarkes of Dublin, Shock of Grey and Wendy Louise Designs. The DCCI’s jewellery skills course will also be demonstrating.

 

Speaking at the event were Mary Palmer, Chair of Showcase Ireland, Leo Clancy, Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Ireland, Padraic McElwee, Chair of the Network of Local Enterprises, Rosemary Steen, Chief Executive, Design & Crafts Council Ireland and Andrew Bradley, Chair of Design & Crafts Council Ireland and Showcase Board Member.

 

Speaking at the launch of the show this morning, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said: “It’s really great to be here this morning and to see some of the incredible products on display. Irish designers and makers are known the world over for the quality and uniqueness of their creations. After two difficult years with a lot of disruption, I think we all appreciate our local creators more than ever and want to support them. This Showcase is a fantastic opportunity for the design and crafts sector to engage with both Irish and international buyers, opening up a huge audience for their goods. I wish every trader the very best of luck over the coming days.”

 

Mary Palmer, Chair of Showcase ® speaking at the launch of the event. Photo: Leon Farell, Photocall Ireland.


Speaking about the event,said that the event marks one of the most important events in the design and crafts sector’s calendar. “For many, this is their first trade show of the year, a chance to launch their new collections and secure orders for the year ahead,” she said. “Attracting buyers from Ireland and around the world, Showcase’s strength lies in its unique identity and high quality display of Irish design and crafts. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in Showcase 2022 - you are helping to support and grow our sector.”

 

Showcase is promoted internationally by Enterprise Ireland through its network of overseas offices. Speaking ahead of the opening event, Enterprise Ireland CEO Leo Clancy commented: “Enterprise Ireland is delighted to partner with the Design and Craft Council of Ireland on Showcase, a key event in the Irish retail calendar. Our network of international offices has engaged key international buyers from markets all over the world to source quality Irish knitwear, textiles, craft, jewellery and giftware. In 2020 consumer retail exports hit €1bn, an increase of 6% in what was an incredibly demanding year and we believe this sector has huge future potential for global growth.”

 

Tainiste Leo Varadkar and CEO of DCCI Rosemary Steen speaking to designer Una Burke at the Maker's Area on launch day 2022. Photo: Leon Farrell, Photocall Ireland.

Showcase is becoming even more important for Ireland’s micro-enterprises and new start-ups and the standard of products at Showcase coming through with support from the Local Enterprise Offices nationwide is noteworthy. according to. She said: “Local Enterprise Showcase hall as part of Showcase is a significant opportunity for small craft and design businesses from across the country to access trade buyers from Ireland and overseas,” said  Breda Fox, Head of Craft & Design, Local Enterprise Offices. “This experience is vital for our craft and design clients - particularly those who are starting out, in helping to build pipelines, contacts and understand how to sell and market their products.  Having a physical event is a huge boost for everyone so we are looking forward to welcoming our LEO clients to Showcase and all the buyers from Ireland and overseas.”

 

Showcase 2022 runs from today until Wednesday, 2nd March. If you can’t make it to Dublin for the show you can connect with brands and businesses at the show via Showcase Connect on our website or via the new Showcase Connect App which is available to download via Android and IOS




 

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