According to the decision of the German Chancellor and the heads of the federal and state governments on October 28, 2020, the BDSM & FETISH FAIR Passion 2020 cannot take place in Hamburg from November 13 – 15, 2020.
In the resolution it says “institutions and facilities that are assigned to leisure activities will be closed. These include….b. trade fairs…“. This regulation is valid for the entire November 2020.
In the Corona Ordinance of the City of Hamburg in the version in force since 01.09.2020, trade fairs were seen and regulated as trading places. This corresponds to the self-image of the trade fair venues. “This is where the world acts!” is, for example, a motto of one of the major German trade fair centers. Therefore we had built on the fact that this common classification will last. We were prepared, as were many companies from the industries now affected again, to invest in the necessary infection prevention measures and to enforce the applicable rules for the protection of visitors, despite lower revenues. The hygiene concept was an integral part of the approval of the Passion by the responsible authorities. At our trade fair obscene at the beginning of March, we were able to enforce the regulations, which only came into force a week before, in such a way that there were no objections whatsoever during an inspection by the health authorities and police.
This renewed shutdown can become a knock-down for many companies in the affected industries!
What does the cancellation mean for visitors who have already bought a ticket? We will inform everyone about the further procedure in a roundmail. There are the following two alternatives:
(a) If you want, the ticket fee will be refunded. The tickets are numbered consecutively as a basis of settlement for the tax office and VAT has been paid on tickets already purchased. Therefore, the tickets must be returned to us for a refund of the entrance fee, indicating the account number or the PayPal address to which the amount is to be refunded. We still have to clarify with the tax consultant how the transaction with the tax office will be handled in detail. Afterwards the amount will be refunded.
(b) The tickets are valid for the visit of the obscene 2021 or the Passion 2021, so you can keep the tickets and use them for a visit in 2021. They will then be validated there when you visit the fair.
If you bought a ticket for the Passion Night or a combination ticket, you can choose one of the two alternatives:
– You will get the money for the tickets refunded after sending the numbered tickets (analogous to the fair ticket).
– You can alternatively exchange the tickets for the Passion Night 2021 or for the Passion Night and the Passion Night in the coming year. Please inform us in a short reply mail if you choose this alternative. Since Passion Night 2021 might be sold out, you will be registered and have your ticket secured before the ticket sales start. In this case, please keep the unvalidated tickets for an exchange.
Like every organizer, we have not only invested a lot of working time in the preparation of Passion 2020, but have also already spent a large part of our expenses for the show. For a trade show organizer, a cancellation means more than the loss of one month’s revenue. We are therefore pleased to welcome everyone who uses their ticket for Passion 2020 as a valid ticket for one of our two fairs in 2021.