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The SIAO, one of the largest fairs for African crafts which is held every 2 years in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, will not take place because of the Covid-19. The announcement of the cancellation of this year's edition was made on July 24. </p><div> <p>We can no longer count the events canceled around the world because of the <strong>coronavirus</strong>. This year the <strong>SIAO 2020 - 16th edition</strong> was scheduled for late October-early November, like every 2 years. But, pandemic requires, the appointment had to be canceled.
The organizers of the Ouagadougou international craft fair have resolved to cancel one of the biggest artistic and cultural events in Africa. The Director General of SIAO, Dramane Tou, mentioned “ the still worrying evolution ” of the Covid-19 epidemic to explain this decision.
Second cancellation due to a health crisis
The event is a important showcases for the hundreds of thousands of artisans in Burkina Faso, as well as those who come from other countries to exhibit their creations and who hope to find buyers. This year, the organization was counting on the presence of 3,000 exhibitors and 300 professional buyers in Ouagadougou.
They will have to wait maybe another 2 years to get to the Burkinabè capital. But the organization has not yet indicated the dates of the next show. Created in 1984, the meeting had already been canceled for the first time in 2014, due to another health crisis. At the time, it was the Ebola epidemic which then hit West Africa.