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h + h cologne

Location: Germany , Köln
Organizer: Koelnmesse GmbH

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H+h Cologne will take place in 2023 as a face-to-face event. Between the 31st of March and the 2nd of April 2023, the event will take place in Messe Cologne. The trade fair will not have a strict Covid-19 prevention plan in place. This is due to the Bundestag removing the country's pandemic-related restrictions.

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Founded in 1979, the h+h Cologne is a premier trade fair for hobby supplies and creative handicrafts. It is where the handicraft sector gathers to show their creativity. This includes showcasing new handcrafting methods, the latest trends, and others. The event takes place on an annual basis at Messe Cologne and is among Cologne’s leading events. 

Business Profile of the Event

H+h Cologne is a trade show that gathers in one location many handicraft professionals. Such include providers of home textiles and tapestry. It also gathers providers of sewing yarns and sewing & craft storage containers. Attendants furthermore include sewing baskets or knitting machine yarns suppliers. Knitting & crocheting yarns, haberdashery, and crafts kit manufacturers also attend. H+h Cologne is additionally where retail specialists or wholesale department stores meet. Mail-order businesses, schools, and various associations likewise attend. Attendants of the fair can meet notable companies such as Adjustoform Products Ltd.

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H+h Cologne is a fair that can help handicraft professionals in networking. Furthermore, they can learn about the latest trends and developments in the sector. Additionally, the fair provides ample opportunities for generating valuable leads and gaining recognition. 

H+H Cologne has an extensive event programme that can help attendees in achieving goals. Among them is the comprehensive exhibition where over 400 exhibitors showcase their products. This includes home textiles, yarns, and tapestry. It additionally features sewing, knitting, crocheting tools, haberdashery and other products. To make finding a particular product easier, the exhibition features 4 theme worlds. These are Go Global, Go Business, Go Green and Go Trendy.

Go Trendy is the location for finding the latest DIY and sewing trends. It is also where professionals can order products from the exhibiting manufacturers. The zone showcases textile design innovations, new materials, needlework techniques, and fashion trends. The showcased trends and products include blazers, dresses, bags, and other textile articles. Fashion trends that receive mention include trending cuts, colours, and fabrics. Go Trendy is a platform suitable for both leading and start-up manufacturers. This is due to the area allowing them to gain recognition. Additionally, attendees can gain inspiration for the creation of new products. 

Go Business is another theme world that forms the core of the exhibition. It is the location where attendants can expand their specialist knowledge. The theme world features both a detailed sub-exhibition and sub-event programme. This includes workshops, lectures, and networking sub-events. The workshops provide valuable information on various topics, such as social media marketing. This allows attendees to learn new techniques and transfer their experience to others. The workshops and panel discussions within Go Business often feature leading industry experts. These include manufacturers, suppliers, and bloggers. Each speaker discusses details about knitting, crochet, quilting, embroidery, and others. 

The Go Global zone features the showcasing of products made by international manufacturers. It is also where such professionals discuss topics such as ecological production. The event allows such professionals to expand towards new markets. The Go Green theme world is the zone where attendees can find sustainable products. This includes organic products, natural textiles, recycled yarns, and GOTS certified wool. The zone also includes an upcycling area where attendants can learn valuable ideas. 

Besides the exhibition, h+h Cologne also includes events such as “My lovely living room”. This is an event where leading experts discuss business strategies. The support program also includes many catwalk shows and special displays. 

H+h Cologne is an international fair that is a must-attend by professionals such as:

  • Providers of:
    • Home Textiles
    • Tapestry
    • Sewing Yarns
    • Sewing & Craft Storage Containers
    • Sewing baskets
    • Knitting & Crocheting Yarns Knitting Machine Yarns
    • Haberdashery
    • Craft Kits
  • Retailers
  • Wholesale Department Stores
  • Mail Order Businesses
  • Associations 
  • School

Start-ups can look forward to several events in the support programme of h+h Cologne. Among them are the exhibition and its 4 theme worlds, the catwalk shows as well as the Talksofa event. 

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Invest in your business trip with hotel accommodation selected for your specific need. Travel 2 Fairs Ltd works with you to send you hotels in Cologne with an ideal location and price tag. This allows you to select the hotel offers that work best for you. Such as placing you near Messe Cologne for a quicker commute. We have long worked with large groups, so you can query for parties of twenty people and more. The entire registration process takes up to a day, and you leave all details to us. Also, Travel 2 Fairs ltd assists with logistics as well. You can request a rent-a-car or an airport transfer in both directions, whether it is private or shared.


H+h Cologne is an annual fair organised by Koelnmesse GmbH for 3 days at Messe Cologne. Visitors can attend the event between 9 am to 6 pm or between 9 am and 5 pm. Exhibitors can attend between 8 am to 6 pm or between 8 am to 7 pm. 

Messe Cologne is a venue that is easy to reach. This is due to the public transport lines that connect it to the central railway station and airport. For example, by metro, you can access the messe from Cologne-Bonn Airport in 21 minutes. Likewise, by bus, you will reach the venue in 11 minutes when travelling from the central railway station. 

Cologne is among Germany’s most popular tourist cities and large metropolises. It has an extensive public transport system that consists of bus, train, taxi, and metro lines. The public transport network links all districts. It also has intercity links that connect it to Bonn and Berlin. Travelling by public transport from one district tends to save time. For example, from the Bonn-Cologne Airport, you will reach the city centre in 15 minutes by bus. Likewise, the distance between the Old City district and the Hohenberg district is a 30-minute bus ride. 

Visitors can find a broad range of dining and accommodation options in Cologne. Such include apartments, hostels, hotels, and guest houses. Eateries feature options such as bistros, bars, diners, restaurants, clubs, and supermarkets. Several Cologne districts are popular resting and dining locations. Among them are Deutz, the Old Town and the Belgian Quarter.

Audience and Statistics

H+h Cologne is an international fair that receives over 12,000 attendees. For example, its 2018 edition featured over 400 exhibitors and around 16,000 visitors. Over 75 countries attend the fair, including Germany, Greece, Spain, and Italy. Other nations that attend are India, Denmark, the UK, and China. Turkey, Peru, Uruguay, South Africa, France, the USA, and Australia also attend. Attendees represent numerous industries at the fair. Among them are textiles, fabrics, and textile/clothing machinery.

Past Iterations

H+h Cologne 2022

The 2022 edition of the event was held in a hybrid format. The in-person aspect of the event was available alongside the digital h+h [email protected] The programme for h+h [email protected] featured panel discussions and workshops. This included the Talksofa where experts provided information on needlework topics. The platform also included the option to exchange information via chats and Q&As. The in-person aspect of the event as available between 18.03.2022 and 20.03.2022 at Messe Cologne. The digital platform that accompanied the live trade fair was initiated between these dates and remained available until 30.06.2022. During this time, the 150 exhibitors from 30 countries that attended the event could continue presenting their latest wares. The edition furthermore received 4,500 visitors from 49 countries.


Exhibiting companies from 43 countries


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Visitors from 80 countries

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