The London International Optics show (LIO), which was scheduled to be held next February in the new ExCel fairgrounds in London's Docklands, has been cancelled. Jason Kirk, the show's director, said the event would not take place due to a lack of commitment from exhibitors. Presented as a showcase for real designers, as opposed to licensed brands, the first LIO fair was held by Miller Freeman at a different venue in London in February 1999, but then Kirk bought the rights to the show. The exhibition had succeeded in terms of its concept, attracting international exhibitors and visitors, but it was let down by British opticians, who attended in small numbers. The British federation of manufacturing opticians is now considering setting up a designers' village at its Optrafair, which will be held at the NEC in Birmingham next Apr. 21-23.