The 38 nominees for Best Event at the 2019 Australian Event Awards have been announced.
Among the finalists, the country’s biggest and best festivals of music, art, culture and sport sit alongside business and corporate events and industry achievements.
This year, Perth Festival (WA), Santos Tour Down Under 2018 (SA), Vivid Sydney 2018 (NSW), Invictus Games (NSW) and Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2019 (VIC) have all gained finalist spots.
In the business events space, finalists include IBM Think Summit 2019 (NSW), Salesforce World Tour 2019 (NSW) and the Brisbane Truck Show 2019 (QLD).
In the Achievement categories, finalists include Illuminart Productions for their work on Yabarra – Gathering of Light 2019, Jack Morton Worldwide for their work on Samsung Infinite Experience at Optus Kickstart 2019 and Laservision for their work on ‘The Wave’ at Reem Central Park, UAE during 2018/2019.
Brenda LaPorte, co-chair of the Judging Panel, said all the finalists are to be congratulated for their achievements.
“From small events that draw together communities in regional towns to events that deliver marketing benefits to some of the biggest brands in the world, the finalists in this year’s awards have made a massive contribution socially, economically and environmentally,” she said.
Individual and company award categories include finalists nominated by a broad group of organisations including David Atkins Enterpises, GPJ Australia, Belle Laide Events and cievents.
Peter Rix, co-chair of the Judging Panel, said the skill, determination and innovation displayed by all the finalists is remarkable.
“They are to be congratulated for not being content to rest on their professional laurels, but for pushing the boundaries of achievement and looking for new and more spectacular ways to put on their respective shows,” he said.
“The Australian Events industry has been a world-leader for many years now and this year’s achievements demonstrate why.”
Winners of the Australian Event Awards will be announced at Perth’s Optus Stadium on Wednesday 18 September.
See the full list of Finalists here.