The Australian Event Awards have released the list of finalists and unveiled plans for a new format this year for the Awards Ceremony.
The list is comprised of the Best Events, Achievements, Companies, and Technologies to have occurred since 1 July 2019.
“The entries put forward for judging on average scored significantly higher than last year,” said Brenda LaPorte, co-chair of the Judging Panel.
“This is an incredible result knowing what the industry has been through in 2020. It clearly reflects the high quality of the events delivered across Australia and what we have to look forward to when our industry makes its comeback.”
Among the finalists in the business events category are AMP Amplify Digital Program 2020, Salesforce World Tour Reimagined 2020 and Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors Forum 2019.
This year the awards will be held simultaneously in capital cities across the country after what has been a “horror year for Aussie events”.
“We are determined to do anything we can to get everyone together to celebrate the great things that we have achieved prior-to and in some cases in-spite-of the effects of Covid-19,” said Ian Steigrad, the award’s managing director.
The largest celebration will be held in Sydney, with 150 people able to attend this live ceremony. A Sydney venue to be announced in the coming weeks. There are also satellite ceremonies already being planned for Brisbane and Perth in compliance with health orders in those states and organisers hope to bring other states on board in the next few weeks. Video link-up technology will be used to tie together individual ceremonies in most capital cities on October 21.
The Australian Event Symposium has been postponed until the industry begins to make a comeback.
“The aim of the events symposium is to teach and innovate new ideas for the industry,” said Steigrad.
“As we don’t know how long we will be living without Australian events we would rather plan a bigger and better Events Symposium for when the industry starts making a comeback.”