The Australian Event Awards & Symposium will go ahead as planned later this year after extensive consultation from the wider events community.
“We have received a considerable amount of feedback that supports the recognition of our achievements as an industry over the past year and believes it will keep a positive momentum moving through the community during this difficult period,” the organisers said in a statement.
“It is in this spirit that we will be delivering the Australian Event Awards 2020.”
The Australian Event Awards 2020 will be staged at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on October 21.
“We really hope we will be able to do this, and we are excited to bring the Awards to Adelaide, if we can,” the organisers said.
“However, given the current climate, we cannot be certain that an awards night as usual will be possible. In the case that it isn’t, we will recognise the achievements of our industry and community by offering an online celebration of our winners. No matter the circumstances, we are absolutely certain that Winners will be announced and trophies will be given away.”
Entries will open on April 29 to all events and achievements that have taken place between 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020. This includes those events and achievements that have had to adapt due to the covid-19 restrictions. For the first time, events delivered online will be eligible to enter the Event Awards.
“We have made multiple key changes to the Awards 2020 following feedback from the industry and to support our industry where we can,” the organisers said.
“We have created a guided entry form to help you best address the things that the judges want to see in your entry, simplified the entry process and reduced entry costs for businesses across the industry.
“We have also improved the judging process by appointing leading experts in public events, corporate events, event services and event management to lead the judges through the judging process and review the finalists.”
The Australian Event Symposium will be staged on October 20–21 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide.