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We Turn 10, Symposium Theme, and More!

2009 was quite the year: Nadal beat Federer in his first Australian Open Final, it was the Year of the Gorilla, and the first ever Australian Event Awards was staged. Ten years on, we’re heartened to see the calibre of entrants, finalists, winners, judges and partners going from strength to strength, reflecting the industry as a whole.

To kick off our 10th birthday we’ve got much excitement to announce for the Awards and Symposium in 2018! Entries will open on 13 June – in the meantime find out more about what’s in store this year:

  1. New Headline and Event Categories
  2. Symposium: The Skill's the Limit - Enriching Events
  3. What Else is New?
  4. New Partnership Opportunities
  5. The P.A. People - A busy year of events already!

New Headline and Event Categories

We humans can't seem to stop discussing whether size really matters. The Event Awards judges always have and always will take size into account in judging entries, so the smallest can compete with the biggest events on a level playing field. This won't change, but this year we shine a spotlight specifically on the industry's pint-sized players. We've introduced two new categories to the Awards - Best Small Event, and the headliner Small Event Management Company of the Year - so we can make a big deal about your small event or small events business.

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Symposium: The Skill's the Limit - Enriching Events

This year the Australian Event Symposium invites you to make the sky the limit by opening your mind to expert ideas from beyond the events industry whilst building tangible events skills with real takeaways. Workshop streams will zone your attention in on events practice, giving you skills and strategies you can apply directly to your events. Groundbreakers from beyond the events industry will lead engaging Masterclasses - see how wisdom, strategy and creativity from other domains can keep your events work innovative and inventive.

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What Else is New?

We've also refined some of the existing categories, such as Best Achievement in Event Education or Training, which is now open to events that include notable training programs as part of their planning or execution, so they can be recognised for their contribution to industry skills development. Entries will close later this year, meaning those with events right at the end of June have more time to wrap up and get their entries written. We've also raised the bar for state finalists, and redesigned the Symposium program to ramp up to the Awards Night.

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New Partnership Opportunities

Are you keen to increase the exposure of your brand with a sense of prestige, innovation and excellence? Want to be seen as one of the best of the best across the entire events industry? This year a range of new partnership opportunities with the Australian Event Awards and Symposium is up for grabs. New categories are available for naming rights, you can showcase your product or service to key industry players, or look at aligning with education and skills-building through the Symposium. This year will be big - contact us for more information on partnership.

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The P.A. People - A busy year of events already!

Our project delivery partner for event communications, The P.A. People, have been key in supporting a variety of national and international events this year, including the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix Melbourne, St Kilda Festival, Australia Day Sydney, Nitro Circus, and various NRL and cricket test matches. The team kept the communications systems running at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games, and their expertise has again been enlisted by The City of Sydney for the New Year's Eve fireworks communications.

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