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Our Plan for 2021

Key Changes2021 Categories

In March and April 2021, the Australian Event Awards Team reached out to the industry across the country for input about the Australian Event Awards for 2021, whether it should go ahead and what it should look like.

A wide range of judges, partners, past entrants, and wider members of the community provided their input. The resounding messages we received were:

  • The Event Awards should go ahead in 2021 as a show of strength and resilience of the Events Industry
  • There should be a substantial rework to reflect the nature of the changed industry
  • The Event Awards should recognise the struggles of the industry, the achievements and resilience of all players in surviving the challenges brought about by Covid-19
  • The Event Awards should strive to bring the industry together for consultation, collaboration and comradeship in whatever way is possible

It is in this spirit that the Australian Event Awards will go ahead in 2021, adapted to recognise and accommodate the transformations of the industry.

“The resounding support and encouragement that we received from the Industry was fantastic to see. We will strive to do whatever we can to acknowledge the resilience and accomplishments of our Industry.” Ian Steigrad, Managing Director of the Awards.

In 2021 we have made changes to the list of categories to reflect the Industry as it is in 2021, found ways to acknowledge all entrants (rather than just finalists) for their resilience, and created new initiatives such as ‘Australian Event Industry Month’ as a focal point for activities which highlight the industry’s strength and success.

Entries for 2021 are open now. Events (virtual, hybrid or live), technical triumphs, design, service, and organisational achievements from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 are able to enter the 2021 Awards.

“In 2020 we saw an impressive array of entries come through despite the effects of Covid-19. There is no doubt in my mind that the Event Awards 2021 will be even better.” Peter Rix AM, Co-Chair of the Judging Panel.

View Key Changes for 2021 here.

It is our intention to stage a single, live event in an Australian capital city towards the end of October. The Ceremony will serve to acknowledge every entrant who attends, recognise the finalists of each category and celebrate each winner.

However, given the uncertain times, should a live event not be possible, achievements will still be recognised in an online format and trophies will still be awarded.

“It’s a great achievement that we as an industry have been able to adapt to the changing times and we recognise that, for some, it has been an extremely difficult 12 months. We believe that the Australian Event Awards 2021 is an opportunity for the industry to band together, help each other, learn from others and celebrate our own.” Ian Steigrad, Managing Director of the Awards.

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