28th Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017 - 2017 National Winner: Local Tickets Best Regional Event

Key Changes

1. Updated Categories

Following detailed feedback, our team collaborated closely with the Co-Chairs and Judges to rework the Awards categories to include virtual, hybrid and live events.

View the updated category list here.

2. Acknowledgement of Every Entrant

During October, we will showcase short highlights of every entrant and their accomplishments since 1 July 2020. These highlights will include an image or video of the event or achievement, accompanied by a short overview and recognition of a few of the individuals that were integral to the operation.

Each highlight will be published predominantly on our social media channels. Attention will also be drawn to the highlights through our e-newsletters to the database and our media partners. This means that National Finalists for 2021 will be announced just prior to the winner announcement instead of ahead of time, allowing the focus during October to be on every entrant.

3. Australian Event Industry Month

In 2021, we will strive to recognise the achievements and resilience of the industry. To do this, the month of October 2021 will become the ‘Australian Event Industry Month.’

The Australian Event Awards will participate in this initiative by highlighting every Awards entrant thereby showcasing the individuals and organisations in the industry and what they have been able to achieve despite Covid-19.

We would also like to invite the industry to participate in #AussieEventsMonth by asking anyone who is interested to reach out to us with thoughts and input on what other initiatives might be included.

“Australian Event Industry Month is a fantastic initiative, not just for the Event Awards but for the Australian Events community as a whole. I strongly urge everyone in the industry to find ways to participate in this concept and make October a month for the Industry to reflect and celebrate as one.” Brenda LaPorte, Co-Chair of the Judging Panel.

4. Entry Costs

In 2020, entry costs were reduced in order to recognise the difficulties facing the industry in the current climate. This year, entry costs will remain discounted for businesses across the industry. View the 2021 entry costs here.

5. Key Dates

See the full list of Key Dates here and make sure you put them in your diary to maximise your schedule and budget.

  • The P.A. People for their work on Baku 2015 European Games Opening & Closing Ceremonies
    2015 National Finalist - Best Technical Achievement or Innovation

  • Birdsville Big Red Bash
    2016 National Finalist - Best Regional Event and 2016 National Winner - Australia's Favourite Event

  • World Environment Day Festival 2017, Sunshine Coast Environment Council
    2017 National Finalist - Sold Out National Event Management Best Charity or Cause-Related Event

  • Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 2016
    2017 National Finalist - Norwest Productions Best Sporting Event

  • White Night Melbourne 2017
    2017 National Finalist - Coates Hire Best Community Event

  • Singers perform at the Queensland Air Museum as part of Sunshine Coast Destination Experience during the social program at the Event Awards and Symposium 2017.