Byron Bay Bluesfest wins at the Australian Event Awards

Surfer Rosa client Byron Bay Bluesfest has been announced as the national winner of Best Regional Event at the Australian Event Awards on Wednesday evening at a lavish ceremony on the Sunshine Coast.

Bluesfest’s status as Australia’s Best Regional Event marks it out as one of the best events held in Australia in 2015-16.

“Bluesfest reinforces Byron Bay’s reputation for arts and creativity, showcases its spectacular beauty, inspires and draws visitors from around the globe and creates jobs in the region ever year,” said Surfer Rosa Communications Director Russell Mills.

‘It’s an outstanding music festival that we are proud to work with “It’s hugely rewarding to have prepared the submission that helped Bluesfest win, but ultimately it’s the quality of the event that has been recognised once again at the Australian Event Awards.”

Co-chair of the independent industry judging panel which selects the winners, Sandy Hollway, former CEO of the 2000 Olympic Games, said:

“The strength of all entries in their year’s Event Awards is a testament to the winners announced last night. Winners this year have shown an impressive ability to bring creative, engaging concepts to life, and to surmount constraints and obstacles to deliver incredible experiences to attendees at a vast array of public and private events both in Australia and overseas.”

Speaking at the awards night, Festival Manager Annika Oman said, “It’s a huge honour to win this award category.”

‘We’re so proud to be part of the fabric of the Northern Rivers region, a place well known for tourism, arts and creative industries, festivals and community participation. We were also thrilled to include Boomerang Festival in Bluesfest 2016 presenting song, dance and stories of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and first nations cultures.’

‘The most amazing thing for us each year is being able to bring world-class music, art and culture to such an amazing regional community.”

The Australian Event Awards recognise the most outstanding events in Australia and achievements in the industry around the world. In other significant wins, South Australia was announced Best Events State for the second year running.

The Awards aim to highlight the incredible work being produced by Australian event professionals, which places the nation’s industry amongst the best in the world, and to shine a light on the must-attend events for the Australian public.

The next Byron Bay Bluesfest will be held over the Easter weekend from 13-17 April 2017

747 Lands At Burning Man Festival


As festivals go, Burning Man is unparalleled and uncompromising in its vision. This year’s festival, currently underway at Black Rock City in the Nevada desert features a hollowed out 747 jet as a mobile nightclub, music and art space. ‘Passengers’ will be asked what  baggage they need to lose before being issued with an emotional baggage tag.

The landing went smoothly apparently, although reactions have been mixed.

Some think its out of place to simply ship a big machine into a festival where a lot of the art is built on site, others were underwhelmed to find that its not the entire jumbo jet (apparently there are plans for that at future festivals if all goes well).

We think recycling one of the enduring symbols of global mobility in this way is a pretty innovative intersection of art and travel. Burning Man is  reportedly expanding to Europe with a Burning Man festival in the Netherlands in 2017 (although the website appears to be still under construction). Other music festivals have already chartered and themed flights to and from the events. With more airlines buying new aircraft, they’ll be decommissioning older planes to jet graveyards, so this opens up many creative collaboration in travel, events and the arts.

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