Director of the Amsterdam Dance Event at Talkfest'19. Iberian Festival Awards applications end o

The TALKFEST - International Music Festivals Forum announces today the first keynote speaker for the main section (conferences) - Mariana Sanchotene, the current director of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) which is the largest European clubbing festival held annually in Amsterdam.

In past editions we have received the best testimonies from established festivals such as Roskilde, Sziget, Exist, Glastonbury, Wacken Open Air or Primavera Sound (Spain) and now we want with this confirmation a truly inspiration for an evolving area in the Portuguese context (the eletronic and all music types, with new events and concepts announced each year) through the presentation of the ADE case study.

Mariana has more than 20 years of experience in licensing and implementation of major events and worked with many companies like: ID & T, Stage Entertainment or Cirque du Soleil.

The 4th edition of the Iberian Festival Awards, included in Talkfest, will take place on March 13rd in Vigo. The Teatro Afundación will thus receive a gala composed by 22 categories + 1 excellence award interspersed by six live acts. The event represents the unique recognition of Iberian stakeholders in Festivals area - iberian winners, national winners, finalists and non-winners needs to be together in the same space to create more synergies. There will be an afterparty with open bar for all the presents.

1. Who can apply?

Depending on the category in question, can apply for the 4th edition: Iberian music festivals, festivals with another artistic disciplines, festivities, performers at festivals, service providers, brands and media partners presents at festivals in the year 2018. Each category (taking the Excellence Award and Best Lusophone and Hispanic Festival) will have an Iberian and a national winner.

2. Which categories are in competition, who wins and who decides the winners?

  • Best Major Festival (PT / ES festivals)

  • Best Medium-Sized Festival (festivals PT / ES | public)

  • Best Small Festival (festivals PT / ES | public)

  • Best Touristic Promotion (festivals PT / ES | public)

  • Best New Festival (festivals PT / ES | public)

  • Best Line-up (festivals PT / ES | public)

  • Best Indoor Festival (festivals PT / ES | public )

  • Best Cultural Program (festivals PT / ES | jury)

  • Best Communication (festivals PT / ES | jury)

  • Best Hosting and Reception (festivals PT / ES | jury)

  • Best Infrastructure (festivals PT / ES | jury)

  • Contribution to Sustainability (festivals PT / ES | jury)

  • Best Lusophone and Hispanic Festival (lusophone and hispanic festivals | public)

  • Best Academic Festival (academic festivals PT / ES | public)

  • Best Non Music Festival (artistic festivals PT / ES | public)

  • Best Festivity (festivities PT / ES | public)

  • Best Service Provider (PT / ES | jury)

  • Best Brand Activation (brands PT / ES | jury)

  • Best Use of Technology (brands PT / ES | jury)

  • Best Media Partner (media partners PT / ES | public)

  • Best Live Performance (PT / ES) (artists PT / ES | public)

  • Best Live Performance (Int.) (artists Int. / public)

  • Excellence Award (jury nomination and Aporfest)

The description of these categories and previous winners can be seen on the Iberian Festival Awards menu.

3. Deadlines?

Applications can be made on the official website until Friday at 23:59 (Continental Portugal time). See the specific regulation and form.

APORFEST - Portuguese Music Festivals Association provides again free access to all its members in both events (all modalities with valid quota in its occurrence). Be part of it and make the difference with your audience and stakeholders!

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