The top performing event for the NTMEC was Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2022 in Alice Springs, which took home six awards – platinum and best overall event in Australia and Oceania, gold in the outdoor event, public event, local solution event and positive change event global categories and silver in the cultural event global category.
Darwin music festival BASSINTHEGRASS received bronze awards in the global festival category and the Australian/Oceania category while the Darwin Triple Crown Supercars Indigenous Round also notched up two bronze awards in the global cultural event and positive change event categories. Both BASSINTHEGRASS and the Supercars event are organised by NTMEC.
“It’s fantastic to see Territory events receiving well-deserved international recognition. The awards are also testament to the hard work put in by the NTMEC team, and the businesses who help them deliver these events,” said NTMEC CEO Suzanna Bishop.
“We are constantly striving to increase value to the Northern Territory through the events we deliver, not only by providing amazing experiences to attract more visitors and maximise economic benefits, but by helping to promote change, inclusivity and community cohesion.”
Late last year Parrtjima also took home Best Community Event at the Australian Event Awards, while BASSINTHEGRASS won Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event.
AGB Events, who initially created Parrtjima for the Northern Territory Major Events Company, took home three awards of their own from Eventex this year, winning a gold for ELEVATE Sydney 2023 in the global outdoor event category, a silver in the global public event category for Noël Sydney 2022 and a gold in the Australia/Oceania category for Noël Sydney.
Overall, there were 761 entries from 49 countries for the Eventex Awards in 2023. Eighty-three judges were on board to evaluate the submissions including the likes of Sherrif Karamat, president and CEO of PCMA, Tahira Endean, head of events at SITE Global and Kai Hattendorf, managing director and CEO of UFI.