GoaFest 2009, the three-day advertising and media Festival, gets underway from April 2, 2009. An Industry Conclave will kick off the event, followed by two days of knowledge sessions and the Media and Creative Abbys, and of course the beach parties.
The list of sponsors at GoaFest 2009 comprises five Gold sponsors and a host of Silver sponsors. The five Gold sponsors include Discovery Channel, Videocon, SBI, Nirmal Lifestyle, and Aspen, while the Silver sponsors are UB Group, USL, PepsiCo, Airtel, Times Now, ET Now, Google, Aaj Tak, NDTV, Real TV, Hindustan Times, MT Educare, Zoom and IndianOil, among others.
Discovery Channel is sponsoring the ‘Discovery Channel Industry Leadership Conclave’, while Videocon is sponsoring the Creative Abby Awards. SBI is sponsoring the Knowledge and Learning seminars, while Aspen is sponsoring the Rain Dance, and Nirmal Lifestyle is sponsoring water sports.
In a prepared statement, Colvyn Harris, Chairman, GoaFest 2009, and CEO, JWT, said, “GoaFest has evolved into a multi-faceted convention for the advertising industry. This year, the GoaFest Committee has ensured that knowledge and learning takes precedence and we are confident that every individual in the field of advertising and marketing in India will not want to miss the opportunity to interact with such noteworthy international speakers. We are overwhelmed with the incredible response that we have received towards sponsorships and are grateful to our sponsors for their active support.”
Some of the key speakers at the knowledge and learning series at GoaFest 2009 include Sir John Hegarty, Chairman & Worldwide Creative Director, Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH); Dan Wieden, Founder, Wieden+Kennedy; Jean-Marie Dru, Chairman, TBWA; Sean Finnegan, President, Chief Digital Officer, Starcom MediaVest Group, and Neeraj Nayar, President, Contagious Communications, India.
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