The Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) has announced the opening of registrations for Goafest 2008. All one needs to do is log on to aaaindia.org to register and download the form. The Festival kicks off on April 3 with an ‘Industry Conclave’ where the who’s who of advertising and media would reflect and debate issues and challenges facing the industry. The Media Awards would be presented on April 4, while the Abby at Goafest would be presented on April 5. Call for entries for Goafest 2008 would be announced shortly.
Madhukar Kamath, President AAAI, said, “Goafest is the national platform for the celebration of creativity in advertising. It gets bigger and better every year. Last year, nearly 2,300 delegates had attended, of which over 800 were under the age of 30. This year, we expect this number to increase substantially.”
Kamath further said, “Goafest 2008 will feature Abby, the premier award from Ad Club Bombay. The coming together of AAAI and Ad Club is a landmark event made possible by the desire of the entire industry to have one award and one glorious festival.”
Bhaskar Das, President, Ad Club Bombay, said, “The industry is witnessing challenging times for which we need to focus our priorities on doing things in a collaborative manner and not dissipate energy through frictional losses.”
Jagdip Bakshi, Chairman, Goafest 2008, said, “The objective is to present young professionals the opportunity to interact not just with Indian gurus but also meet international personalities well known in their respective fields.”
The efforts of the joint committee are paying off already, with an impressive list of guest speakers that include, Garrick Hamm, Creative Partner, Williams Murray Hamm; Donald Gunn; One Club’s Kevin Swanepoel; John Harlow, Founder of
Naked; Craig Davis, Worldwide Creative Chief of JWT; Scott Goodson, Founder & CEO, Strawberryfrog; and Stephen Gatfield, CEO, Lowe Worldwide.
“We are very close to confirming some more big names in advertising globally, and would share their details as soon as possible,” Bakshi added.