2010 IFEA World Festival & Event City Award Recipients

title2010 IFEA World Festival & Event City Award

 

“Recognizing the best in community leadership
and festival and event partnerships around the world.”

 

The International Festivals & Events Association announced and recognized the 2010 recipients of the inaugural “IFEA World Festival & Event City” award during the 55th Annual IFEA Convention & Expo in Saint Louis, Missouri, United States on September 16th, 2010.

 

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Click Here to view photos of the recipients receiving their 2010 IFEA World Festival & Event City Award

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The IFEA would like to congratulate all of our 2010 IFEA World Festival & Event City Award Recipients.  

 

Population Level:  Under 100,000

Taupo - New Zealand - Judges Selection for Most Outstanding Global Entry

The Lake Taupo district of New Zealand is heralded as the country’s festival and event capital and, it’s no secret why, when you take a close look at the portfolio of events hosted in the district.  Sport, art, music and culture all feature in a carefully crafted annual schedule. All festivals and events occur under a watchful eye ensuring the guiding principles of reputation, quality, balance and relationships are not only observed but are breathed, along with passion, into each and every one.

Click Here to view Taupo, New Zealand Website
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Hidalgo - Texas, United States - (Top North American City for the population category)
Located on right on the U.S. – Mexico border in a region which year after year leads the nation in unemployment and percentage of low to moderate income families,  Hidalgo deserves this recognition because of its people!  Producing festivals and events that have been nationally and internationally recognized, the hundreds of community volunteers that take great pride and a “can do” attitude are the ones that keep these events growing, no matter what happens around them.  Great people banding together with a common mission to make Hidalgo the beautiful place it is and it is this unity in spirit that makes Hidalgo an IFEA World Festival and Event City!

Click Here to view Hidalgo, Texas, U.S.A. Website

 

Geumsan-gun - Chungcheongnam-do, Korea  - (Top Asian City for the population category)
 

Geumsan-gun, located in the south of Chungcheongnam-do Province is the largest producer of ginseng in Korea.  Most known for the Geumsan Insam (Ginseng) Festival, now in its 30th year, Geumsan has been historically recognized for their good quality ginseng and takes more than 80 percent of ginseng distribution within Korea.  Additional festivals within the region include the Silk Town Mountain Cherry Blossom Festival; the Geumgan Folk Festival and the Jangdong Moon Festival.

Click Here to view Geumsan-gun, Korea Website

 

Population Level:  100,000 to 500,000

Edinburgh - Scotland - Judges Selection for Most Outstanding Global Entry

Beyond the dramatic contours of Scotland’s capital, beyond its historic buildings and streets and its innovative new architecture, beyond its awe-inspiring landscapes, this city plays year-round host to something remarkable – the Edinburgh Festivals. There is a real sense of magic in the transforming power that a truly great festival brings to a city.  The intensity of that magic in Edinburgh is not from one festival, but twelve.

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Norfolk - Virginia, United States (Top North American City for the population category)

The City of Norfolk is special for so many reasons beyond its well-known history, maritime heritage and commitment to all branches of the United States military including serving as the home port of the United States Navy. At the center of Norfolk’s uniqueness are the Festivals that have become the city’s identity and a way of life for the Hampton Roads Region. Festivals and the positive energy these special events have created is why so many people have chosen Norfolk as their favorite place to visit and live!

Click Here to view Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A. Website

 

Jinju-si - Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea (Top Asian City for the population category - tie)

Jinju is a hub city in the South Gyeongsang Provice of South Korea. From old times, Jinju was a fountainhead of national culture and spirit. As a city that has held 1,000-year-old historical heritage of the ancient city, Jinju has been well renowned as a home of patriotic spirit, education, culture and art. Many cultural events are held throughout the year in Jinju including: Jinju Namgang Lantern Festival; the Nongae Festival; the Korean Drama Festival; the Gaecheon Arts Festival; the Jinjue Non-gae Festival; the International Yudeung Festival of Namgang and the Jinju National Bullfighting Contest.

Click Here to view Jinju-si, Korea Website

 

Boryeong-si - Chungcheongnam-do, Korea (Top Asian City for the population category - tie)

Boryeong, commonly known as Daecheon, located in the South Chungcheong Province of South Korea along the coast of the Yellow Sea, takes pride in its spectacular mountain scenery, abundance of beaches and its natural resources.  Once renowned for its amazing agriculture, today Boryeong takes advantage of its most commonly known resource. Mud!  Touted for its cosmetic properties, Boryeong is most known for its annual Boryeong Mud Festival held every July. Attracting 2 million visitors each year from all over the world during the annual nine-day event, the town of Boryeong has turned its ocean mud flats into a tourism bonanza.

Click Here to view Boryeong-si, Korea Website

 

Population Level: 500,000 to 1 Million

Rotterdam - The Netherlands - Judges Selection for Most Outstanding Global Entry

Rotterdam is known as THE event city in the Netherlands. Every year small and large events attract hundreds of thousands of local residents and visitors from inside the Netherlands and abroad.  Rotterdam has a rich festival tradition that is part of the DNA of the city and its citizens. The festivals are rooted in the city and connected with the character, history and culture of the city. With the festivals we celebrate our identity.

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Ottawa - Ontario, Canada (Top North American City for the population category)

Ottawa is host to approximately 200 festivals, special events and fairs every year. In addition to internationally recognized events, large regional events and national celebrations that are key tourism and economic generators, Ottawa is also home to a countless number of community events that help build community and enhance our quality of life. The list of festivals that take place in Ottawa demonstrates the diversity of those that live here. We celebrate everything from music, food and sport to agriculture, ideas and helping others. We celebrate our unique cultures and our national pride.

Click Here to view Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Website

 

Population Level: Over 1 Million

Sydney - New South Wales, Australia - Judges Selection for Most Outstanding Global Entry

Festivals and events in Sydney showcase the expertise, facilities, creativity and energy which make it a world class city, day in, day out.  Sydney is a vibrant international city.  Its globally recognized creative, cultural and sporting life is reflected in large festivals and events which fill its many stadia, streets, theatres, galleries, parks, harbor and performance spaces.

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Click Here to view City Video. 

 

Louisville - Kentucky, United States (Top North American City for the population category)

Louisville, Kentucky provides a supportive environment for a wide variety of festivals and special events throughout the year. Many of which are festivals with longstanding roots in the community, in addition to several new events that have been warmly embraced by the local residents and visitors in recent years. The city’s governmental leadership, along with a strong base of professional and volunteer guidance, has helped these events thrive, both economically and culturally. Louisville is a city that enjoys celebrating its unique heritage and the many special events that entertain hundreds of thousands of people every year.

Click Here to view Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A. Website

 

Salvador - Bahia, Brasil (Top Latin America City for the population category)

The largest city on the northeast coast of Brasil and the capital of the Northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, Salvador is best known for its street carnival – a 6 day non-stop party and the biggest display of popular Brazilian culture.  With 25 km of city streets filled with the more than 2 million people per day, party goers dance and have fun alongside the 200+ groups participating in the parade.  With such a diverse group of performers such as trip groups, afro groups, afoxes, transvestite groups, kid’s groups, native Indian groups and percussion in addition to the 7,000 artists making up the bands, percussion and orchestras,  carnival in Salvador is a contagious and unique party experience, where the crowd gets together to celebrate happiness.

Click Here to view Salvador - Bahia, Brasil website.

 

 

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