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2021 IFEA World Festival & Event City Award Program Moves to 2022

Thank you for your interest in the IFEA World Festival & Event City Award.We can’t thank you enough for your ongoing patience and support while we continue to navigate through this historic and incredibly challenging time for our world and the festivals and events industry. With the Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat, presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance moving to 2022, we have made the decision to move the IFEA World Festival & Event City Award Competition in the same direction.

The IFEA World Festival & Event City Award recognizes those cities and markets that have successfully provided an environment conducive to successful Festivals and Events. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, cities across the globe have gone above and beyond to not only support their Festival & Event community, but their entire community, more than ever. We absolutely want to recognize all the efforts that cities have made to support the Festivals & Events within their communities during this time, but we also understand that dedicated staff time and financial resources are not readily available to research and create entries for the 2021 IFEA World Festival & Event City Award as many have had to lay off or furlough staff and/or have had their budgets severely limited or cut completely.Recovery for cities and the Festivals & Events industry will take time and a cities’ first priority is to focus on supporting their own organization, city and community.

So, for now, we push pause on the 2021 IFEA World Festival & Event City Award Program and look forward to returning in 2022. Until then, please keep the IFEA World Festival & Event City Award Program in your thoughts as you and your city move forward this year, and we’ll work on adding some additional elements to the World Festival & Event City Awards Program to recognize the additional efforts your city has been taking on to support Festivals and Events during this time.

We look forward to celebrating with you next year with the 2022 IFEA World Festival & Event City Award Program!

2022 Entry Deadline

Mid-July 2022

Exact Date TBA

Questions?

For questions on any of the IFEA Awards Programs, contact: Nia Hovde, CFEE, Vice President/Director of Marketing & Communications at Email: nia@ifea.com

Is Your City Supportive of Festivals & Events?


Does your city openly encourage, support, learn from and recognize positive local environments for festivals & events? If the answer is YES, then it is time for your city to consider entering the IFEA World Festival & Event City Award!

Festivals and events have such a tremendous impact both on the community and the economy within the cities they serve, but the partnership with and support from the local community is critical to the success and sustainability of existing festivals and events, as well as the ability to attract and encourage new events.

IFEA is pleased to recognize those cities and markets that have successfully embraced and worked to provide an environment conducive to successful festivals and events with the IFEA World Festival & Event City Award.
With past winning cities such as Sydney, Australia; London, England; Johannesburg, South Africa and Shanghai, China to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Louisville, Kentucky; Maribor, Slovenia; Reykjavik, Iceland; Nice, France; Rotorua, New Zealand and many more . . . we look forward to adding your city to the list!

For each year's selected cities, the IFEA World Festival & Event City Award provides:
  • A strong platform from which to recognize the success of current and on-going efforts by every component of your community;
  • A clear positioning statement to encourage continued infrastructure, policy and process enhancement and expansion; and
  • A powerful marketing statement for use in recruiting and encouraging new festivals, events and businesses.
The IFEA is currently accepting entries for the 2020 World Festival & Event City Award.

Encourage Your City To Enter Today!

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