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June 24, 2009

Get ready for the Loeries Festival Weekend in Cape Town


Photo courtesy Steve Adams

Now that all the Loerie entries are in, it’s time to get ready for the Festival Weekend. This year the awards are hosted by the City of Cape Town for the first time and according to the organisers these are the most important points to remember:

1.    The Loeries Village will be centred on Long Street, with Camps Bay being the daytime venue, the Good Hope Centre the awards venue, and the after-parties in Long Street.

2.    Registration will be at the Grand Daddy Hotel in Long Street, open from the morning of Thursday September 24. Tickets must be bought in advance and all ticketholders must register to get access passes to all the activities.

3.    Virtually the whole of the Camps Bay strip has been reserved for Loeries delegates for Friday and Saturday daytime activities – so make sure you are part of the festivities. Whether it’s your agency lunch or the “hair of the dog”, book your function in Camps Bay on Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26. Remember – anyone can attend the Camps Bay functions, so use this opportunity to mix it up with all your long-lost friends from CT as well as faraway lands (like Gauteng). Bookings can be made via the Loeries website.

4.    This year the Festival starts on Thursday September 24 as it’s a public holiday (Heritage Day). Very Important Ego ticketholders (VIEs) all get invites to the Mayor’s Welcome Party on Thursday – a spectacular party in the heart of the city with food, cocktails and live music – not to mention a chance to meet Dan Plato, the city’s new Mayor, and rub shoulders with the industry’s finest.

5.    Also on Thursday evening, all VIE, Grand and Gallery ticketholders get access to the Battle of the Bands and the Chairman’s Party.

6.    The Communication Design and Print Media awards will be hosted by Ads24 on Friday and the Electronic Awards (Radio, TV, Digital, Online Advertising) as well as Live Events, Mixed Media and Integrated Campaigns will be hosted by the SABC on Saturday. Very Important Ego tickets get you access to all VIP areas throughout the weekend. Grand tickets are for the industry masses and include access to all after-parties. Lastly, Gallery tickets are for students and juniors – remember these are upstairs, bench-style seating, not for the pampered rears of the industry elite! All tickets are available via the Loeries website (some Gallery seats have been held back for educational institutions, so if you’re from a school and still hoping to get your hands on one of these tickets, please contact the Loeries office).

7.    Special Mango flights are available with return fares from R1 389, Jo’burg or Durban to Cape Town, and cars are available from Tempest Car Hire for as little as R149 per day.

8.    There are numerous taxi and shuttle services available to get you from Cape Town International Airport to the city – please make sure you arrange your own wheels to get you into the Loeries Village.

9.    A 24-hour shuttle service will be provided in the Loeries Village, linking all official accommodation. Please remember that this service does not include the airport. Shuttles will run continuously between Camps Bay, Long Street and the Good Hope Centre. Special park-and-ride facilities will also be provided for Cape Town residents and shuttles will run to all these parking areas.

10.  Official accommodation can be accessed via the Loeries website.

Major sponsors

The major sponsors for the 31st Annual Loerie Awards are the SABC, Ads24, Cape Town Tourism, the City of Cape Town, and Gearhouse South Africa.

Additional sponsors and official suppliers

Brandhouse, Lightworks, Sappi, Vodacom Mobile Media, Cape Film Commission, Aon South Africa, Mango Airlines, Hetzner, Tempest Car Hire, MetropolitanRepublic, Hello Computer, Zero One One, Wicked Pixels, DJ Badly, Media Host, Orchestra Blue, Sonovision Studios, Gallo Images, Paygate, Ornico Group, Rocketseed, Newsclip, Lifesense Financial Services, Egg Films, Crowne Plaza Johannesburg – The Rosebank, Grand Daddy Hotel, Cape Town Partnership, Audio Militia, H-Factor, Universal Music Group, EMI Music Publishing South Africa, Ultra Litho, juju, the Core Group

Travelling exhibition venues and dates

Dates to remember*:

Bloemfontein Museum – June 10-27, 2009
Vega, Durban – July 13-18, 2009
Vega, Cape Town – July 25-August 1, 2009
City Varsity, Johannesburg – August 9-15, 2009
Tshwane University of Technology – August 22-29, 2009
North West University, Potchefstroom – September 11- October 4, 2009
Stellenbosch Academy – October 10-22, 2009
One Club, New York – End November 2009

*All dates are subject to change

Important Loerie dates to diarise:

Judging: July 13-17, 2009
Judges’ seminar: July 13, 2009
Loerie Awards Festival Weekend
Cape Town: September 24-27, 2009
Awards ceremonies: Friday September 25 and Saturday September 26

For more information visit www.theloerieawards.co.za

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