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Golden Drum, Festival of Creativity, announces upsurge of entries

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA — The Golden Drum competition records an increase of entries with the highest number of works entered by Ukraine, followed by Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Bulgaria. More than half of creative solutions came from independent agencies. The number of entries in Creative Media Excellence Section also surpassed the expectations of the competition directors.

The winners of the Golden Drum will be announced during the awards show powered by Mastercard on October 10 in Portorož, Slovenia. Golden Drum’s motto remains strong competition, good school, devilish challenge, and crazy party.

Advertisers, agencies and other marketing communications professionals from 29 different countries have entered their best works in five diverse sections: One-Channel Drum, Omni-Channel Drum, Craft Drum, Creative Media Excellence Drum, Creative Business Excellence Drum, and a special All Juries Section. The number of entries in the competition has surpassed previous years.


Miha Bevc, Competition Director, said, “The Golden Drum traditionally plays an important role in the creative, marketing, and advertising community in the European advertising space. Therefore, we are extremely proud that the festival is returning even stronger this year. Agencies from as many as 29 countries submitted their work this year, surpassing the number from last year. The most entries came from Ukraine, Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Bulgaria (in that order) with the best response from newly included markets coming from Sweden. As the friendliest festival around, we can’t wait to catch up again on the Slovenian coast, in Portorož.”

Špela Levičnik Oblak, Competition Director, added, “The Golden Drum festival proudly announces that the new media section has been more than accepted among entrants of the competition. The One Channel Section is still ahead with highest number of entries, where Print, Film and OOH are the strongest categories. I believe there will be great competition with many outstanding, fresh, and exciting entries. Let’s applaud to all the winners in Portorož, on October, at the friendliest festival in the World.”

The two-stage judging process has begun. The juries are led by outstanding professionals from all around the globe: Pancho Cassis, Partner and Global Chief Creative Officer of DAVID, USA/Spain; Aaron Starkman, Global Chief Creative Officer of Rethink, Canada; Ashwini Deshpande, Co-founder Director of Elephant Design, India; Barbara Evans, Managing Partner of Mediaplus Group, Germany, and Daniela Iebba, Director of Communications at Global Heineken® Brand, The Netherlands.

The highlight of the Golden Drum Competition will be the special gala event, honoring great creativity and announcing the best of the best of the 2023; winner of the Young Drummers Competition powered by Slovenian Tourist Board, winners of Bronze, Silver, Golden and Grand Prix Drums, winners of the Brand Grand Prix, Best of Social Good, Best of Genius Loci and the new award powered by Telemach Slovenia – Game Changer, winner of the prestigious title of Adriatic Agency of the Year powered by Zavarovalnica Triglav, the Independent Agency of the Year supported by Allfred.io, the Agency of the Year, the Production Agency of the Year and the Digital Agency of the Year, the Media Agency of the Year powered by BH Telecom, the Creative Director of the Year powered by Elan and the Network of the Year. During the evening celebration we will also welcome the new member of the Golden Drum Hall of Fame.

Golden Drum Competition Shortlists will be announced on October 02 with winners to be revealed on October 10 with an Awards Show Powered by Mastercard. To learn more about the Golden Drum competition, click here.

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