Following a tough two and half weeks of competition between the 28 nominated events and thousands of votes, the top four Finalists in Australia’s Favourite Event have been announced, pointing to the success of regional Australian events, with three of the four finalists held in regional areas.
The finalists are:
Be The Light for the Wild, Centenary Light Walk at Taronga Zoo, Vivid Sydney 2016 is an after-hours light walk event at Taronga Zoo as part of Vivid Sydney. The event highlighted the zoo's conservation message and pledge to save ten key endangered species and their habitats over the next ten years, including the platypus, the bilby, the Sumatran tiger and the Asian elephant.
Birdsville Big Red Bash is the most remote music festival in the world, held 35 km west of Birdsville, a small town of approximately 100 people, which itself is 1,500km from Brisbane, the nearest capital city. The 2015 Birdsville Big Red Bash saw much-loved Australian artists like Jimmy Barnes and The MyClymonts playing to thousands of festival goers against a backdrop of the biggest sand dune in the Simpson Desert.
The iconic Deni Ute Muster celebrates the uniqueness of country Australia, combining many of Australia's most distinctive rural pastimes, including national and international country music stars, vehicle displays (including utes of course), camping and family entertainment.
The Gibb Challenge is an annual socially competitive team relay mountain bike event which raises awareness and funds for charity. It is an extraordinary outback cycling adventure which takes place over five days along the Gibb River Road in Western Australia from the port town of Derby all the way to the Ord Valley Muster in Kununurra. In 2016, the Gibb Challenge raised more than $460,000 for Sirens of Silence.
The 28 original nominees for Australia’s Favourite Event were chosen by the judges of the Australian Event Awards – all public event Finalists from the ten Best Event categories became nominees for Australia’s Favourite Event.
Voting for the four finalists continues at www.eventawards.com.au until 9pm on September 21, the night of the Australian Event Awards Ceremony, with the winner announced as the last award of the evening.
The Australian Event Awards will be held on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland on 21 September and will be followed by the Australian Event Symposium on 22 and 23 September.
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