We have great pleasure in informing you that, on 3 June, the Golden Hammer competition and creative conference will return to our beautiful Jūrmala seaside resort, just 20 minutes’ drive from capital city Riga. Jūrmala’s extensive beaches have long been attractive to bathers as attested to by the ornate 19th century chalets, many now beautifully restored. Admire them as you take the short stroll through pine-encrusted dunes to Jomas iela, a pedestrian mall packed with restaurants, bars and coffee shops. A matchless conference venue only 20 minutes from Rīga’s international airport.
The programme of the 17th Golden Hammer affirms its well-established position as the region’s major international advertising festival with a full schedule of seminars, and, of course, an awards event whose coveted awards are adjudged by juries of authoritative industry professionals.
The Festival Competition will continue its tradition of rewarding works with particularly creative ideas and originality that grab audiences and make a key contribution to brand value.
16 February is when you can start submitting works for the 17th Golden Hammer international advertising festival and competition, and, note well, 15 April is the closing date for submissions.
The Golden Hammer 2015 festival was justly proud of our highly professional, multi-national jury. We intend to build on that in 2016, when competition entries will be judged by your industry peers from numerous countries, from both major networks and outstanding independent creative agencies.
We are pleased to be able to already introduce you to some confirmed jury members, with the list soon to be expanded to 28 creative industry professionals:
Matt Ryan, Mentor and freelance Creative Director, United Kingdom
Folker Wrage, Chief Creative Officer, Havas Worldwide, Switzerland
Michael Preuss, Creative Director and Founder, Preuss und Preuss, Germany
Ulrich Proeschel, Global Business Development, Digital Arts Network, TBWA\Worldwide, Germany
Hilary Jeffrey, President EMEA, PHD, United Kingdom
Muggie Ramadani, Creative Director and Partner, Bold Copenhagen, Denmark
Desiré Engström, Copywriter, Åkestam Holst, Sweden
Aive Hiiepuu, Managing Director and Partner, PRConcept, Estonia
Voldemārs Dūdums, Independent Creative, Latvia
Peter Michalka, Unit Creative Director, MUW Saatchi & Saatchi, Slovakia
Rimantas Stanevičius, Creative Director, Milk, Lithuania
Nicolas Zeuss, Design Director, Landor Moscow, Russia
Renos Demetriou, Founder of Creative Club Cyprus and Creative Director of ConversionPros, Cyprus
Catherine Movold, Head of Experience Design, Making Waves, Norway
Eugen Suman, Creative Director, Kubis Interactive, Romania
Dmitry Tarnovsky, New media invention director, Russia
Antero Jokinen, Creative Director and Founder, 358 Helsinki, Finland
Jonas Dahlquist, Chief Executive Officer, Starcom Worldwide, Sweden
Vince Pataky, Head of Digital, JWT Hungary, Hungary
Denis van Leeuwen, Chief Strategy Officer, Carat Amsterdam, Netherlands
Christina Forsgård, Chair and Partner, Netprofile, Finland
Golden Hammer is a festival of creativity in every sense. We honour victories achieved, congratulate passionate projects and celebrate the awesomeness of bright minds that know no boundaries.