Remaining PICAs celebrations locked in with NPAs

With the COVID-19 related lockdowns still in effect in NSW and Victoria, and COVID flare ups in other states, organisers of the Printing Industry Creativity Awards (PICAs) have announced another round of new dates for the remaining PICAs celebrations.

The Print & Visual Communications Association (PVCA) said the celebrations in WA, NSW and Victoria will take place on 29 October, coinciding with the 38th National Print Awards presentation, except for South Australia, which will host the event on 16 September at the National Wine Centre of Australia in Adelaide.

The event in NSW will take place at the Ovolo in Wooloomooloo, with Victoria’s to be held at the Sheraton Melbourne in Victoria, and WA’s at the Crown Perth.

Queensland is the only state that has so far celebrated the PICAs, with ColorChiefs, Kuhn Corp and Sunprint taking home multiple wins.

PVCA president Walter Kuhn said the new arrangements were the result of some “pandemic-inspired creativity”.

 “The PICA presentations, like so many things, have been impacted by travel, border and gathering restrictions and, while we realise it’s frustrating to have arrangements changed, it’s all part of the flexible approach we need to take to ensure events are both safe and successful,” he said.

“Working with the event organisers at Visual Connections, we have now devised a solution which will see all remaining PICA Awards announced on the same evening as the 38th National Print Awards presentation, bringing this year’s printing awards to a conclusion.”

Kuhn added that guests at the Sheraton, Melbourne, will enjoy a cocktail function during the PICA presentations, with a short break before the national Awards are announced at a gala presentation dinner hosted by well-known comedian, TV and radio personality, Dave Thornton.

Proceedings will be live-streamed to satellite functions in Perth and Sydney and should any of these in-person events be unable to proceed, PVCA said an “in-home gourmet experience is lined up and ready to go”, to complement the virtual celebrations for ticket holders.

The “in-home experience” will also be extended to Queensland and South Australia for those who register for the NPAs access to the live stream.

“It’s been a long road to get to this point, and we are very grateful for the patience of our entrants – and the wider industry – as we have worked with the constantly-changing lockdowns, gathering guidelines and travel restrictions around the country to ensure these important celebrations can go ahead,” Kuhn said.

“With industry businesses facing so many challenges over the past 18 months, there has never been a better time to recognise the achievement of excellence, nor to come together with our industry colleagues to celebrate our great industry. We very much hope that print professionals from all States will join us for these fantastic events.”

PICAs tickets can be bought by clicking this link: https://www.trybooking.com/eventlist/pica

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