Entry deadline

31 July 2017


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New speakers announced!

Cüneyt Devrim, Managing Partner, Project House HAVAS Istanbul, Turkey
Cüneyt Devrim and his partners have founded the leading digital advertising agency Project House İstanbul. Throughout the years agency became the fastest growing company in the EMEA region. Co-founder for Direct Marketing Association of Turkey and Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB Turkey) is also a teacher at Bilgi University Istanbul on “Communication Design” where he transferred his knowledge to younger generations.

Alberto Mattiello, Professor of Digital Innovation, Bocconi University, Italy and Head of 'Future Thinking' Project, J. Walter Thompson, Miami, USA
Alberto is a technology and marketing expert with 18 year of Business and Digital Innovation Consulting experience. He started the “Future Thinking Project” for J. Walter Thompson – an international, innovation-accelerator hub helping companies find a sweet spot between marketing, technological innovation and emerging business models.

Emma Wilkie, Managing Director, The Gunn Report Ltd, United Kingdom
Emma is a director of The Gunn Report Ltd in United Kingdom and a close friend of the Golden Drum Festival. As well as focusing on running the business, Emma is also the person who researches and creates The Report and oversees production of the publication. She has been instrumental in The Gunn Report’s growth to date.


Leave your mark

International Festival of Creativity Golden Drum supports and encourages exchange of the most creative ideas. Madea Mojca Majhen, Chief Executive Officer of the 24th Golden Drum says: »I am thrilled that this year’s eventful festival campus will be centred on one location – Grand Hotel Union, and I am positive that this decision will be well accepted among the visitors. Festival preparations are already in full swing and this year visitors and participants can also expect a few interesting novelties. For now, I can reveal that the congress program will host some incredible speakers, while all details and novelties of the competition program will be known shortly.«

24th International Festival of Creativity Golden Drum will once again take place in Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. Grand Hotel Union will host Golden Drum’s friends from 18 to 20 October 2017. First international top experts who are coming on the Golden Drum podium are announced.

First international speakers who will leave their mark on the Golden Drum podium are: Michael Conrad, President, Berlin School of Creative Leadership Foundation, Germany, Marco Cremona, Creative Lead, Google, Russia, Fernando Vega Olmos, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Picnic Madrid, Spain.

Top ten internationally recognized experts will be joining John Mescall, Global Executive Creative Director and President of McCann Global Creative Leadership Council: Oleg Barinboim, Creative Director, Tutkov Budkov, Russia, Julia Dovlatova, Creative Director, Geometry Global Prague, Czech Republic, Federico Fanti, Executive Creative Director, Young & Rubicam, Russia, Vilmos Farkas, Executive Creative Director, Publicis One Hungary, Hungary, Petra Krulc, Executive Creative Director, Grey Ljubljana, Slovenia, Jyrki Poutanen Executive Creative Director, TBWA\Helsinki, Finland, Jana Savić Rastovac, Creative Director, McCann Beograd, Serbia, Maciek Waligóra, Executive Creative Director, DDB&tribal Warsaw, Poland, Martin Woska, Chief Creative & Strategy Director, TRIAD Advertising and President, Art Directors Club Slovakia, Slovakia, Bülent Yar, CEO, Mindshare Turkey, Turkey. Together they will evaluate campaigns and concepts, entered in the Best Practice Section.

Top ten internationally recognized experts will be joining Bruno Bertelli, Global Chief Creative Officer at Publicis Worldwide, evaluating entries in the Best Piece Competition section: Zsolt Balogh, Creative Leader, DDB Budapest, Hungary, Alice Burton, Creative, Y&R London, United Kingdom, Vasilije Ćorluka, Executive Creative Director, Publicis One Macedonia, Dušan Drakalski, Executive Creative Director, Demner, Merlicek & Bergmann, Austria, Nikolai Fabrika, Creative Director, Instinct (BBDO Russia) and Founder, Cheapshot, Russia, Ioana Filip, Executive Creative Director, MRM//McCann Romania, Igor Mladinovic, Chief Creative Director, Imago Ogilvy, Croatia, Alemsah Ozturk, CEO / Chief Happiness Officer, 4129Grey and Chief Digital Officer, Grey EMEA, Turkey, Kuba Sagan, Creative Director, K2, Poland, Svetlana Tsvelenyeva, Creative Director, TBWA\Ukraine.

International Festival of Creativity Golden Drum supports exchange of the most creative ideas. We are honored that the transformation and growth of the Golden Drum festival was recognized by Borut Pahor, the President of the Republic of Slovenia. "Golden Drum has been placing Slovenia among the greatest European festival countries for more than 23 years. Every year, it brings delegates from more than 40 countries, from the advertising industry and beyond, and offers them the environment in which they exchange their most creative thoughts,” says Borut Pahor.

With the honorary patronage, the President of the Republic of Slovenia affirms that the festival has also a great importance for Slovenia, placing the country in the global context, not only as one of the most beautiful European countries, but also as an important scene of the professional and educational events.

We will announce the members of the Best Piece Competition Jury, presided by Bruno Bertelli, Global Chief Creative Officer at Publicis Worldwide shortly.


New approaches for the world of tomorrow

The Golden Drum Festival was created during the period, characterized by the opening of the Central and Eastern European economies to the free market. The rapid transfer of market-oriented knowledge from the West, was refined by the local traditions and features, which molded a unified mental and conceptual environment. The experience from the comparable environment was propitious for the development of the industry in the geographical entity which was then encouragingly referred to as the New Europe.

“The thirst for the continual development and the economic crisis changed the attitude towards the economy in several democracies; however, in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, well-known concepts of growth and consumerism are still predominating”, says Mojca Briščik, the president of Golden Drum, and adds that the Golden Drum Festival also follows the reformed attitude by supporting the exchange of the most creative ideas. “For the world of tomorrow, we all need new approaches that will exceed the patterns of the economy of yesterday. For this reason, we will remain the festival of creativity of the New Europe.”

24th Golden Drum Best Piece and Best Practice Juries will be known soon!​

The 24th Golden Drum Best Practice Jury President will be John Mescall, Global Executive Creative Director and President of McCann Global Creative Leadership Council.

During his career John has won over 60 Cannes Lions including six Cannes Grand Prix, Black and Yellow Pencils at D&AD, One Show Best of Show, and multiple Clio, Spikes, LIA and Webby awards. John was named in the 2013 Creativity 50: AdWeek’s annual listing of the world’s 50 most influential creative thinkers and doers, and Business Insider ranked him the 8th most creative person in advertising worldwide.

Best Practice Jury recognizes and awards excellence achieved in complex communication executions: Integrated, Activation programme, Branded content and Entertainment, Events, Public relations, Media, Capture of local spirit, Innovative.

The 24th Golden Drum Best Piece Jury President will be Bruno Bertelli, Global Chief Creative Officer at Publicis Worldwide. Bruno is one of the two most awarded Italian creatives with international awards including 41 Cannes Lions, 9 Gold Cannes Lions, one Grand Clio and one Grand Prix at the New York Festivals. Bruno represents the global creative board and clients of Publicis Worldwide, which include Renault, Nestlé and Heineken.

Best Piece Jury recognizes and awards creative brilliance in individual executions of films, press, radio, digital, mobile, direct and out-of-home and it is about excellence achieved in a singular form.

Moving from the coast to the capital brought new life to the festival: Ljubljana with its mix of Mittel-European architecture and progressive thinking sets the perfect stage for some serious reconsideration of the Europe we used to know.

Our job is simple: you do the competition, we do the content! By bringing smart challenges and challenging minds we might see broader and further. This year, Golden Drum beats and bytes between October 18th and 20th. Come and leave your mark!

Stojan Pelko, new Vice-President of the Golden Drum Festival, responsible for Competition and Content.

10. 03. 2017

24th Golden Drum will leave its mark!

The Slovenian capital Ljubljana will unite Golden Drum’s friends once again 18-20 October 2017, this time in Grand Hotel Union. We will have the opportunity to share thoughts, views and knowledge with experts whose work exceeds expectations and the boundaries of ordinary. Start selecting your best work, ​​entry ​submission deadline​ is 31st July 2017.

Join us and leave your mark in Plečnik’s Ljubljana with us!