PRESS: Golden Drum Festival Competition with entries from 24 countries


28th Golden Drum
8 September 2022

Golden Drum Festival Competition with entries from 24 countries

Golden Drum’s call for entries is closed. The competition has accepted round 1000 entries, most of which are coming from Ukraine, followed by Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. As much as two thirds of entries this year are made by independent agencies. The decisions of the 55 jurors will be publicly announced during the Golden Drum Awards Show Powered by Mastercard on 23 September in Rovinj, Croatia. The Festival’s program that will take place at the Weekend Media Festival is already available. The Golden Drum Festival is inspired with the theme REBUILDING CONNECTI ON and aspires to reunite, reconnect, and reignite creativity.

Golden Drum Competition 2022 with two thirds of entries by independent agencies

The 28th Golden Drum competition is closed. 55 jurors have started with their work.

Advertisers, agencies and other marketing communications professionals from 24 different countries have entered their best works in four diverse sections: One-Channel Drum, Omni-Channel Drum, Craft Drum, Creative Business Excellence Drum and a special All Juries Section.

The five Juries are led by outstanding professionals from all around the globe: Anselmo Ramos, Co-Founder and Creative Chairman, GUT, Buenos Aires, Miami, São Paulo, Toronto and Mexico City, Johnny Tan, Former Executive Creative Director, 72andSunny, Asia Pacific, Sandra Planeta, Creative Director and Founder, Planeta Design, Sweden, and Danielle Crook-Davies, Vice President of Marketing, Netflix, EMEA.

The highlight of the 28th Golden Drum Competition will be the special gala event, honouring great creativity and announcing the best of the best. We will meet the winner of the Young Drummers Competition Powered by Slovenian Tourist Board and announce the winners of the Brand Grand Prix, Adriatic Agency of the Year Powered by Zavarovalnica Triglav, the Independent Agency of the Year, the Agency of the Year, this year for the first time also the Production Agency of the Year and the Digital Agency of the Year – both Powered by Coca-Cola, the Creative Director of the Year Powered by Elan, the Network of the Year and furthermore welcome the new member of the Golden Drum Hall of Fame.

The Golden Drum Awards Show Powered by Mastercard will celebrate the winners on September 23 at 20.30.

»Our Golden Drum competition team - together with our distinguished juries - is more than ready for yet another devilish challenge of searching for the best ideas that shaped our creative landscape in the previous year. We are especially glad for incredible response from Ukraine as 29 agencies from that country took the opportunity to enter their best work free of charge. Poland, Slovakia and Hungary are the next three countries with most entries as - perhaps surprisingly - two thirds of all entries this year are coming from independent agencies. We are looking forward to meet you again at the seaside.«

- Miha Bevc, Competition Director

»Golden Drum is here and I truly believe it will be another excellent overview over past year projects. So far, we have encountered more entries in the One-Channel section in comparison to last year where Multi-channel section prevailed. We are glad that Section Craft is becoming stronger, especially in the group A: Industry Craft. Not surprisingly also the number of entries in the group Social Good has increased. Few things have changed, but the core of the Golden Drum Festival remains the same: celebration of brilliant ideas and people behind as well building further the passion for creativity that disrupt the average and push us all forward.«

- Špela Levičnik Oblak, Competition Director

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Young Drummers Competition welcomes creative solutions from 15 countries

This year’s challenge to design the best and most creative poster or video on the topic ῝Hey you, become the future of tourism!῎ was accepted by creative talents from 15 countries.

The aim of the competition, supported by Slovenian Tourist Board, is to find creative solutions showing that working in tourism is interesting and offers countless opportunities for growth, international exchanges, and life experiences.

The annual Young Drummers Competition enables opportunities for creatives under 30 from all over the world to show their creativity, earn a spotlight on the Golden Drum Awards Show stage and win a 1,000 EUR prize.

The best creative solution will be chosen by a five members jury led by Ghada Wali, the multiple-award-winning designer who developed an Arabic typeface that was chosen as one of the best 100 graphic design pieces in the world by the Society of Typographic Arts in Chicago.

The best creative solution will be announced during the Golden Drum Awards Show Powered by Mastercard on September 23 at 20.30.

See more about the Young Drummers competition:

The festival program is known

Rebuilding lost connection: Live on 23 September in Rovinj, Croatia.

After the break from real-life experiences we will be rebuilding lost connections at Golden Drum on Friday, 23 September in Rovinj, Croatia. The Festival will be hosted by the Weekend Media Festival.

The Golden Drum Festival Pass includes a program full of the latest trends & creative insights from 11 exceptional speakers, an Awards Show, and a crazy party with Konstrakta, the Serbian singer and songwriter who represented Serbia in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, to top it all off.

The Golden Drum Festival 2022 program will feature Kavita Patel, Advisory Lead of WARC EMEA, dissecting the Anatomy of EffectivenessFabio Seidl, Director for Global Creative Development at Meta USA, on Simplifying the Future with a new perspective on creativity that can lead us to a better use of tech and more inspiring and impactful tomorrow, Ghada Wali, Founder and Creative Director of Wali’s Studio, a pioneering graphic designer in Egypt, on How the Graphic Design affects the mental state, pulls emotional strings and delivers changeJeannette Liendo, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications at Mastercard Europe, presenting the Consumer of the FutureAnna Nowak, Creative Technology Manager at Isobar Poland on Meaningful innovation as a force for goodMaxim Boritko, Creative Director and Egor Petrov, Co-Founder and Creative Director from Banda, with Fast Creativity as one of the best things the war brought up in Ukrainian agency, Jason Romeyko, Worldwide Executive Creative Director & Managing Partner from Serviceplan International, Sebastian Stępak, Chief Executive Officer of MSL CEE and Jorg Riommi, Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Groupe CEE, on Timeless Creativity, and Saulo Rocha, Chief Creative Officer of DAVID Madrid with The Cheat Codes.

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Dates and information to remember

Golden Drum Awards Show powered by Mastercard: Friday, 23 September 2022

Golden Drum Juries:

Golden Drum Program:

Golden Drum Festival Pass:


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Additional information

Kristina Bogataj, Golden Drum Festival Head of Communication

E: [email protected], M: + 386 40 898 090

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