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After three days of seminars and conclaves, crazy parties and evenings filled with delegates screaming in support of colleagues during the Abby presentations, India’s foremost advertising, media and marketing convention came to a spectacular conclusion on April 8

After three days of seminars and conclaves by industry experts, crazy parties and evenings filled with delegates screaming their throats hoarse in support of colleagues during the Abby  presentations, Goafest 2017, India’s foremost advertising, media and marketing convention, came to a spectacular conclusion.


Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, was felicitated with the prestigious Champions of Excellence Award for his extraordinary contribution towards building Brand Kerala as ‘God’s Own Country’.


The final day of the festival saw exciting seminars by author Laura Ries, wrestling sensations the Phogat sisters, and Isha Katyal, the youngest Indian TED speaker. They were joined by industry stalwarts such as Yonathan Dominitz of The Mindspaces, Eric Cruz of AKQA and Juhi Kalia of Facebook who interacted and engaged with delegates through multiple Knowledge Seminars through the day. The final day came to an end with the presentation of ABBYs for Digital, Mobile, Out of Home, Ambient Media, Design, Print, Film Craft, Integrated Advertising, Special Awards (Gender Sensitive), Young ABBY & Film.


Nakul Chopra

Nakul Chopra, President, Advertising Agencies Association of India, said, “The last three days saw some of the brightest minds from the world of media, marketing and advertising congregating in one place to make Goafest 2017 an exciting experience for all. As an organizer, I felt delighted to see attendees enjoying themselves thoroughly – during the seminars and at the Abby presentations and the parties later in the night. The energy one felt coursing through the venue everyday was simply invigorating. Nothing could’ve made Goafest 2017 a bigger success for me. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one who came together to make this event such a huge success.”

Raj Nayak

Extending his congratulations to the winners, Raj Nayak, President, The Advertising Club, said, “When we started planning for Goafest 2017, our aim was to create a festival filled with knowledge, wisdom, entertainment, fun and which was also a great networking opportunity. After experiencing the event over the last three days, I can proudly say we have achieved everything that we had set out to. Over the last three days, Goa has seen some of the most creative minds in India together at one place – meeting, interacting, engaging and celebrating ABBY wins with each other. This is what the true spirit of Goafest is all about. Everyone who is going home with a metal from Goafest this year is truly deserving of victory and I congratulate each and every one of them on earning the respect of the entire media and advertising fraternity through the remarkable work they have put out this year.”

Ashish Bhasin

Felicitating the winners, Ashish Bhasin, Chairman, Goafest 2017, commented, “It gives me great joy to see all the delegates who came for Goafest 2017 enjoying themselves, learning and connecting with everyone around them. I would like to take a moment to thank every organization, every delegate and speaker, and each member of the organizing committee who contributed to making Goafest 2017 such a resounding success. I would also like to congratulate all the Abby winners. You all are the creative forces that keep driving this industry to newer heights of success.”


Ramesh Narayan

Ramesh Narayan, Chairman Awards Governing Council Abby’s@Goafest, added, “Three days of amazing seminars and boisterously happy Abby presentations helped propel Goafest 2017 become one of the most successful editions of the festival. Goafest is a confluence of creative minds who gather here year on year to connect, communicate and celebrate the amount of hard work that each one of them is putting in to make media, marketing and advertising industries successful. I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of Goafest 2017 for their unrelenting support. Many congratulations to all our winners. You all deserve every bit of all the recognition that has been bestowed upon you by the industry.”


Goafest and Abbys 2017, presented by The Advertising Club and The Advertising Agencies Association of India, saw the entire advertising and marketing community descend upon the silver sands of Goa to celebrate excellence in creativity across media platforms and genres.


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