AUCKLAND, Friday: The Comms Council advises that tickets are now available for the 43rd annual Axis Awards and the associated speaker event, Axis Speaks, to be held at Shed10 on Thursday 30 March.
The early-bird deadline passed last week, and the final deadline is tomorrow (Wednesday 8 February).
Comms Council head of comms & events James Wotton said: “We have already seen a massive number of entries submitted. It’s great to see so many agencies taking advantage of the early bird pricing.
“If we receive too many more before next week, we will likely be looking at our largest Axis yet.”
Axis Speaks is returning after a four-year hiatus. The Comms Council aims to raise this event’s profile and reach a broader audience.
“In addition to the advertising industry, Axis Speaks also targets clients, CEOs, CFOs, and other business community members. There will be four world-class creatives taking to the stage this year to inspire the New Zealand creative advertising community.”
The first speaker being announced from the Axis Speaks lineup for 2023 is Susan Credle, New York-based global chair & global chief creative officer of FCB.
Wotton: “Susan is a creative powerhouse with a strong moral compass that drives her quest to infuse the industry with diversity. As the first female chair of The One Club for Creativity, Susan champions creative talent and promotes diversity within the industry.”
“Axis Speaks also targets clients, CEOs, CFOs, and other business community members.”
The second speaker is Rydr Tracy, head of educational transformation at Creatable Sydney. Rydr is an education executive, previously working in a number of senior roles across the NSW Department of Education.
As the head of educational transformation, he is expanding the evidence base for educators by strengthening the connections between industry and schools. In his role at Creatable, Rydr draws on his expertise and experience to design transformational education resources and applied professional learning programs.
Creative Nils Leonard of Uncommon London joins the lineup as speaker number three. Nils Leonard has spent over 20 years in the advertising and design industries working at a number of the most recognised agencies in London.
In 2017, he founded the Uncommon Creative Studio alongside Lucy Jameson and Natalie Graeme, which aims to be “a creative studio building brands the real world is happy exists”. The studio is currently working with ITV, Google, WWF, and Ovo Energy and launching its own brands.
Wotton: “The final speaker at the event is our very own Ray Edwards. Ray is an Auckland-based freelance cinematographer”
Comms Council ceo Simon Lendrum said: “It’s really exciting to see a high number of entries in this year’s awards along with the revival of the Axis Speaks event.
“Our intention is to see our creative advertising community take a day to celebrate the success of our best campaigns from the past 12 months, hear from some truly world-class thought leaders around creativity, and be inspired for the year ahead.”
The Axis Award winners will be revealed at the Axis Awards show next month – to be held later that evening.
- Axis Awards: Thursday 30 March
- Where: Shed10, 89 Quay Street, Auckland
- When: Axis Speaks 8.30am-12.30pm
- Awards show: 6pm-12 midnight
- Tickets are now on sale for both Axis Speaks and the Axis Awards here: commscouncil.nz/Axis
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