Bookmarks cancels gala event #covid19 #coronavirusSA
Due to the coronavirus, the IAB Bookmarks Awards has cancelled its gala event, which was to be held at The Galleria on 19 March 2020. The awards will instead be announced via digital format, and all paid 2020 Bookmarks ticket event holders will be refunded in full.
“While all systems are on track for the 2020 award announcements [this] Thursday, we are taking a cautious approach, based on the industry’s response to COVID-19,” says Paula Hulley, IAB SA CEO. “In conversations regarding company mandate to minimise risk to assure health and safety, we have decided to ask our attendees not to gather in the same venue at the event and, as such, we have cancelled the physical event planned for 19 March 2020 at The Galleria.”
“We are grateful to our partners for their positive response in our plan to pivot to a new event format and keep the show on the road at this time of global crises,” says Andrea Quaye, 2020 Bookmarks jury president. “We are transforming the 2020 event into a digital-first, free awards experience that will be accessible to all online through the IAB SA digital platforms and supporting local media.”
For individuals who’ve already purchased 2020 Bookmarks tickets via the Howler platform, email email@example.com to request your refund. If you’ve paid for your 2020 Bookmarks ticket via the IAB SA, email firstname.lastname@example.org.