The eyes of the world may have been on Rio over the last few weeks but here at Four Colman Getty we’ve been busy winning gold of our own.
I’m delighted to report that this month saw us win the International Business Awards - Arts & Entertainment Campaign of the Year, for The Man Booker Prize podcast and vlogger initiatives rolled out during 2015. Known as ‘the International Stevies’, the IBAs are open to all organizations worldwide: large and small, public and private, for-profit and non-profit. The 2016 competition attracted more than 3,800 nominations from organizations of all types, in more than 60 nations and our entry was described by the judges as ‘very effective’ and ‘a very well driven social and digital media integration.’
The Man Booker International Prize continues to go from strength to strength and, as Truda recounts, was celebrated with a bespoke day at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival. Meantime we’re gearing up for the announcement of the six books which have been shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction. That’s happening on Tuesday 13 September and will be toasted that night at a party in Kunlé Adeyemi’s Summer House at the Serpentine Gallery. It’s become something of a tradition to hold the shortlist party at the Serpentine and it’s always a very happy celebratory event.
Out of London we’re starting work with the city of Coventry to support their bid to become City of Culture in 2021 and we’re also working with the cultural partners in Southampton to help define their cultural ambitions and lay the groundwork as a possible City of Culture in the future too.
Further afield Chris has been handling a UK Press trip to Ruhrtriennale, Germany’s leading festival of the arts. Now in its fifteenth year, the festival transforms the industrial buildings of the Ruhr metropolitan region, formerly known for coal mining, into remarkable venues for music theatre, theatre, music, dance and installations.
So there’s been plenty going on in what is normally the sleepy month of August - and then comes September…!
More from me next month.
All the best