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Des Moines Arts Festival® Wins Gold Grand Pinnacle Award

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Des Moines Arts Festival® Wins Gold Grand Pinnacle Award
from the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) for the third consecutive year

Des Moines, Iowa – September 28, 2016 The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) paid tribute to the Des Moines Arts Festival® on September 27, 2016 during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 61st Annual Convention, Expo & Retreat, in Tucson, Arizona, where they presented the Festival with the coveted Gold Grand Pinnacle Award for Best Festival in the World. Additionally, the Festival won 25 awards in the following categories:

Grand Pinnacle Award
Best Newspaper Insert/Supplement
Best Commemorative Poster
Best Single Magazine Display Ad
Best Single Newspaper Display Ad
Best Ad Series
Best Outdoor Billboard
Best Invitation for the Preview Celebration
Best Hat Design
Best Sponsor Solicitation Proposal
Best Sponsor Follow-up Report
Best T-shirt Design
Best Community Outreach Program
Best New Event for REVEAL
Best Overall Merchandising Program

Best Social Media Site
Best Cover Design
Best Single Newspaper Display Ad
Best Promotional Poster
Best Street Banner
Best Overall Sponsorship Program
Best Volunteer Program
Best Green Program
Best Children’s Programming

Best Single Newspaper Display Ad
Best Event Within an Existing Festival

“Winning the Gold Grand Pinnacle Award reflects that we are truly one of the best festivals in the world,” said Stephen King, Executive Director of the Des Moines Arts Festival. “Celebrating our community through the arts is what makes the Festival such a vibrant and important event, and to be recognized by our peers as ‘the best’ is a tremendous honor.”

The professional competition draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events. Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as the Saint Louis Art Fair, St. Louis, MO; the Fiesta Bowl, Scottsdale, AZ; the International Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, DC; the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Pasadena, CA; the Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA; Memphis in May International Festival, Memphis, TN and Celebrations Ottawa in Ottawa, ON, Canada.
International contenders included such diverse event organizations as Destination NSW in Sydney, Australia; Ludwig Van Beethoven Easter Festival in Krakow, Poland; Cuckoo Events, Dublin, Ireland; Rotterdam Festivals, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Festival Lent, Maribor, Slovenia and the Boryeong Mud Festival in Boryeong, South Korea.

“We would like to congratulate all of our Pinnacle winners for their outstanding entries into this year’s competition,” said IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader, CFEE. “The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world. Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the globe, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.”


About The Des Moines Arts Festival®
The Gold Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival® presented by Register Media is an annual three-day free arts and culture Festival the last weekend in June. The Festival invites you to ‘go where it takes you…” by engaging with 180 invited professional visual artists, emerging Iowa artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, live music, performing arts, interactive arts activities, award-winning community outreach programs, live artist demonstrations, artisan food, and beverages for every taste. For more information please visit us online at www.desmoinesartsfestival.org, socialize with us at www.facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, Twitter: @DMArtsFestival, Instagram: desmoinesartsfestival #DMAF2017 #GoWhereItTakesYou.

About the International Festivals and Events Association
Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) is The Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. In partnership with global affiliates under the umbrellas of IFEA Africa, IFEA Asia, IFEA Australia, IFEA Europe, IFEA Latin America, IFEA Middle East (MENASA), and IFEA North America, the organization's common vision is for "A Globally United Industry that Touches Lives in a Positive Way through Celebration." The Association offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide.

For a complete list of winners and more information on the IFEA, go to www.ifea.com.

Media Contacts:

Des Moines Arts Festival, Liz Adelman
(515) 802-0603 ladelman@desmoinesartsfestival.org
International Festivals and Events Association, Nia Hovde
(208) 433-0950 ext: 3 nia@ifea.com


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