SeaFest hoping to net National Event Industry Award

SeaFest 2017 has been nominated for two awards in The Event Industry Awards 2018. Ireland’s national maritime festival, SeaFest, has been shortlisted for ‘Best Live Event’ and ‘Best Cultural Event’ in this year’s awards with the overall winners set to be revealed on Friday, 20th July.

The Event Industry Awards is the premier awards ceremony for the event sector in Ireland, and showcases the very highest standards in Ireland’s event industry. SeaFest is nominated alongside some of Ireland’s most outstanding events and festivals.

Communications Manager for the Marine Institute and SeaFest Sinéad Coyne said, “We are really delighted and honoured to be shortlisted for two categories in this year’s Event industry Awards alongside so many well-established companies. Congratulations to everyone involved and we look forward to the awards ceremony on July 20th at Citywest Hotel, Dublin.”

SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival, creates awareness of Ireland’s maritime heritage and celebrates the many ways our seas and oceans enrich our lives. A relative newcomer to the festival scene in Ireland, SeaFest has quickly become one of the most popular events in the country. Now in its fourth year, the festival has grown in attendance and scope – attracting 10,000 visitors in 2015, 60,000 visitors in 2016 and more than 100,000 visitors this year.

All entertainment, events and activities at SeaFest were free and 103,000 visitors flocked to Galway Harbour to enjoy a host of activities and entertainment on and around the water. In addition, the festival generated over €6.5 million in direct income for Galway’s tourism industry.

Global event specialists, Arcana were appointed event managers for SeaFest and worked with the Marine Institute and over 20 local, regional and national organisations and agencies to stage the three-day festival.