Print Awards locked in for 5 November

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The National Print Awards and remaining state PICAs have been rescheduled to Friday 5 November, and will run as a combination of in-person and live streaming events.

PICAs: some dates rescheduled
PICAs: some dates rescheduled

The snap decision by the Queensland governmentto declare a public holiday on Friday 29 October sent print awards organisers scrambling to once again reschedule the remaining PICA presentations – Victoria, WA and NSW – which will now be presented on Friday 5 November, immediately followed by the 38th National Print Awards.

The WA PICAs and the NSW PICAs will be live in person events, in Perth and Sydney respectively. The Victorian PICAs will be live streamed, due to ongoing restrictions in Melbourne.

Following the PICA presentations in WA, NSW, and Victoria, the National Print Awards presentations will take place in person in Brisbane, and will be live streamed to the WA and NSW events, and into the homes or businesses of printers in Victoria and South Australia.

The WA PICAs be announced live at a function at Crown Perth, commencing at 5pm sharp on 5 November. In Sydney, the NSW PICAs will be presented in-person at Ovolo, Wooloomooloo kicking off at 6pm.

The Victorian PICAs will be announced from the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre at 6.15pm Queensland time, with the proceedings live-streamed into Victoria, at 7:15 Melbourne time, and SA, at 6:45 pm local time. In Victoria and SA, where gathering restrictions are still in force, patrons will enjoy a special ‘in-home experience’, with a gourmet hamper of food and drinks delivered direct to their door to enjoy while Zooming in for the celebrations.

All States will then join in the presentation of the 38th National Print Awards, which will be presented immediately following the PICAs in Brisbane, and live-streamed around the country to the events in WA and NSW, and to in-home attendees in Victoria and SA.

Click here for the full schedule.

Walter Kuhn, president of the Print & Visual Communications Association which hosts the event, says the increase in staging costs due to holiday loadings, together with a desire to support Queenslanders to enjoy a much-anticipated long weekend, were behind the decision.

“I don’t think there’s anyone who would begrudge any State the opportunity to take a break and enjoy some time away given the events of the past couple of years, but after only recently confirming Brisbane as the most viable venue for the print award presentations, the announcement by Premier Palaszczuk that the Ekka public holiday would be rescheduled to the Friday of our event did take us by surprise,” he says.

“The no-doubt unintended consequence for us, and for others who had events booked that weekend, was a doubling of our staging costs overnight, coupled with the threat of cancellations from registrants keen to embrace the chance to take a few days away.”

By pushing the event out once more, Kuhn says industry businesses can enjoy both the ‘People’s Long Weekend’, as it’s known, and the National Print Awards celebrations – albeit after waiting yet another week. With varying restrictions still in place in other States, these final presentations will be a mix of in-person and livestreamed events spanning five states and four time zones.

Go to for all the details, click here to book your place.


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