23rd Golden Drum to take place in Ljubljana

Creativity, Festivals & Awards

23rd International Festival of Creativity Golden Drum, organized by the Slovenian Advertising Chamber, is scheduled to take place on 18-21 October 2016, and moves from Portorož to Ljubljana, in the Ljubljana Castle. Inspired to inspire is Golden Drum’s new slogan, which will guide the festival for the coming years.

Besides the new location, the competition program adds a series of novelties, such are “best capture of local spirit”, a new group for entries using creative solutions based on the local spirit, and a new Golden Drum Adriatic award. The entry period is open and the deadline is August 29th.


Mayor of Ljubljana Zoran Janković welcomes the festival:

I am pleased that the venue for this year’s festival is moving after 22 years to the most beautiful city in the world – in Ljubljana, at its highest point, Ljubljana Castle, where the view of the city is simply charming. I am confident that participants of the festival will easily find inspiration for their creations, as the city with its friendly inhabitants offers numerous interesting places that are worth exploring. I wish organizers and participants of the Golden Drum Festival a pleasant and creative stay in this year’s Green Capital of Europe 2016, which is the most important award that the city can receive! I am sure that many participants will visit Ljubljana again!

Mojca Briščik

This year’s festival invites individuals seeking inspiration and solutions with new perspectives while transcending inter-generational differences, said Mojca Briščik, Director General of the Golden Drum Festival and the Slovenian Advertising Chamber, adding that Inspired to inspire is the slogan for the 23rd Golden Drum.

I believe that excellent speakers, relevant topics, parallel events (networking and socializing) and fierce competition will offer competitors and delegates many new insights and above all inspiration which transcends limits of advertising. Also because of the unique location of the castle, infused with the cultural and creative pulse of the hosting city

Mojca Briščik

The 23rd Golden Drum announces many innovations in its competition program. Both competition sections, now named Best Piece and Best Practice, are completely revamped.

Lucka Peljhan

Lučka Peljhan, Director of the Golden Drum Competition, on the updates made to the competition:

Every important international competition, including the Golden Drum’s, wish to attract new and fresh ideas, most daring approaches and solutions which lead to the creation of new trends – that’s why we’ve went the extra mile this year. With new awards we encourage regional creativity and with a new competition group we put even more focus on local inspiration.

A new group represents one of the significant innovations implemented this year designed to incorporate the creative spirit of the area. Entries whose creative solutions were based on the local spirit of an area will compete in a new group and compete for the award “Best capture of local spirit”.

GD Awards

This year’s entries will be judged by two independent and reputable juries composed of prominent members recognized as some of the world’s top-ranking creatives. Deadline for entry submissions is 29 August 2016.

Regional as well as local characteristics and peculiarities create a unique cultural space and thereby form a special creative framework. Golden Drum seeks to encourage creativity in the region that created and developed this international and globally recognized festival. With the special regional Golden Drum Adriatic awards thus the doors to Adriatic are opened wide. All registered competition entries from the Adriatic region can compete for the regional award, with no special registration required.