CAMPAIGN FOR BEGINNERS: CREATIVE CALENDAR 2003-2004

Need to know where the A-list of the creative industries hangs out? Here's a guide to the main events over the next year.

Tuesday 8 July - Campaign Direct Awards

Campaign celebrates creative work in direct marketing. Winners will be presented in front of an audience of the most important creative direct marketing agencies at Le Meridien Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. The event is sponsored by Royal Mail. For information contact anna.campbell@haynet.com or +44 (0)20 8267 4225

Tuesday 8 July - The D&AD Student Awards

Find out who wins a coveted D&AD Student Pencil from more than 2,000 entries. The D&AD Student Awards Ceremony & Dinner is now being held at the Royal Horticultural Halls. The Awards - including D&AD NESTA Product Design & Innovation Awards and WPP Bursaries - will be presented by Lord Puttnam and Dick Powell of Seymour Powell (and education chairman) before an audience of leading industry figures. This year's combined prize pot comes to almost £70,000. The ceremony also sees the launch of the new D&AD Student Annual. By invitation only. For information go to www.dandad.org

Wednesday 2-4 September - Xchange: The D&AD Programme for Course Leaders and Tutors

Xchange is a three-day forum presenting the latest trends and thinking from the creative industries, aiming to fire up course leaders and tutors just before the start of term. For information contact chris@dandad.co.uk or +44 (0)20 7840 1118

Wednesday 24 September - Marketing Brand Design Awards

Championing all agencies and consultancies that contribute to the positive strength of a brand through creative design and execution, these awards are staged at The Dorchester, Park Lane, London. For information contact cate.maccreadie@haynet.com or +44 (0)20 8267 4014

Thursday 25 September - D&AD President's Lectures

The first in the second series of D&AD President's Lectures under Michael Johnson's tenure re-opens the principle of debate at D&AD and takes a look at some of the issues facing the creative industry, sponsored by Framestore CFC. Call D&AD ticket hotline on +44 (0)20 7840 1135 or lectures@dandad.co.uk

Thursday 25 September - John Gillard Award Winner Announced

The winner of this award, set up in honour of John Gillard, the late founder of the School of Communication Arts, is announced. Leading creatives select a shortlist from D&AD New Blood exhibitor portfolios. Selected candidates are invited for an intensive interview. The winner will be presented with £1,000 prize money at a D&AD President's Lecture.

Wednesday 8 October - Campaign Poster Advertising Awards

These are the only awards focusing solely on creative outdoor ads, including format and industry sector categories, as well as recognising innovative use and ambient work. Creative teams are specifically credited for their work. Well-established after 23 years, the judging panel consists of the hottest creative directors and knowledgeable clients, together with experts from the outdoor industry. The ceremony and dinner take place each year in the Great Room at Le Meridien Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. For information contact nicki.wayne@haynet.com or +44 (0)20 8267 4318

October - Campaign Creative Conference

An annual conference looking at creativity in advertising. The conference is chaired by Caroline Marshall, the editor of Campaign. Speakers are of the highest calibre and this is a sell-out occasion at The Dorchester, Park Lane, London. For information contact graham.murphy@haynet.com or +44 (0)20 8267 4014

November - D&AD Awards Call for Entries

D&AD will be open for entries for the 2004 D&AD Professional Awards. Entries can be submitted online at www.dandad.org and film entries can be submitted at www.beam.tv. For information contact jana@dandad.co.uk or +44 (0)20 7840 1128

Wednesday 26 November - Campaign Media Awards

A set of awards that recognises work done by media agencies and media owners which made a substantial contribution to the success of a campaign. Innovative ideas from media sales teams are rewarded with cash prizes of £1,000 for each winner. The venue is Le Meridien Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. For information contact cate.maccreadie@haynet.com or +44 (0)20 8267 4017

November - D&AD Student Awards 2004 Call for Entries

The D&AD Student Awards highlight the best student talent and promote it to leading design and advertising creatives worldwide. Each year D&AD joins with leading international brands to set exciting new briefs. The range of disciplines include ambient media, poster advertising, graphic design, website design and environmental design. For a Call for Entries pack contact ianw@dandad.co.uk or +44 (0)20 7840 1113, or go to www.dandad.org

November - D&AD Annual Launch

The D&AD Annual & DVD Showreel showcases the D&AD Professional Award winners and D&AD Student Award winners, plus a wider body of the year's best work. Order online at www.dandad.org

November - D&AD Creativity Works Seminar & Case Study Launch

In partnership with Royal Mail, Design Council & AQUENT, Creativity Works is a one-day seminar and series of case studies on the importance of creativity to business. For information contact sophie@dandad.co.uk or +44 (0)20 7840 1124

January 2004 - D&AD Annual General Meeting

As the tenure of Michael Johnson ends, Nick Bell (creative director, JWT) will step in as the D&AD president. His manifesto will include breaking down barriers to creativity by educating the next generation of clients alongside the next generation of creatives.

Monday 19 January - Final deadline for entry to 2004 D&AD Awards

Friday 19 March - Revolution Awards - The awards for creativity in the digital economy.

March - D&AD Cannes Young Creatives 2004 Call for Entries

The D&AD Cannes Young Creatives Competition is a chance for a young team to make its mark and win a trip to Cannes representing the UK for the International Advertising Festival. For information contact nia@dandad.co.uk or +44 (0)20 7840 1130

Wednesday 24 March - Campaign Press Advertising Awards

The Campaign Press Advertising Awards celebrate the best in UK press advertising. The venue is Le Meridien Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. For information contact nici.brooks@haynet.com or +44 (0)20 8267 4161

March - Deadline for D&AD Student Awards & NESTA entries

May - The new series of D&AD President's Lectures begins

May - WPP Bursary Judging

Three final-year students will be up for a WPP Bursary, which includes £5,000 prize money and a three-month paid work placement to help smooth the path from education to employment. The shortlist will be selected from the D&AD Student Award Nominees and a series of intensive interviews will determine the winners.

May - D&AD Awards

The D&AD Award winners will be announced in front of an audience of more than 2,000 of the world's leading professionals at a ceremony in London. For information contact jana@dandad.co.uk or +44 (0)20 7840 1128

June - Marketing Society Award

The pinnacle of the awards calendar for marketers is held at Le Meridien Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. The awards celebrate well-rounded, leading marketing campaigns, including an appreciation of all marketing techniques and advertising creativity as part of the marketing mix. For information contact nici.brooks@haynet.com or +44 (0)20 8267 4161

June - D&AD New Blood 2004 Exhibition & Events

Showcasing work by more than 60 design and advertising colleges, the D&AD New Blood exhibition, sponsored by Adobe, incorporates Portfolio Surgery critiques for students, Lifeblood Lectures starring leading creatives, and The Clinic, a networking event for educators and industry. For information contact chris@dandad.co.uk or +44 (0)20 7840 1118

ONGOING PROGRAMMES

D&AD's Advertising Workshops

These workshops are run throughout the year with a series of four in London, one in Scotland and one in Leeds/Manchester. In addition, there are two series of Integrated Advertising Workshops in London. For information contact nia@dandad.co.uk or +44 (0)20 7840 1130

Workout (D&AD development programme for creative professionals)

An ongoing programme designed to stimulate new ways of thinking for creatives. The expanded programme includes courses for designers and an extended range of courses for advertising creatives. For information contact laura@dandad.co.uk or +44 (0)20 7840 1126

D&AD Bloodbank

D&AD Bloodbank is an online showcase of emerging creative talent in the industry. It incorporates a recruitment and networking service. For information contact chris@dandad.co.uk or +44 (0)20 7840 1118 or go to www.dandad.org/bloodbank

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