GoaFest kickstarts with a bang, igniting the spirit of creativity

Day 1 of GoaFest 2023 kicked off with great excitement and anticipation. As the largest advertising and marketing festival in India, GoaFest attracts professionals from all over the country and beyond. Held in the scenic coastal state of Goa, the festival is known for its vibrant atmosphere and insightful sessions.

The day began with an impressive opening ceremony that featured renowned speakers and industry leaders. They shared their insights and set the tone for the festival, highlighting the latest trends and challenges in the advertising and marketing world.

In conversation with Adgully, here is what, a few Industry leaders had to say about being part of the GoaFest 2023:

T Gangadhar Co-Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer, Quotient Ventures, says: “It's always great to be at GoaFest. I have very fond memories of this event. I have been coming for a long time now, though I am coming after seven years. This is a celebration of creativity. The work here is both humbling and inspiring and it should encourage a lot of youngsters. India requires greatness in advertising. What I love especially about this event is that it is a great opportunity to meet a lot of friends from the industry.”

Siddharth Dabhade – MD, MiQ – India, says: “I am delighted to be at the Goa fest. This has been the 3rd or 4th time I’ve been here, but this is special because this is after covid we are again gathering altogether. GoaFest has always been fantastic in terms of meeting all the industrial people and all the agencies having deep conversations on marketing, creativity, and nowadays it's also about technologies and data as well.”

Alok Jalan, MD, Laqshya Media, says: “It's always good to be at GoaFest as we call it a festival of creativity. I see a lot of young creative minds here and it's good to see. The topic this year, the challenges going to be men vs machines, how technology changes creativity, and how much creativity changes because of technology.”

Josy Paul, Chairman, BBDO India, says: “My job is to deliver ideas and I'm here at GoaFest after 10 years. It's been a long time. It feels like it’s the first time after all these years. I remember 10 years ago, I did something very stupid. I was the head of the radio jury. When they asked me to come up and give away the awards. I went and hid under the podium so that no one could see me and everyone was wondering where I was and then I just used a microphone and said, I’m radio you can't see me you can only hear me and it was a bit stupid and funny but it was alright.”

Ajay Kakkar, Managing Committee Member, The Advertising Clubs, said: "I have been fortunate to be associated with the industry of advertising and marketing for over two decades, and being associated with the Abby in the GoaFest. I am here this time as a co-chair of the awards governing council of Abby.”


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