Mary Kom, Virendra Sehwag, and Kalki Koechlin are attending Goafest 2019

It’s that time of the year when media and advertising giants from across India converge in Goa, for the country’s largest and most prestigious advertising conclave – Goafest. Currently, in its 13th year, Goafest is an annual 3-day celebration of the very best advertising and media work from India, honouring creativity and campaigns from across markets, mediums and languages of the country under one roof.

Siddharth Malhotra at Goafest
Siddharth Malhotra talks about his journey in the world of cinema at last year’s Goafest

What is Goafest?

The biggest advertising festival in India, it is hosted by The Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) in association with The Advertising Club to showcase and toast the best in the business with a whole lot of flash and style. A 3-day cocktail of awards, talks and celebrations, Goafest 2019 will be held from 11th to 13th April at the Grand Hyatt, Bambolim. Over the years, Goafest has grown to invite speakers from outside the industry to give attendees valuable perspectives on brand building, insights and innovation in communication from other markets. The coming together of the Advertising Agencies Association of India’s (AAAI) Goafest and The Advertising Club of Bombay’s prestigious creative ABBY Awards has made Goafest the biggest advertising and media event of the year.

Faye D'souza at Goafest
Faye D’souza talks about the promise that was made last year at Goafest to bring a channel that focuses on issues faced by India.

What’s happening at Goafest 2019?

This year, Goafest 2019 is presented by Viacom18 and powered by MX Player. The 3-day convention of the best minds in the industry will see prestigious speakers from premier global and Indian advertising, smart technology, software development, entertainment, sports and others. Renowned cricketer Virender Sehwag, Bollywood actors Pankaj Tripathi, Kalki Koechlin and Siddhant Chaturvedi of the recent Gully Boy fame, global advertising maven Gordon Bowen, boxing legend Mary Kom, creative genius Madonna Badger and authors Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu, will be amongst many others to address the knowledge sessions. Nakul Chopra – Chairman Goafest said “At Goafest our aim has been to create a platform that provides learning, inspiration, collaboration and celebration. Content is the heart of the festival. Jaideep and his team have laboured from August last year to put up this stellar list of speakers. I am sure all delegates – especially the young guns – will have a lot to learn and be inspired from.”

Jonty Rhodes at Goafest
Jonty Rhodes in a bear it all conversation with Anand Narasimhan

The ultimate party

The industry conclave, knowledge sessions, masterclasses and ABBY Awards have been brought together in a way to ensure maximum engagement and bring in the most value to the attendees. After a day full of insightful sessions and big wins at the ABBY Awards, the celebrations at Goafest 2019 will continue with the after parties. On 12th April, Nucleya will enthral all at the MTV Beats Swag Night after-party. Other scheduled performances are Jonita Gandhi unplugged, as well as a performance by the legendary Shaan. To apply for your delegate pass, click here. To view the entire schedule, you can visit the official Goafest 2019 website at

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