Awards Weekend


Once a year, the communication design industry from Australia and beyond, come together in one place, at one time, to recognise talent and celebrate achievement.

This year, Melbourne takes its turn as the host city for the AGDA Design Awards 2018. A specially curated weekend of events, entertainment and lifelong memories awaits.

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Friday 9th November

The program starts on the Friday night with Design/Live - a unique live design experience and awards welcome party fused into one.

Taking place in the incredible surrounds of LCI Melbourne’s brand new Collingwood campus. The event will see 20 aspiring designers taking on a live 90 minute design brief, their screens projected onto the walls of the building as they work. With local DJs setting the soundtrack and local brewers/makers providing the refreshments, this is the perfect setting to connect with your fellow award attendees and kick things off as you mean to go on.


LCI Melbourne, 150 Oxford Street, Collingwood

Saturday 10th November

Saturday evening is the awards event itself, to be held at Peninsula, a former loading shed on the waterfront of Victoria Harbour, now fully converted into a spectacular venue of industrial elegance, modelled on London’s Tate Modern.

Here, you will be treated to an incredible awards evening curated by Melbourne event production specialists Interweave Group. With a tailored menu, exclusive beer and wine suppliers, local DJs and MC duties taken care of by Four Pillars Distillery founder Stuart Gregor and industry insider Cat Wall, this will be the perfect backdrop as we celebrate the best design work and the talent behind it.

On Central Pier, Shed 14
Street Address: 14/161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands

Event timings:
Arrival & Pre-drinks: 6.30pm - 7pm
Dinner & Awards Proceedings: 7pm - 11.30pm
After-Party at Woolshed (across the pier from Peninsula): 11.30pm - 1am

Getting there:

By car
Southbound traffic wanting to access Harbour Esplanade should travel east into Dudley Street and then south into Wurundjeri Way (behind Etihad Stadium) then towards Docklands into Bourke Street and right into Harbour Esplanade.

Northbound traffic or travelling from Charles Grimes Bridge wanting to access to Harbour Esplanade should travel through Batman’s Hill district onto Wurundjeri Way and onto Bourke Street and right into Harbour Esplanade. Cars should avoid travelling via La Trobe Street to access Harbour Esplanade or will be required to make a U turn at Bourke Street to access Central Pier.

By tram
Catch the free City Circle Tram to Docklands or take one of the following city trams and get off at tram stop D2:
• No. 30 via La Trobe Street
• No. 70 via Flinders Street

By train
At Southern Cross Station, exit at the northern end to walk over the Bourke Street Pedestrian Bridge to Harbour Esplanade.Alternatively, exit the station on the corner of Spencer and Collins Streets, and walk over the Collins Street Bridge to Docklands Park.

Limited car parking is available onsite at Central Pier and is subject to availability. Parking available at Etihad Stadium: Enter Etihad Stadium from Bourke St or Wurundjeri Way. Exit on foot from Level B3 (between Channel 7 & AFL House, as indicated on map). Walk out onto Harbour Esplanade and across to Central Pier.

Central Pier Valet Car Service
Available 7 days from 4pm
$20 per car Sunday to Thursday
$30 per car Friday and Saturday

Sunday 11th November

It wouldn’t be a proper party without time for some recovery. To close off the weekend, we’ll be gathering together for a lazy Sunday lunch session literally on the Yarra River in heart of Melbourne’s beautiful CBD at unique floating bar/restaurant Arbory Afloat. Relax, refresh and soak up the vibes, as we farewell the weekend that was with old friends and new.

Starts at 12pm

Arbory Afloat
1 Flinders Walk, Melbourne VIC


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