Liz Hawkins, Adelaide Festival Centre Manager Development; Stuart Symons, Santos Manager Community and Corporate Responsibility; and Jane Haley, AbaF CEO.
Santos and the OzAsia Festival have won Australia’s highest accolade for partnerships between business and the arts, taking out Partnership of the Year at the Australia Business Arts Foundation’s national awards.
The awards, held in Perth on Tuesday night, were attended by 700 of Australia’s business and arts leaders.
Described by the judges as a ‘natural fit’ for an Australian energy company with a presence in six Asia-Pacific countries, as well as Asian customers and partners, the partnership with OzAsia also collected the AbaF Partnering Award earlier in the evening and was the only South Australian winner from a field of 36 finalists, comprising six state award-winners across six categories.
This partnership also picked up the Best Achievement in Marketing, Communication or Sponsorship Award at the Australian Event Awards in Sydney last week.
The AbaF award judges said: ‘This vibrant, standout partnership delivers strong engagement with employees and the SA community and at the same time lifts the partners’ international profiles. A perfect alignment of objectives and significant outcomes that work so well for both partners.’
For over 10 years, AbaF has helped build the capacity of the arts, business and donors to connect. Its annual awards celebrate the nation’s best examples of partnership between business and the arts.
Santos has won state and national AbaF awards and commendations over the past three years for its partnerships with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Shakespeare WA, Adelaide Festival and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.
ABC’s 7:30 program profiles Santos and OzAsia
ABC’s 7:30 TV program recently interviewed Martyn Eames, Vice President Asia Pacific, in a feature on Santos’ partnership with the OzAsia Festival, along with other South Australian AbaF finalists.
>> Watch the 7:30 segment.