Entries for the Event Production Awards (EPAs), are open. The dedicated awards for the festival and outdoor events industry, will return in 2018 and will take place on 28 February, the first evening of the Event Production Show, the event organised by Mash Media.

The awards recognise outstanding companies and individuals across the industry. Organised and held by Mash Media for the last seven years, the EPAs have become a highlight of the live events calendar.

This year’s ceremony will be held at a new venue chosen to accommodate the fast-growing event. More than 500 event professionals will descend on the Novotel London West for a three-course dinner, awards and networking.

Among the 19 categories now open for entry are the Venue of the Year Award, which has returned for 2018 due to popular demand, and the Legend Award, which recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the live events industry.

The awards will also recognise the very best live events from the worlds of music and sport, with the Music Event of the Year and Sporting Event of the Year categories.

“The EPAs are a chance for the industry to get together and recognise the world-class work that is being done at events across the UK and abroad,” commented Mash Media portfolio director Duncan Siegle. “We’re hugely proud of how the event has grown over the years and the 2018 awards are set to be even bigger and even better!”

Closing date for entries is Friday 1 December 2017. For general enquiries and to learn about sponsorship opportunities at the event contact James Linin at jlinin@mashmedia.net or call 0208 481 1122.