Glamorous media day in summer-time Hamburg: Verband Forum Corporate Publishing (FCP) had asked Kontrapunkt to stage both the gala night for Europe’s biggest corporate communication contest and the BCP congress on one and the same day.

After the premiere in 2012, Kontrapunkt was asked to organise and stage the multi-part event for a second time. And not only did the sun shine from the blue sky above the Hanseatic city, so did the eyes of the countless award winners who had travelled to Hamburg to receive the Golden Award for their achievements.

On the recommendation of Kontrapunkt, FCP chose the legendary theatre, Schmidts TIVOLI, located on Hamburg’s famous Reeperbahn in St. Pauli as the venue of the glamorous gala. Not only were temperatures high outside, in the ballroom where the Corporate Publishers’ Night was held – the event had been sold out for weeks – the crowd was in high spirits, too. The nominees were eagerly waiting for the announcement of the winners by TV presenter, Judith Rakers, who had already charmingly hosted last year’s award gala together with FCP’s managing director, Michael Höflich.

“Achievement followed achievement: all in all, 45 of the coveted trophies – colourful, shining cubes – were given to the proud winners,” reports Kathrin Norgall of Kontrapunkt, who was responsible for the smooth management of the event. “The awards were presented in a setting that told the story of an altogether different success: the stage setting of the most successful German-language musical theatre production “Heiße Ecke” [Hot Corner]. The St. Pauli musical provided the perfect Hamburg-typical backdrop for the happy winners.”

And like “Heiße Ecke”, the BCP award ceremony “celebrated life itself – from deep emotions to hilarious fun”. The exuberant, cheerful mood lasted throughout the award show and spilled over into the glittering after-show party that followed the official award ceremony. Although the balmy night was perfect for strolling around outside, the dance floor of the beautiful, marvellously decorated theatre ballroom was never empty.

More than 670 entries were submitted to Europe’s largest Corporate Publishing contest, which was an excellent result. During the daytime congress under the theme of “Content & Performance – The Impact of Contents!” the international guests and speakers visited the booths of the numerous partners set up in the combined sponsor and catering area.

Kontrapunkt used its self-developed participant management software “konquadrat” to manage the congress attendees and the award ceremony guests. The client’s feedback left us in no doubt: “It was a really fantastic event,” summarised Michael Höflich.