Together with the Beckoffice agency, Kontrapunkt is responsible for the eleventh Publishers’ Night of the Association of German Magazine Publishers (Verband Deutscher Zeitschriftenverleger e.V. – VDZ) in Berlin. It is one of the most important networking platforms and media events in Berlin. More than 900 guests – publishers, publishing managers, editors-in-chief, business leaders and creative artists – were once again guests during this evening and used the event for exchange and networking.

An evening dedicated to values and courage

“The VDZ Publishers’ Night 2018 has honored personalities who stand out with their values, their consistency from history. This year’s award winners have one thing in common: they are united by an unshakeable attitude towards the better. They all have the same moral navigation system,” says VDZ President Dr. Rudolf Thiemann.

Queen honours Chancellor

At this year’s Publishers’ Night, four prizes were awarded in three categories:

Béatrice Guillaume-Grabisch, CEO of Nestlé Germany, was awarded the “Golden Victoria 2018 – Entrepreneur Personality of the Year”. The award recognizes the company’s commitment to maintaining its reputation as the highest good.
The “Golden Victoria for press freedom“ was a posthumous award for Daphne Caruana Galizia und Ján Kuciak. Both caused international attention with their work, which also included the reveal of the Panama Papers.

A very special moment was the presentation of the “Honorary Victoria” to Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel by her laudatory speaker Queen Rania of Jordan. The challenges facing her chancellorship were considerable and extensive, according to the VDZ. Since her inauguration, Chancellor Merkel has earned the admiration and respect of the world for her unshakeable commitment to stability, prosperity, freedom and peace.

Reliable event management

Kontrapunkt was responsible for many parts of VDZ Publishers’ Night. The tasks included the handling of 150 accredited press representatives, VIP seating, sponsor research and support, all event logistics and on-site check-in.
We are pleased to be part of this special award ceremony and to contribute our know-how to the success of the event.


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