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2018 CEEQA Gala – New Europe real estate in full colour

Celebrating the successes and success stories of the sector year

Following the announcement of this year’s CEEQA Shortlist thoughts turn to the sector’s highlight event of the year.

Celebrating the successes and success stories of the New Europe property markets across 18 countries in CEE & SEE organised in partnership with Deloitte, in its 15th year the annual CEEQA Gala has acquired a reputation as one of the most colourful and enjoyable industry events anywhere, and one of the most important dates in the European real estate business calendar.

There’s only one CEEQA Gala

Attracting 800+ business leaders and decision makers from more than 50 countries to celebrate the success and success stories of the calendar year, the event is renowned for its exceptional blend of elite business, exclusive hospitality and world class entertainment.

Hosted in a post-industrial setting on Warsaw’s east bank, this year’s gala will feature live entertainment by MORCHEEBA and visiting speaker Percy Montgomery among a string of entertainment and production highlights (see below). Recent special guests at the event include Macy Gray, Kim WildeBonnie TylerHot ChocolateBananarama and Sister Sledge. Always memorable, not to be missed.




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Sound and colour, this year’s entertainment

Headlining act: MORCHEEBA

MORCHEEBA is one of the great UK bands at the forefront of the trip-hop genre rising to prominence in the mid-nineties, touring the world and selling over 10 million albums across two decades including the hit album “Big Calm” and mainstream chart success with singles “The Sea“, “World Looking In” and “Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day“.

Skye has one of the most recognisable voices on the planet and hearing her smooth, effortless tone teamed with Ross’ psychedelic guitar is an unforgettable, spellbinding experience.

The band has just produced its ninth album and is currently touring China., from where they will be flying directly to perform live at this year’s CEEQA Gala. This year’s Gala guests can prepare for something really special.

The Full “Monty”

Amid the South African investment invasion the past couple of years, this year’s Gala guests will be treated to a pep talk by a sporting great on the ingredients of success. Percy Montgomery was the first player in South African rugby history to play 100 Test matches for the national “Springbok” team and a decade after his retirement still holds the record for the most points scored by a Springbok player.

A true legend of the game, he was a Rugby World Cup winner for the national team in 2007 scoring 12 of South Africa’s 15 points in the final against England with four kicks out of four, and was the leading scorer for the tournament, among a host of international and provincial rugby honours and more than 60 playing records set over a 12 year first class rugby career.  He has something to say to all of us about setting goals and achieving them.

Further special guests to be announced shortly, stay tuned.

A further taste of South Africa

Expanding on the African connection, a black gospel choir from the streets of Cape Town as well as one of the country’s most popular event performers will be among us.

Since forming in 2003 as a group of young people from the Khayelitsh area of Cape Town, Inkcubeko Arts & Culture (aka Save Us All) has grown into a movement singing a native form of black gospel music, performing regularly around the streets of Cape Town and in 2015 they were invited to perform at the coronation of the Xhosa King Zwelonke as well as winning the inaugural Victory Gospel Music ‘Breakthrough Clap & Tap Choir’ award.

Jacques Lagesse is a an entertainment legend from Johannesburg whose rich and velvet vocals and captivating renditions of crooner to contemporary rock and pop classics have built his legend in the South African entertainment field.

And there’s more

They will all be joined by some of CEEQA’s regular colourful perpetrators including mime troupe Mimello, and the evening will be rounded off by a live concert by Jimi Ogden and the Lumberjacks.

Following success as a songwriter and arranger of numerous albums and tv commercials from London to Tokyo, British born Ogden has teamed up in Warsaw with respected local musicians to produce a unique, layered fusion of UK and Polish music styles that has swiftly brought Jimi Ogden & the Lumberjacks to the public eye, including recently supporting legendary Polish band T.Love’s final show of their 2017 tour.

The business end

As well as being the climax of the sector’s most prized industry awards, the CEEQA Gala is also the only place to get a real snapshot of its achievements and opportunities, and to meet its serious players.

The awards dinner itself  showcases the year’s most important achievements and achievers, including presentation of the year’s awards in 23 categories.

Once in the door, Gala guests are treated to the finest of everything, from the champagne and vodka martini reception and elegant Belvedere-prepared gala dinner, Mielzynski-selected wines and Moet Hennessy champagnes to the famous CEEQA no-limits after party, its sponsored bars, lounges, entertainments and other special features providing an unrivalled adventure playground in which to mix and  celebrate into the early hours of the morning. Guests are entertained, new relationships forged and future deals struck.

There’s nothing quite like the CEEQA Gala.

Something new, something old

An important change in 2018 is the move to an even more spacious and arguably more attractive location just a few doors down the road from its Soho Factory location for the past five years in the Praga district on Warsaw’s east bank.

Built in the 1950s, the PRASKA DRUKARNIA complex at Minska 65 offers up to 25% more space while retaining the popular post-industrial atmosphere of Soho. A disused, state-owned printing works which in its heyday under Communism was reputedly responsible for the production of more than 100m books, leaflets and posters, the premises has been given over to style sector events and photo shoots for the past few years and has built the technical and management capacity to host an event of the scale of CEEQA.

Transport & accommodation

The CEEQA Shuttle – every 15 minutes from Hotel Bristol to Minska 65

Whether you’re staying at the Hotel Bristol or not you are welcome to take advantage of our special, free of charge CEEQA Shuttle from the Hotel Bristol to the venue at Minska 65 on the evening of the event.

The CEEQA Shuttle runs every 15 minutes between 6.45pm through to 8.15pm on the day of the CEEQA Gala, and takes approximately 10-15 minutes. For further information conact Asia Sobierajska at as@imaginelivemedia.com +48 502 360 088.

Hotel Bristol Warsaw

CEEQA guest package

hotel-bristol-fasada1CEEQA’s partner hotel as always is the exclusive 5-star Hotel Bristol Warsaw a few steps from the famous Old Town and only a few minutes by taxi or CEEQA Shuttle to the gala venue.

Hotel Bristol has served as the city’s most remarkable landmark and distinguished destination since 1901. The hotel enchants with Art Deco elegance from the beginning of the 20th century and luxury finishes. Newly renovated rooms and suites reflect the engaging mix of comfort and discreet elegance, restaurant and bars enchant with exquisite dining experiences and relaxing Pool & Gym area is a perfect resting sanctuary after a tough day.

Bristol Hotel CEEQA Guest offer:
Classic room single occupancy
560 PLN +8 % VAT incl breakfast
Executive room single occupancy
660 PLN +8 % VAT incl breakfast
Phone: +48-22 551 1000 (REF: CEEQA 2018)
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 42/44, Warsaw 00-325, Poland.

Alternative hotels in Central Warsaw

Sheraton Phone: +48-22 450 6100
Mercure Phone: +48-22 583 2100
InterContinental Phone: +48-22 328 8888
Westin Phone: +48-22 450 8000
Polonia Palace Phone: +48-22 318 2800
Hilton Phone: +48-22 356 5555

Looking back on the 2017 edition of CEEQA including highlights of the CEEQA Gala, Jury Dinner and all award winners.


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