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2019 CEEQA Gala

The annual CEEQA Gala needs no introduction, the sector’s most anticipated flagship market gathering and showcase event held in Warsaw each spring. Attended by nearly 900 business leaders from more than 50 countries, the event’s unique blend of leadership level business value and networking as the climax of the sector’s most prized industry awards, combined with world class hospitality, production and entertainment, are unparalleled.

CEEQA’s reputation as one of European real estate’s most valued gatherings never disappoints, from the glamour of the champagne reception and gala dinner to the legendary CEEQA afterparty including bars, bands and other entertainments, and the calibre of business and sector leaders attending.

The 2018 edition saw Skanska and CBRE dominate the awards and world class production highlights and entertainment by, among others, UK band Morcheeba, South African “Springbok” rugby legend Percy Montgomery, a gospel choir from the streets of Cape Town and Jimi Ogden & The Lumberjacks, read the full CEEQA 2018 Review >>

2019 Entertainment

Iconic band THE BOOMTOWN RATS led by frontman Bob Geldof together with original band members Garry Roberts, Peter Briquette and Simon Crowe to headline the live entertainment at this year’s CEEQA Gala on 15 May in Warsaw.

The Boomtown Rats exploded out of rural Ireland in the late 70s with post-punk era defining chart hits I Don’t Like Mondays, Rat Trap, Diamond Smiles and Banana Republic, and the band’s frontman Bob Geldof dominated TV screens and global consciousness in the mid-eighties and beyond with his Band Aid, Live Aid and Commission for Africa projects in response to a ravaging drought and famine in Ethiopia in 1984, and subsequent Live 8 concerts in 2005, their success catapulting him to global icon status. In 2013 the band stormed the Isle of Wight Festival stage and what was meant to be a brief “regrouping” turned into the ‘The Rats’ triumphant second coming! Read more here.

Don’t miss it for the world!

Watch this space for announcements of further entertainment highlights, don’t miss it for the world!


SAVE THE DATE / TICKETS: The 2019 edition takes place on 15th May, Minska 65, Warsaw from 7pm. Tickets for the event are available including ticket and package prices on our Book Tickets page, or email us at info@ceeqa.com. Tickets are always in high demand so we advise to book early to avoid disappointment.


PARTNER HOTEL: Raffles Europejski Warsaw

We’re pleased to present guests with discounted rates at our accommodation partner hotel for CEEQA 2019, the newly opened Raffles Europejski Warsaw. The discount applies only to bookings for dates including the day of the event on 15th May 2019:

  • Deluxe Room 995 pln + vat
  • Raffles Room 1175 pln + vat

Rates includes breakfast and internet.  Free cancelation until 30.04.2019
When making your booking please use the reference CEEQA 2019.

One of the truly grand  and storied hotels of Warsaw, the hotel recently joined the prestigious international Raffles collection following extensive renovations to welcome in a new chapter in its extraordinary history spanning 161 years.  In the heart of the city, neighbouring the cobbled streets of the Old Town, 106 timelessly elegant rooms and suites come alive mixing bespoke furniture, oak floors a corner library and carefully curated Hotel Europejski Art Collection. The signature restaurant Europejski Grill features modern Polish and international classics. In the legendary Long Bar, the best of the world’s cocktails come to Warsaw while Humidor invites guests to savour spirits and cigars and at the Lourse Warszawa patisserie, a century-old heritage is celebrated with the best cakes and pastries in the city. Raffles Spa with six treatment rooms features rejuvenating treatments, inspired by Asian, Middle Eastern and European traditions.


We’re pleased to recommend two hotels in close proximity to the CEEQA partner hotel for ease of arrangements and access to the CEEQA Shuttle for the Gala:

Hotel Bristol Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście 42/44, 00-325 Warszawa, Poland
Tel. ++48 22 551 10 00 • Email • Website

Sofitel Victoria Hotel
Krolewska 11, 00-065 Warszawa, Poland
Tel. +48 22 657 80 11 • Email • Website


Are we guaranteed to be on the short list if we entered or buy a Gala table?
No. We have worked hard with Deloitte over many years to create and sustain a truly trustable and fair industry awards for the sector where only hard business results count and no favours are shown in any way, unlike 99% of industry awards. That was our aim, along with building the best business event in history. If that doesn’t suit you then by all means go somewhere else 🙂 

Is it compulsory to buy a Gala ticket to enter the awards?
Not at all, the awards are total free entry without any hooks, if entrants would like to attend the Gala in case of success, we’ll be pleased to assist. Full info on our Book Tickets page.

Do short-listed candidates get free or discounted Gala tickets?
As a rule, no. The awards are free to enter but not everything can be free, we hope the appeal and value of the CEEQA Gala speaks for itself after 16 years – and particularly for short-listed entrants. However we do make some exceptions for local companies that have never been short-listed before, just email us at info@ceeqa.com to enquire. 

How many seats at a table? 
Usually ten seats per table, however we can make exceptions for 11 guests with sufficient notice if an additional ticket is purchased. We don’t recommend at all trying 12 seats at a table.

If we buy a company table can we bring an advertising roll-up?
Absolutely no. Not even our biggest commercial sponsors and partners are allowed to bring roll-ups, which is what has kept the aesthetic and mood of the CEEQA Gala uniquely special.

If we buy an individual ticket, or a few individual tickets but not a whole table, where will we be seated?
You will be placed at a mixed table with care and sensitivity to your networking needs. Sponsored tables naturally get preferential location to mixed tables, and we reserve the right to seat guests appropriately according to date of booking, etc, however as we know almost everyone in the market well and who they would prefer – or prefer not – to site next to, we tend to get it right and have had very few complaints over 16 years.

What is the schedule/itinerary of the evening?
It’s very simple – the Champagne Reception starts at 7pm, followed by the Dinner & Awards Ceremony around 8.30pm, followed by the famous CEEQA After-Party from 10.30pm approx. until late. Very late.

What time does the event start?
As is widely advertised the doors open at 7pm on 15th May for the Champagne Reception, we recommend arriving before 7.30pm to avoid a scrum at coat check and registration. 

What time does the awards ceremony start?
Dinner starts at 8.30pm approx. and the awards ceremony is run concurrently during dinner, we strongly recommend arriving well before as the Champagne Reception is something not to be missed, as much as the famous CEEQA afterparty.

What time does the event end?
Very late. Certainly not before 3am.

Who will be the headline entertainer in 2019?
This year’s headline entertainers are the iconic “New Wave” band THE BOOMTOWN RATS led by frontman and global icon Bob Geldof! Read here for more information and visit our CEEQA Gala page. Further entertainment and production highlights to be announced shortly on the CEEQA Gala page.

Who performed last year? Watch this:



Cee Markets:

Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine

See Markets:

Albania, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia

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