Sri Lankans stand tall at Spikes Asia 2019

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Phoenix Ogilvy Group’s Hansaka Wickramasinghe and Dinali Rajapakse

The creative contingent from Sri Lanka stole the limelight at the Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity 2019 in Singapore recently, sweeping all facets of the competition at the student, young professionals, creativity and jury level, bringing glory to Sri Lanka at the biggest festival for marketing communications in Asia Pacific.

A world-class three-day celebration of creativity, the Spikes Asia Festival offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of learning and networking for creative communications professionals across the region. Nine young professionals and one tertiary student from Sri Lanka’s advertising, PR and design industries represented the country at the annual Young Spikes 2019 competition which is considered to be the Asian games for the advertising industry.

This opportunity to participate in the prestigious regional competition was facilitated by Metal Factor, a personal initiative spearheaded by veteran ad personality Ranil de Silva, in a bid to give back to the marketing communications industry.

Metal Factor aims to help Sri Lanka’s advertising industry achieve its ambition of achieving world-class standards and gain global recognition for the industry’s talented professionals and creativity. Metal Factor’s initiatives are focused on benefiting the youth and the industry as a whole in meaningful ways. It plays a crucial role in developing the next generation of creative leaders by selecting promising young professionals to represent the country at the world’s most prestigious festivals, which not only gives the youth valuable global exposure but also showcases local creative talent.

Metal Factor has realized its vision – with this triumph of the Sri Lankan industry at the Spikes Asia 2019. Anusha Wijeyaratne – Creative Consultant, Phoenix Ogilvy & Mather, was selected to sit on the Outdoor and Radio & Audio Jury at Spikes Asia 2019. Creating history, she was also invited to serve on the Glass jury, a first for a Sri Lankan. As one of Sri Lanka’s foremost creative directors, Anusha has been responsible for some award winning creative campaigns throughout her career.

Mr. Ranil said, “Anusha is one of Sri Lanka’s most talented creative leaders. I strongly believe that there are very few English based Creative Directors of her caliber in Sri Lanka. She is also an exemplary professional right down to her fingertips”.

The Spikes Asia 2019 Young Spikes Gold winners were two young professionals from Phoenix Ogilvy Group’s Hansaka Wickramasinghe and Dinali Rajapakse brought glory to the Sri Lankan communications industry by winning Gold in the ‘Media’ category. Competing against 12 teams from across Asia Pacific, they were successful in securing the Gold metal.

Maheshi Dunuwilage and Shahan Fernando, from NGage Strategic Alliance won the Bronze Award in the Young Spikes PR Competition for presenting a PR campaign for eco-tourism. In addition, Sathira Perera of the University of Moratuwa walked away with the Gold for the Student Creative Award for Print for his poster design. Kokuladason Biruthiviranjan from University of Moratuwa was chosen from several student portfolios that were reviewed by the festival to attend the Cheil Academy at Spikes Asia 2019.

TBWA was the most awarded agency at Spikes Asia 2019, taking home one Gold, two Silver and two Bronze awards for Aura’s ‘Aliya Incense Barricade’ – elephant repellent incense sticks that help maintain a safe distance between rural villages and elephants. Triad also won Silver and Bronze metal at Spikes Asia 2019 for its Life Chant campaign, launched in partnership with the Public Health Department of the Colombo Municipal Council.

Commenting enthusiastically on this year’s performance of Sri Lanka’s marketing communications industry Ranil de Silva, the Sri Lankan Representative for the Spikes Asia Festival said, “It is indeed a moment of pride for me personally, and for the Sri Lankan industry and for the nation as a whole to have been applauded across every level of competition at Spikes this year. I extend my heartiest congratulations to all the winners of the competitions and the agencies for their haul of metals. Their triumph reaffirms my determination to take Sri Lanka to the global stage of creative leadership. I have been committed for the last 10+ years to promote our talented young professionals through Metal Factors, to elevate their creative potential on a wider platform. Metal factor is an initiative I have personally created to give back to the industry which has given me so much of joy, recognition and rewards”.

The Spikes Asia Festival is the region’s oldest and most prestigious event that recognizes the best work in the categories of Film, Print, Outdoor, Radio, Digital, Direct, Promo and Activations, Media, Design, Poster, Craft, Integrated, Mobile and PR. A collaboration between the organizers of the Cannes Lions Festival and Haymarket, the Spikes Asia Festival provides the region’s rapidly growing creative and advertising industry with an opportunity to network, exchange ideas and think creatively. The festival serves as an important platform, which not only recognizes the best work in the region, but also brings together Asia Pacific’s leading creative thinkers and brightest young professionals.