Global Event Forum


The Global Event Forum, taking place 15-16 August in Denver, CO, highlights global industry engagement by bringing together high-level influential international live and special event professionals from corporate, association, sport, wedding and live event production backgrounds. Representatives meet in a “G-20” style environment to debate and discuss relevant topics impacting the live events industry globally, including industry value and advocacy.

The 2018 Global Event Forum builds off of the conversations started at the Global Event Summit in Scotland in 2016.

Presented by Giants Enterprises


This group of invite-only live event influencers will participate in a series of facilitated dialogue sessions addressing topics such as:

  • Future of the live events industry
  • Pricing models
  • Legacy events
  • Event safety and security

Sessions will identify key takeaways to improve the future of the live events industry, identify opportunities and challenges live event professionals need to prepare for, and foster global sharing of ideas and innovations.

Day 1 - Wednesday, 15 August 

Arrivals Morning / Early Afternoon  
Global Event Forum Program 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Sheraton Denver
Welcome Reception 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  To be announced
Dinner 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  To be announced

Day 2 - Thursday, 16 August

Transfer 7:45 a.m.  Sheraton Denver
Breakfast 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.  Denver Botanic Gardens
Global Event Forum Program 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Denver Botanic Gardens
Lunch 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.  Denver Botanic Gardens
Global Event Forum Program 12:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Denver Botanic Gardens
Transfer 5:15 p.m.  Denver Botanic Gardens
ILEA Live VIP Reception
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  To be announced
ILEA Live Opening Event
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  History Colorado Center

Day 3 - Friday, 17 August (Optional)

All Global Event Forum participants are encouraged to attend ILEA Live, 16-18 August in Denver to continue the conversation. 

Breakfast and Keynote 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  Sheraton Denver
ILEA Live Programming
9:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Sheraton Denver
ILEA Annual General Meeting & Global Event Forum Panel 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Sheraton Denver
Esprit Awards Reception
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Wings Over the Rockies
Esprit Awards Gala
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  Wings Over the Rockies
Esprit Awards After Party
10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.  Wings Over the Rockies

Day 4 - Saturday, 18 August (Optional) 

Breakfast 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.   Sheraton Denver
ILEA Live Programming
9:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Sheraton Denver

Subject to change

Travel & Accommodations 

The Global Event Forum will take place at the Sheraton Denver. Your attendance includes two nights hotel stay, food & beverages.

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
1550 Court Place
Denver, CO 80202 USA

ILEA recommends arriving in Denver the morning of Wednesday, 15 August and departing the morning of Friday, 17 August. Should you plan to extend your trip to attend ILEA Live, ILEA recommends departing Denver the evening of Saturday, 18 August. 

Additional Sponsors



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