Celebrating Excellence in Global Live Events

The 2023 Call for Entries is now open! Applications close on June 09, 2023.


What are the Esprit Awards?

The Esprit Awards are presented and owned by the International Live Events Association (ILEA) to recognize and award the most outstanding live events in the industry each year. The 2023 Esprit Awards include 16 categories recognizing all aspects of live events, from planning to production, from design to event. The Esprit Awards program is the most inclusive and prestigious international awards program for professionals engaged in the industry of live events.

What is different about the 2023 Esprit Awards?

In one word, everything. Compared to previous years, the Esprit Awards are completely different in every aspect. With new software updates, more resources for applicants and improved technology, the submission process for the Esprit Awards has never been easier. While maintaining its prestige, the Esprit Awards has made its submission process more streamlined and more inclusive to entrants across the live events industry. Additionally, the Esprit Awards has dedicated staff to help facilitate the entry process and answer any questions. On top of that, this year's Esprit Awards Celebration will be bigger, better, and bolder than ever before - we're thrilled to announce it will be live and in-person!

Why should I apply to the 2023 Esprit Awards?

Applying for an Esprit Award means that your event is worthy of being recognized on an international level. Winning an Esprit Award means that you join an elite group of professionals who have taken the industry to the next level. Past winners of an Esprit Award have been given more opportunities, more credibility in the industry and more recognition after winning their award. Applying is easy and the potential benefits of winning are invaluable.

Read the path to success from previous Esprit Award Winners:

Submitting an Award Winning Event

"You Miss 100% of the Shots You Don't Take"

What the Esprit Awards Can Do For You

Continuing this year, ILEA has opened the Esprit Awards program to our entire community of events professionals and events industry organizations.

Where will the Esprit Awards Celebration take place?  

Drum roll, please! We are thrilled to announce this year's Esprit Awards Celebration will take place in connection with the ILEA Leadership & Education Conference at The St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio. This event will be live and in-person! 

Get ready to raise a glass to the talented individuals who are shaping the future of our industry while enjoying the unbeatable energy of this spectacular celebration. Register today and join us on August 10th - this is an event you won't want to miss! 


A hotel block is being provided at the historical St. Anthony Hotel-A Luxury Collection. Don't forget to book your hotel room before July 4th!