International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has announced the introduction of a new dedicated Creative Industries stream to its Legacy Programme. The new stream will give a platform for showcasing Australia’s home-grown talent and also offer support to the next generation of creative leaders.
Clients and their delegates now have an extra opportunity to collaborate with Sydney and New South Wales’ thriving creative economy, through a range of stimulating arts and cultural encounters.
The programme aims to cultivate a lasting legacy working with cultural institutions and colleges to engaging new talent for event performances and connecting with festival programmes, including VIVID and Sydney Festival.
ICC Sydney has partnered with Dinosaur Designs, to produce some bespoke Sydney gifts and handmade award trophies.
The Creative Industries stream complements the Legacy Programme’s existing four core streams – Innovators & Entrepreneurs, Generation Next, First Australians and Sustainable Events, and is expected to drive long-term social, economic and environment outcomes, which are both meaningful and measurable.
ICC Sydney CEO, Geoff Donaghy said the venue was proud of its progress to date and expanding its support for creative industries would help invigorate client event programmes, while accelerating opportunities for a broader segment of the community.
“We are delighted with the reception of our Legacy Programme over the past 12 months, including strong traction with Professional Conference Organisers and association groups in particular. Just some of the highlights include significant uptake of authentic Welcome to Countries, Darling Harbour precinct tours with respected elder Aunty Margret and the depth of student and startup engagement at Sibos.”
Donaghy added that now the venue was turning its focus to the region’s growing creative economy his team was looking forward to formalising its connections “to deliver tangible commercial outcomes for the creative industries while reinforcing Sydney’s reputation as a vibrant and diverse city and ensuring authentic, entertaining experiences for our clients and their patrons.”
Talent Development Project’s CEO, Kim Lemke said Sydney has an especially strong calibre of talent and applauded the programme’s introduction.
“We helped the ICC Sydney team during its critical opening period to host an official test event and the venue continues to regularly book our students for pre-show and intermission entertainment. It is gratifying to deepen our three-year partnership by introducing incredibly talented local artists, performers and musicians to ICC Sydney’s clients to share their skills with the rest of the world.”