News October 18, 2018

Global Cities After Dark forum to unveil NSW parliamentary inquiry data

Global Cities After Dark forum to unveil NSW parliamentary inquiry data
Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore

The data collected so far from the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Music – and what it means to the night time economy – will be one of the keynotes of the Electronic Music Conference’s forum.

It will be presented by Legislative Council member John Graham, who was instrumental in pushing for the inquiry in the first place.

So far the inquiry has travelled through NSW and to Melbourne collecting first-hand evidence from its potential to venues crisis.

It has also heard about the causes – from audiences choosing to stay home, to government regulations banning music.

Last month Graham posted an update on his Facebook page:

“Here’s just one example: the South Dubbo tavern is ‘confined to solos, duos, small cover bands and country and western music.

“That is, we are regulating how many musicians are on stage, saying no to original songwriters, and telling the public they can only hear both kinds of music at this venue – country and western.”

Global Cities After Dark – hosted in partnership with global night mayor advocate Mirik Milan and a vertical of the 2018 Electronic Music Conference – has a number of keynotes, panels and workshops.

Some of them include:

MusicNSW’s Emily Collins hosting “Understanding your city’s creative requirements,”

Building Inclusive Dancefloors by Los Angeles-based Loren Granich, creative director and co-founder of pansexual A Club Called Rhonda on how he built the brand.

City of Detroit’s nighttime ambassador Adrian Tonon hosts the session on identifying a city’s cultural brand to develop compelling stories to promote its experiences and offer.

Sydney lord mayor “in conversation” with Mirik Milan on how Sydney is collaborating with nightlife operators; the importance of incentivising good operators; and how Amsterdam rewarded good nightlife operators to influence policy, resulting in positive action.

Amanda Maxwell’s keynote Collaboration And Influence Within Communities will explore the theme of collaboration and its necessity within nightlife, drawing on her experience working with Shesaid.so – a worldwide curated network of women who work in the music industry.

Hayley Child, creator of ‘Ask For Angela’ will reflect on her personal experiences of sexual violence after dark, and explore how the changing nature of dating, and in particular the emerging popularity of online dating has presented new risks.

The 16-strong Sydney nightlife and creative sector advisory panel chair Kerri Glasscock provides an update on what it has achieved since it was assembled in May 2018 to assist the to understand firsthand the challenges and opportunities facing the city’s night-time economy.

Global Cities After Dark runs from 8:30am – 7:30pm on Tuesday, November 13 with a welcome event and city tour the day before.

Full complete list of sessions and speakers, head to the official Global Cities After Dark website.

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