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IFEA World Festival And Event City Award : IFEA World Festival And Event City Award
5.8 HIgHLIgHTINg OR DEVELOPINg uNDER-uSED VENuES OR SECTIONS OF THE COmmuNITY Sydney capitalises on its city assets and diverse community, creating unique experiences which add value to the event proposition and which are becoming a competitive advantage for Sydney. In March 2012, Sydney itself, with the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the city skyline as the backdrop, is becoming the stage for La Traviata: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. The Opera, on a floating stage complete with a giant chandelier, is set to become a global spectacular attracting opera lovers and tourists from around the world. Cockatoo Island, a former convict prison and shipyard on Sydney Harbour, was one of the islands Sydneysiders and visitors “hopped” between as part of Crave Sydney International Food Festival - Sydney Harbour Island Hopping. This year the island will host the finale of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour with the gritty industrial spaces taken over by the gravity-defying dirt bike devils with Sydney Harbour as the backdrop. Parramasala, the Australian Festival of South Asian Arts, brings together a confluence of cultural backgrounds and artistic ideas. Parramatta was specifically chosen as the epicentre of Australia’s South Asian population and is showcased as a vibrant, multi- cultural and creative centre as well as a great place to live, invest and work. Overtime, the festival will help to raise the profile of Parramatta as a dynamic contemporary city with a busy business and social scene. The City of Sydney is breathing life back into City Centre laneways and reactivating hidden, under-used city spaces. The Laneways Revitalisation Strategy responds to the community’s desire for a more vibrant, cultural, lively and connected city centre13. Working closely with local businesses, the arts community and the broader community, Laneway projects are expected to bring significant economic benefits, including increased local patronage and tourism, while emerging artists will have new venues to showcase their talents. Arts NSW is currently reviewing a number of the public theatre venues, public galleries and exhibition spaces, rehearsal and artist spaces, artist studios and outdoor facilities and spaces which can be used for major cultural events14. The review involves: • An audit of existing cultural infrastructure in inner Sydney • National and international benchmarking of Sydney’s cultural facilities • An analysis of the gaps in current infrastructure • Modelling of possible scenarios for future investment in cultural facilities. The review will inform the planning and development of arts and cultural facilities in Sydney, including the development of Barangaroo and the redevelopment of Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay into an Arts Precinct (adjacent to Sydney Theatre Company). 13http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/ 14http://www.arts.nsw.gov.au/ Image: Opera on Sydney Harbour; Artist Impression Images left to right: Parramasala 2010 credit: Jamie Williams Photography / ICE 90 | IFEA WORLD FESTIVAL AND EVENT CITY AWARD |91