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IFEA World Festival And Event City Award : IFEA World Festival And Event City Award
Examples of events actively recruited – procured, won or created – to Sydney include: New in 2012/13 • Badminton Australian Open Grand Prix Gold from 2012 (relocating from Melbourne) • Opera on Sydney Harbour – La Traviata in March 2012, and then annual season • Legally Blonde The Musical – Australian Premiere 2012 • Addams Family The Musical – Australian Premiere 2013 • Strictly Ballroom The Musical – World Premiere Musicals 2013 • Annie (Musical) 2012 • World Firefighters Games New in 2011 • Richard III – Exclusive to Sydney • Harry Potter: The Exhibition • Finale of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour • Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris and Rafael Lozano- Hemmer’s exhibition “Recorders” (Sydney International Art Series) • Mary Poppins The Musical • Dr Zhivago A New Musical – World Premiere • AFI Awards – in Sydney after eight years in Melbourne • The Big Issues Street Footbal Festival – 2011-2015 Other new events • Vivid Sydney – a festival of light, music and ideas – third edition • The Sydney Morning Herald Crave Sydney International Food Festival • Parramasala – Australian Festival of South Asian Art • Sydney International Art Series, bringing the world’s most extraordinary art exhibitions to Australia, exclusively to Sydney. – Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life 1990 -2005 – The first Emperor: China’s entombed warrior’s • Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Sydney • Sydney International FIFA Fan FestTM 2010 (Sydney was Australia and Asia’s exclusive Official FIFA Fan FestTM City for 2010 FIFA World Cup) • Top Gear Live • Edinburgh Military Tattoo • Ben Hur: The Stadium Spectacular • Champions Tour Downunder • NSW International Cycling Grand Prix Series • MasterChef Live • Take your Time – OlafurEliasson at the MCA • Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival • ARIA Hall of Fame (the entire ARIA program is now in Sydney with the finale at Sydney Opera House) • IF Awards • Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) Conference • X Media Lab – Global Media Ideas • Jersey Boys – The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons • Wicked The Musical – extended season And looking forward • Bledisloe Cup – annually in Sydney for ten years through 2021 • Australian Open of Surfing, Manly 2013, 2014 • FIFA World Cup qualifiers – the lion’s share in Sydney through Brasil 2014 • NRL Grand Final – locked into Sydney for ten years (with State of Origin every year) • AFL – annual blockbusters Swans v Collingwood • Australian Open Golf – secured preferred dates this year, and will have strongest field in recent memory • Touch Football World Cup 2015 (and annual national championships between from 2011) • Netball World Championships 2015 • AFC Asian Cup 2015 (major matches in Sydney) Images left to right: Opera on Sydney Harbour; Artist Impression; Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour; Vivid Sydney 2011; Dextro Energy 2011 Sydney ITU World Championship Series credit: Barry Alsop Wide Eyes Open Images Legally Blonde – The Musical, original London cast; Ellie Kurttz; The Diamonds win the World Netball Championships, courtesy of Netball Australia; Bledisloe Cup courtesy of Australian Rugby Union Ltd; Action Photographics credit: Col Whelan, www.actionphoto.com.au 102 | IFEA WORLD FESTIVAL AND EVENT CITY AWARD | 103