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IFEA World Festival And Event City Award : IFEA World Festival And Event City Award
1.2 PRImARY FESTIVAL AND EVENT VENuES The diverse range of indoor and outdoor venues provides Sydney with the facilities and environment to host festivals and events on all scales. The city constantly delivers new venues and ideas to showcase Sydney as a diverse and vibrant events city. Support Material 1: Sydney’s primary indoor and outdoor festival and event venues. Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA) is responsible for managing and developing the 640 hectares that comprise Sydney Olympic Park and maintaining it as a lasting legacy for the people of NSW. The Park has rapidly developed into an important urban centre and built on its legacy as a premier destination for sporting, entertainment and cultural activities and one of Australia’s largest urban parklands4. 4http://www.sopa.nsw.gov.au/ The Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Football Stadium and ANZ Stadium are three of the largest stadiums in Sydney. ANZ Stadium, built for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, has a capacity of 83,500. It has been host to hundreds of world class sporting and entertainment events and will be home to one of sport’s most historic trans- Tasman rivalries, the Bledisloe Cup, for the next ten years The Lyric, Capital and State Theatres are places locals and visitors can escape and watch some of the worlds most loved art forms. In the last 12 months Sydney has been chosen for the premieres of musicals such as Doctor Zhivago, Legally Blonde, The Addams Family and Strictly Ballroom – reaffirming its status as the number one live performance destination in Australia. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and The Art Gallery of NSW are two of the most prominent museums in Sydney. In 2010 they joined together for the first time to host the Sydney International Art Series bringing some of the world’s most sought after art and exhibitions to Sydney each and every year. Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens racecourses together host the newly rebranded Sydney Carnival each year. Sydney’s iconic assets are an integral part of its festivals and events. The world-famous Sydney Opera House is key to the success of Vivid Sydney, the city’s annual festival of light, music and ideas, featuring the illumination of the iconic sails – a spectacular vision that is captured and distributed by media across the globe. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is host to the world famous New Year’s Eve and transforms into a unique picnic table for locals and visitors to enjoy Breakfast on the Bridge. The city’s outdoor venues with their spectacular backdrops are the perfect environment for both local and international events. La Traviata: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship and Australian Open of Surfing are great examples of events which capitalise on the city’s outdoor lifestyle and beautiful natural venue locations. The city constantly delivers new venues and ideas to showcase Sydney as a diverse and vibrant events city. Images left to right: Sydney Olympic Stadium; Legally Blonde – The Musical, Original London cast; Ellie Kurttz; Beachley Classic 17 | IFEA WORLD FESTIVAL AND EVENT CITY AWARD |18