ICC Sydney unveils dedicated creative industries stream to showcase homegrown talent

International Convention Centre Sydney has announced the introduction of a new dedicated creative industries stream to its legacy programme, to showcase Australia’s home-grown talent on the global stage and support the next generation of creative leaders.

This additional focus expands on ICC Sydney’s existing programme and connections, providing clients and their delegates with the opportunity to collaborate with Sydney and New South Wales’ thriving creative economy, through a diverse range of arts and cultural encounters.

The programme will actively work to cultivate a legacy from fostering support for Sydney’s emerging and established artists through cultural institutions and colleges.

 New talent will also be engaged for event performances from Talent Development Project and a connection with festival programmes including VIVID and the Sydney Festival.

ICC Sydney CEO, Geoff Donaghy said the venue is proud of its progress to date and expanding its support for creative industries will help invigorate client event programmes, while accelerating opportunities for a broader segment of the community.

Donaghy said: “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 continued that the venue is now turning its focus to the region’s growing creative economy, he said: “Our team is looking forward to formalising our 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.”

ICC Sydney has partnered with Dinosaur Designs, maker of Australian homewares, to create bespoke Sydney gifts and handmade award trophies in their signature style.

The creative industries stream has been curated to complement the Legacy Programme’s four core streams – Innovators & Entrepreneurs, Generation Next, First Australians and Sustainable Events and to drive long-term social, economic and environment outcomes, which are both meaningful and measurable.

Talent development project’s CEO, Kim Lemke said Sydney has an especially strong calibre of talent and applauded the programme’s introduction.

Lemke said: “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.”

Sydney Festival executive director, Chris Tooher praised ICC Sydney for its dedication to the cultural and creative growth of the local region.

Tooher said: “ICC Sydney sits right on the doorstep of our city’s bourgeoning creative industries and plays an integral role in raising Sydney’s global reputation for artistic excellence.

“This initiative to build enriching cultural experiences into events programmes will make a significant contribution to the sector.”