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BUSINESS EVENTS TURBOCHARGED ACROSS NSW

A total of 27 business events across NSW will receive grants of up to $30,000, helping to turbocharge local economies and create more jobs across the State. 

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said while it has been incredibly tough for the business events sector, now was the time to rebuild business confidence and kick-start momentum across the industry.

EVENT MANAGEMENT SCHOLARSHIPS UP FOR GRABS

Up and coming event managers living across the State will have the opportunity to benefit from one of 18 scholarships funded by the NSW Government and delivered in partnership with Meetings and Events Australia.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the scholarships are a fantastic opportunity for anyone wanting to upskill and achieve their career goals within the events industry.

Sydney Solstice To Bring A New Dawn To Harbour City

The new winter event series Sydney Solstice launches today and will bring thousands of people into the Harbour City over the next 13 days and nights.

Created by the NSW Government and managed by Destination NSW, Sydney Solstice will continue to revitalise Sydney’s CBD and surrounding precincts through the staging of 200-plus events in more than 150 venues.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the NSW Government was committed to the revitalisation of Sydney CBD.

AFL’S BIG FREEZE COMING TO SYDNEY THIS QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY

The NSW Government is partnering with the AFL to host the blockbuster Queen’s Birthday clash between Collingwood and Melbourne at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The significant match will be played in COVID-safe conditions at the SCG on Monday 14 June, while the incredibly popular Big Freeze fundraising platform for Motor Neurone Disease will also take on a distinct Sydney style.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said Sydney would be a perfect backdrop for this important AFL fixture.

MORE CYCLISTS TO PEDAL INTO THE SNOWIES FOR NEW GRAN FONDO EVENT

Local businesses in the Snowy Mountains will reap the tourism and economic benefits of a new Grand Fondo-style cycling event that has been secured for five years from 2022 by the NSW Government.

Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the Snowy Mountains has become known as an iconic cycling destination so to have secured the Snowy Classic for a five-year period was a massive coup for the region.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR VIVID SYDNEY 2021

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR VIVID SYDNEY 2021

Tickets are on sale to more than 150 events across the Vivid Sydney 2021 program, including thought-provoking talks, the unexpected meeting of minds and renegade musical performances.

Don’t miss out on the headline talks from Vivid Ideas Game Changers, underground music acts in unique venues and locations across the CBD, plus the invigorating New Horizons Program and sessions at the Vivid Ideas Exchange.

BUSINESS NSW UNVEILS TOP TOURISM TOWN AWARD WINNERS

Berrima and Mudgee have been named NSW’s Top Tourism Towns, voted by the public and an industry panel as the top destinations for an outstanding visitor experience.

The Southern Highlands and country NSW favourites today were crowned winners of the inaugural awards by Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres at the Local Government NSW Destination and Visitor Economy Conference underway in Port Macquarie.

VIVID SYDNEY 2021 PROGRAM UNVEILED

FLOATING LIGHT-WALK ON COCKLE BAY IS A FESTIVAL FIRST; 
GAME-CHANGERS MAGDA SZUBANSKI & JAMEELA JAMIL HEADLINE VIVID IDEAS; 
SIGNIFICANT ABORIGINAL ARTWORK YARRKALPA - HUNTING GROUND, 2021 ANIMATED FOR SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE LIGHTING OF THE SAILS; 
MIA RODRIGUEZ, KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD AND NGAIIRE TO ROCK 
VIVID MUSIC;
PLUS MUSIC & IDEAS EVENTS AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE

2021 program announcement video content and images are available here

VIVID SYDNEY 2021 PROGRAM TO TRANSFORM HARBOUR CITY

Vivid Sydney 2021 will invigorate the Harbour City this August, with an innovative floating light walk, widespread celebration of Aboriginal culture and themes of resilience and diversity throughout.

Sydneysiders and visitors are invited to join the celebration of creativity, innovation and technology as one COVID-safe community from 6 to 28 August.

162 MUSIC VENUES TO RECEIVE BOOST THROUGH $24 MILLION LIVE MUSIC SUPPORT PACKAGE

New South Wales remains the home of live music with 162 live music venues in Sydney and NSW receiving an injection of funds through the NSW Government’s $24 million Live Music Support Package.

The program will help assist 85 Sydney venues and 77 regional NSW venues that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 related restrictions over the past year to survive through the pandemic.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the benefits of this initiative would be far-reaching.

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