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Sydney set for a sizzling summer of arts and culture events

Creative IndustriesCredit: Destination NSW

Jackson Head – Beauty and the Beast, Edward Smith – WICKED, Isabella Manfredi – Great Southern Nights, The Hon. John Graham, Minister for Jobs and Tourism, ARIA Award nominee – Emma Watkins aka Emma Memma, Adam Spencer – SXSW Sydney and the Ikettes, Rebecca Selley, Jayme-Lee Hanekom and Tigist Strode – Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

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Sydney set for a sizzling summer of arts and culture events

Creative Industries Credit: Destination NSW

Jackson Head – Beauty and the Beast, Edward Smith – WICKED, Isabella Manfredi – Great Southern Nights, The Hon. John Graham, Minister for Jobs and Tourism, ARIA Award nominee – Emma Watkins aka Emma Memma, Adam Spencer – SXSW Sydney and the Ikettes, Rebecca Selley, Jayme-Lee Hanekom and Tigist Strode – Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

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Sydney is poised to become a global epicentre of creativity in the coming months, kicking off with South by South West (SXSW) Sydney taking the stage in the Harbour City (15 – 22 October), the first time the festival has been held outside of Austin, Texas since it began in 1987.    

After more than three decades, SXSW has become a launchpad for what's next. The annual week-long festival of festivals is a hotbed for creativity and innovation - it’s a city-wide music festival, futurist think tank, a showcase of the latest games, alongside film and TV world premieres, a next-gen technology expo and a line-up of world changing speakers. Uber and Billie Eilish both emerged there, and Everything Everywhere All At Once premiered.  

As Australia’s only truly global city and gateway for international arrivals, Sydney’s cultural diversity makes it the perfect incubator for creative ingenuity. Sydney also continues to lead the way in tech-innovation, boasting an eclectic creative footprint, ranking second in Asia for fin-tech development, and sixth globally.   

 

Melbourne artist JACOTÉNE performing at SXSW Sydney launch party Credit: Jess Gleeson

Melbourne artist JACOTÉNE performing at SXSW Sydney launch party. @sxswsydney, @jessgleeson, @jacotene

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Melbourne artist JACOTÉNE performing at SXSW Sydney launch party Credit: Jess Gleeson

Melbourne artist JACOTÉNE performing at SXSW Sydney launch party. @sxswsydney, @jessgleeson, @jacotene

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“Straight from Austin, Texas to Sydney, our city will be the centre of the music, screen, gaming and tech world this week as we welcome locals and visitors to enjoy the inaugural SXSW Sydney. I’m very pleased that people attending SXSW will have the chance to see Sydney at its best after dark, soaking up music, ideas, and culture.  It’s the first time this event is being held outside of its Texas origins," said Minister for Jobs and Tourism, the Arts, Music and the Night-time Economy, John Graham. 

“SXSW Sydney will be a game-changing event for NSW. It comes as the Government is about to land the state’s first Creative Industries policy. 

"It is just the beginning of an unrivalled cultural events calendar over the coming months showcasing Sydney’s local talent, creativity, culture and natural beauty that draws people in from across the country and around the world.” 

TINA TURNER THE MUSICAL Credit: Manuel Harlan

Aisha Jawando (Tina Turner) on stage

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TINA TURNER THE MUSICAL Credit: Manuel Harlan

Aisha Jawando (Tina Turner) on stage

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Wicked the musical Credit: Joan Marcus

Glinda, Morrible, Fiyero and the Cast of the Broadway Production of WICKED!

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Wicked the musical Credit: Joan Marcus

Glinda, Morrible, Fiyero and the Cast of the Broadway Production of WICKED!

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Gavin Lee as Lumiere and Courtney Stapleton as Belle lead the company in Disney's Beauty and the Beast Credit: Beauty and the Beast c-o-p-y-r-i-g-h-t Disney

Gavin Lee as Lumiere and Courtney Stapleton as Belle lead the company in Disney's Beauty and the Beast

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Gavin Lee as Lumiere and Courtney Stapleton as Belle lead the company in Disney's Beauty and the Beast Credit: Beauty and the Beast c-o-p-y-r-i-g-h-t Disney

Gavin Lee as Lumiere and Courtney Stapleton as Belle lead the company in Disney's Beauty and the Beast

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Beyond SXSW Sydney, Sydney is set to pulsate with eclectic art exhibitions at our renowned galleries, world class musicals including WICKED, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical and Beauty and The Beast, and top culture and music events like Great Southern Nights and the ARIA Awards, Sydney Festival and the Biennale of Sydney

Blockbuster musicals have been playing to sell out audiences in Sydney with the production of Beauty and the Beast expected to draw more than 107,000 musical lovers to the Harbour City during its Australian premiere season. In addition, WICKED is expected to draw 50,000 visitors during its Sydney run, generating more than $33 million in visitor expenditure for NSW, while creating hundreds of jobs in our arts and hospitality industries. 

Great Southern Nights 2024 is set to deliver more than 300 live gigs in venues across Western Sydney and Sydney’s inner city as well as shows in Wollongong, Wagga, Newcastle, the Northern Rivers and Tamworth. But first, a special ‘taster’ event is hitting venues in November that will feature ten nights of live performances in Western Sydney and the Inner West including Isabella Manfredi, Thelma Plum, Alex The Astronaut, Dami Im, Jet and The Temper Trap. 

Great Southern Nights Credit: Great Southern Nights_Dami Im Isabella Manfredi The Hon John Graham Alex The Astronaut, Annabelle Herd_Waywards Newtown

Great Southern Nights - Taster Media Call 2023. Dami Im, Isabella Manfredi, The Hon John Graham, Alex The Astronaut, Annabelle Herd at Waywards Newtown

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Great Southern Nights Credit: Great Southern Nights_Dami Im Isabella Manfredi The Hon John Graham Alex The Astronaut, Annabelle Herd_Waywards Newtown

Great Southern Nights - Taster Media Call 2023. Dami Im, Isabella Manfredi, The Hon John Graham, Alex The Astronaut, Annabelle Herd at Waywards Newtown

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