Join the discussion about the future of Sydney’s night-time economy as Global Cities After Dark, in partnership with the City of Sydney, NSW Government through Create NSW, and The Ticket Fairy hosts a forum and post-lockout workshop to devise a 10-year plan for Sydney.

The forum takes place on Friday, 15 November and will feature a strong line-up of speakers, including international author, speaker and the Founder of the Creative Cities Index, Charles Landry.

Opening the event, Landry’s keynote ‘From a ‘No, because’ to a ‘Yes, if’ culture: How can our bureaucracies be more creative?’ explores the human perspectives at the heart of our city’s systems.

Landry said his keynote will highlight “how bureaucracies created solely in pursuit of efficiency are extraordinarily wasteful of time and talent, and why creative bureaucracies engage people so that they maximise their potential and elevate their energy”.

Also announced on the program is a Post Lockout Plan for Sydney group workshop.

Organisers said: “With strong indications that 2020 will herald a repeal of the lockout laws, this group workshop focuses on how local businesses and communities can build and retain a diverse, safe, inclusive and thriving nightlife in Sydney. The workshop will focus on three key timelines including one year, five years and 10 years post-lockouts.

“The 2019 Global Cities After Dark program delivers an integrated experience, drawing on the collective knowledge, expertise and real-life experience of not just the international speakers (who will be joined by domestic experts), but also the forum attendees.

“Framed by three themes – Content and Culture; Creative Space and City Planning; and Policy/Framework and Education – the 2019 forum features keynotes from six international experts, as well as “deep dive” workshops, breakout sessions and a hypothetical, focused on harm minimisation.”

As well as Landry other speakers at the event include the City of Sydney’s Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel co-chair Kerri Glasscock; AHA’s John Green; Detective Superintendent Stacey Maloney from NSW Police; Art Pharmacy’s Emilya Colliver; James Winter from Brand X; Night Time Industries Association’s Michael Rodrigues; Left Bank Co’s Michelle Tabet and Property Council’s Will Power will guide three groups through these different timelines of Sydney’s nightlife rebuild.

Program highlights include:

Global Cities After Dark 2019 keynotes:

  • ‘From a ‘No, because’ to a ‘Yes, if’ culture: How can our bureaucracies be more creative?’ – Charles Landry (UK)
  • ‘Planning for Creativity – Policies to protect San Fran’s $6 billion nightlife’ – Ben Van Houten (San Francisco)
  • ‘Balancing Risk & Pleasure’ – Judith Noijen (Amsterdam)
  • ‘From DIY TO WTF’ – House of Yes (New York)
  • ‘CityScope for future nightlife precincts’ – Professor Gesa Ziemer & Holger Prang, HafenCity University of Hamburg

Global Cities After Dark 2019 workshops & breakout sessions:

  • Workshop: ‘Post Lockout Plan for Sydney’
  • ‘Hypothetical: Drugs, Just Say Know’
  • Workshop: ‘Complaint Culture – how to manage challenges with noise and sound’
  • Breakout Session: ‘Organised Chaos’ – team solutions

More information about the program, speakers and tickets is available on the Global Cities After Dark website.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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