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Jul 14, 2016

An Australian Event Symposium special edition

In this edition, we'll catch you up with all the latest from the Australian Event Symposium, to be held on the Sunshine Coast on 22-23 September, plus a few words from a couple of our Event Awards partners.


Day 1: Eight Creative Directors

Day 1 of the Symposium will feature Creative Directors from some of Australia's most significant events, speaking on the inspiration behind their work:

  • Vivid Sydney Creative Director, Ignatius Jones
  • White Night Melbourne Creative Director, Andrew Walsh
  • Woodford Folk Festival General Manager, Amanda Jackes
  • Ten Days on the Island Creative Director, David Malacari
  • Santos Tour Down Under Event Manager, Sally Heading and Joanne Chadwick, Business Operations Manager from Events South Australia
  • Tennis Australia Director of Events, Tom Larner
  • JB World Events Executive Producer, Julie Brooks
  • Master Event Designer and Event Specialist at Lena Malouf Consultancy, Lena Malouf, CSEP, AIFD

More about Day 1 presenters

Day 2: Skills sessions

There will be 18 skills-based sessions on Day 2 of the Symposium, dealing with topics including social media, sponsorship, crowd safety, event security, volunteer management, destination marketing, building brands through events and marketing on a shoestring.

The focus on Day 2 will be on strong takeaway value for delegates, providing skills and strategies which can be applied to their own work in the industry.

More about Day 2 sessions

The social side

It's not all speakers and skills at the Symposium. We've got plenty of other activities in store for delegates.

The Event Awards on Wednesday evening is a great opportunity to meet some of the most successful in the industry, while on Thursday night there will be another networking opportunity over cocktails on the beach. There will also be a chance to get out and about to see what the Sunshine Coast has to offer during the venue showcase for events professionals.

More about social events

Stay and play deals

All Symposium delegates will get access to a number of special deals on accommodation and activities (from kayaking to surfing and bushwalking to horse rides on the beach) on the Sunshine Coast to take advantage of before, during and after the Symposium. And with school holidays in many parts of the Australia lining up with the Symposium, it sounds like a great excuse for a Sunshine Coast holiday for the whole family!

Access to these deals will be provided on your payment receipt.

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Don't miss the best Symposium rate!

Until August 23, you can get a Full Symposium registration, including a ticket to the Event Awards, full access to the conference, an evening of cocktails on the beach and a Sunshine Coast outing, for just $600 plus GST. We've also got special accommodation rates going for those who need a place to stay, which can be booked during the registration process.

So what are you waiting for? (Registrations will be available after this date but at a higher rate.)

Register now

Symposium Sponsorship opportunities

If you're looking for exposure and networking opportunities in the Australian events industry, we have a number of ways to get your brand front and centre with event professionals from across the country. With all sponsorship opportunities including at least one Symposium registration which includes a ticket to the Event Awards, it gives sponsors direct access to those in their target market.

More about sponsorship opportunities