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Australian Event Symposium

2019 Symposium Program Information

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16 – 18 September 2019
Optus Stadium, Burswood, Perth WA

Theme: Creating Connections, Breaking Barriers

The two-day Symposium is full of engaging content in a practical format, designed to ramp up towards the Australian Event Awards ceremony at the end of the second day.

The Event Symposium will bring together leaders in the industry from some of Australia’s biggest events and festivals as well as offering a variety of sessions exploring the latest event trends, communication techniques and creatively enhancing events.

Please note that the program is subject to change.

Australian Event Symposium 2019
Creating Connections, Breaking Barriers

Monday 16 September 2019


5:00pm – 7:00pm
Welcome Drinks

Ahead of the busy Symposium Program, join us for drinks at the Crown Towers Perth and meet the delegates and the Symposium Team.


Tuesday 17 September 2019

8:30am – 9:00am: Arrival Tea and Coffee Break in the Exhibition

9:00am – 9:15am
Welcome to the Australian Event Symposium

9:15am – 10:30am
Keynote Presentation: Thinking outside the box: Leading Innovation and Change
Tania de Jong AM, Founder, Creative Universe

10:30am – 11:00am: Morning Tea and Coffee Break in the Exhibition

11:00am – 12:30pm

Concurrent Sessions

Relight Your Fire
Gill Minervini, Director, Gill Minervini Creative
Beyond the Sell Out
Alex Zaccaria, Founder and Technical Director, Bolster

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch in the Exhibition

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Concurrent Sessions

The Future of Visual Marketing
Harley Mitaros, Founder and Director, Pryzm

1:30pm – 4:45pm


Event Design: Balancing Event Security and the Customer Experience
Neil Fergus & Adam Lowe, Chief Executive, Intelligent Risks
Includes 30 minute afternoon tea and coffee break in the middle

3:00pm – 3:30pm: Afternoon Tea and Coffee Break in the Exhibition

3:30pm – 4:45pm

Concurrent Sessions

“Game On! Level UP your next event.”
Simone Badcock & Suzie Badcock, Buissness & Project Managers, Eventium

5:00pm – 7:30pm
Cocktail Function

After a day of boosting your skills and inspiring sessions and plenaries, join us for a drink and light canapes to unwind.

7:30pm:End of Day 1 – evening at leisure


Wednesday 18 September 2019

8:30am – 9:00am
Arrival Tea and Coffee Break in the Exhibition

9:00am – 10:15am
Keynote Presentation: Events Don’t Just Happen – A Case Study
Alastair Lyall, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
Gabriella Filippi, Arts Manager

10:15am – 10:45am
Morning Tea and Coffee Break in the Exhibition

10:45am – 12:15pm

Concurrent Sessions

Using Events to Change Behaviours or Perception for Your Brand
Katie Spalding, Production Director, TEDxPerth
Ask The Experts Panel
Abbie McCrisken-Lee, Executive Producer, DG Global
Dave Green, Managing Director, DC Global
Michael Altieri, Director of Events and Conferences, Crown Perth
Greg Sleigh, General Manager Commercial, Venus Live

10:45am – 2:30pm


Project Management: Practical advice from creative people
Hailey Mason & Chris Toward, Directors, Project Nine Event Group
Includes 1hr lunch break in the middle

12:15pm – 1:15pm
Lunch in the Exhibition

1:15pm – 2:30pm

Concurrent Sessions

Teamwork makes the Dream Work
Chris Loftus-Hills, General Manager of Events & Operations, Optus Stadium, VenuesLive
Bring your Event to Life with AR and VR
Saxon Dixon, Experience Director, Co-Founder, Virtual Immersive

2:30pm – 3:00pm
Afternoon Tea and Coffee Break in the Exhibition

3:00pm – 4:15pm
Closing Plenary: What a Difference a Decade Makes 
David Etherton, Chief Executive Officer, Venues West
Closing Remarks

6:15pm – 7:00pm
Australian Event Awards Pre-Dinner Drinks

7:00pm – 10:30pm
Australian Event Awards Ceremony

Late: End of Day 2
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