The City of Sydney is calling for a new Chinese New Year Festival curator for the first time in the festival’s 20 year history and a new panel of experts to advise on cultural, business and tourism opportunities.
The Chinese New Year Festival Curator will work with the City’s programming and production teams to provide the creative overlay for the Festival’s iconic core events.
The Advisory Panel will help guide the popular festival, which is now the largest celebration of the lunar new year outside China, attracting more than 600,000 visitors to the City for over 80 events each year.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said works on the George Street light rail and Darling Harbour development were an ideal time for the City to review and update the festival and increase the Chinese New Year celebrations across Sydney.
“The Chinese New Year Festival is one of the biggest and most important events on the Sydney calendar and our first Curator and new Advisory Panel will help deliver one of the best celebrations outside Asia,” the Lord Mayor said.
“They will not only strengthen the relationship between the City and our Asian communities, they will help us support local businesses, community groups and other organisations to take part in this wonderful annual celebration.
“Many community organisations have worked with the City to produce the festival over the past 15 years, with the panel most recently chaired by Councillor Robert Kok.
“With major infrastructure changes about to take place in the city centre, I look forward to hearing from new panel experts on how we can best direct the festival for the future.”
The Advisory Panel of up to 10 members will be made up of people from across the local government area, including Chinese community groups, cultural organisations, business groups, sporting associations, retail, hospitality and tourism sectors and creative industries.
The new Curator and Advisory Panel will work together with the City’s Creative Director to maximise local business, retail and tourism opportunities in the city, strengthen community ties, and promote the event to a larger audience through new communications channels.
The call for panel members will close on 1 May 2015 and expressions of interest for the curator will close on Friday 15 May 2015.
Panel applicants will be assessed by a group of City officers, with members selected by the CEO and appointed by Council.