Sydneysiders and visitors to the global city are set to enjoy a vibrant, reinvigorated live entertainment scene following the unveiling of International Convention Centre Sydney’s (ICC Sydney) world class entertainment hub in Darling Harbour.
Set to open in December 2016, ICC Sydney is Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct, and will boast three new theatres and a bustling array of bars and dining establishments, all located within walking distance to Sydney’s CBD and public transport.
CEO of ICC Sydney, Geoff Donaghy said the new entertainment offering will be a first of its kind in Australia, and noted that with just 12 months until completion, the countdown to launch is on.
“When ICC Sydney opens, the city will experience a real paradigm shift in how it enjoys events, with a multitude of dynamic venues opening within an integrated precinct that includes the best in pre and post gig entertaining,” he said.
“From concerts with beloved Aussie performers or major international acts, to dance productions, plays, poetry and comedy, ICC Sydney will be a must-visit location for all entertainment lovers.”
At the heart of the ultramodern hub will be the ICC Sydney Theatre, an innovative, tiered and fan-shaped venue which will enrich the live experience for audiences by bringing them closer to performers and providing unobstructed views of the stage. It will have 8,000 seats, and can be scaled down to 3,000, and up to a capacity of over 9,000 in general admission standing mode.
Darling Harbour Theatre and Pyrmont Theatre will house more intimate events, with modern tiered seating for 2,500 and 1,000 guests respectively.
Donaghy noted that ICC Sydney will feature a striking contemporary design, unrivalled sound and visual technology and an amazing variety of spaces and places to explore.
“Along with three impressive theatre venues, ICC Sydney will be home to a 5,000sqm open air event deck, a 2,400sqm multipurpose event space, a 2,000 seat ballroom and seven exhibition halls, all folding into the beautiful Tumbalong Park which will be expanded by 3,000sqm,” he said.
“All venues will have world class staging and technical facilities, with sound and visuals brought to life through high definition screens, large scale projection and superior audio equipment.
“By offering the ultimate entertainment experience, we hope to reinforce Sydney’s reputation as one of the most desirable destinations in the world. And with ICC Sydney at its heart, the future of entertainment in Sydney certainly looks bright,” said Donaghy.
Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer, Sandra Chipchase, said ICC Sydney presents significant opportunities for the world’s leading event organisers and promoters to bring their events to Sydney.
“ICC Sydney’s world class facilities and integrated approach to the use of public space is truly ground-breaking and shows that NSW is at the global forefront of event and entertainment innovation.”