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Michael Rodrigues - NSWs inaugural 24 Hour economy Commissioner & former MD, Time Out

What is the vision of Sydney we want to work towards? Do we want a retirement village for young people? Or do we want a city that is vibrant, diverse, inclusive and inspiring? 

The objective of the Night Time Industries Association is to promote Sydney as a vibrant and creative city, and to build a new positive narrative for Sydney’s nightlife that includes:

- that Sydney is a fun and inspiring place to live, work and play;

- that Sydney’s nightlife contributes to the cultural value of the city; and

- nightlife stimulates creativity which is an important economic driver for NSW;

To achieve this objective the Night Time Industries Association will need to be active developing positive messaging and media and communications activities.

Mike has also helmed Time Out in Australia for the past ten years, burrowing deep into the arts, culture and hospitality verticals that underpin his business. These days he draws upon audience data to identify audience trends in the consumption of city-based entertainment, combining it with sector knowledge to help institutions and businesses answer the question: will people come to my stuff now, tomorrow and in the future?

In recent years Time Out has evolved beyond its publishing roots. In 2014, Time Out Lisbon editors turned a historic market hall in the city into Time Out Market, thus creating the world’s first food and cultural market, and the first market experience rooted wholly in editorial curation. A place that previously housed the city’s top vendors now brings together the best of the city under one roof: its best restaurants, bars and cultural experiences, based on the editorial curation Time Out has always been known for.

In 2017, 3.6 million visitors came to the market to explore excellent food from 32 restaurants and kiosks, enjoy drinks from eight bars and cafes, buy from five shops, attend cooking workshops in the Chef’s Academy or events in the Time Out Studio, a 900-capacity entertainment venue. It has rapidly become the most popular attraction in PortugalIn 2019, new Time Out Markets are set to open in Miami, New York, Boston, Chicago and Montreal

Craig Donarski - Director, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Craig Donarski has been Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) since November 2016.

CPAC has since been undergoing a renaissance that is seeing audiences growing significantly while the quality of the multi-arts offering increases. With Craig at the helm of policy and programming for CPAC, Liverpool’s arts and culture presence, deeply connected to the area’s rich multicultural and Indigenous heritage, continues to gain positive exposure.

For more than three decades Craig has been a major contributor to Australia’s vibrant arts and culture, having managed Marketing & Communications for Sydney Film Festival and the 16 regional events under the Travelling Film Festival banner prior to his current role. During his tenure Sydney Film Festival experienced significant growth in both income and audiences, going from 100,000 to more than 180,000 attendees in 6 years.

Before then Craig spent 11 years at Sydney Opera House in the Producers Unit, in a team developing a range of creative and engaging programs, festivals and special events which added to SOH’s celebrated cultural offering and broadened the audience base, from the legendary Studio program to the Spiegeltent on the Forecourt to festivals including Vivid, Graphic, Message Sticks and more.

Craig began his career at the ABC in 1986 as a Broadcasting Trainee, leading to twelve years working as a Broadcaster, Documentary Producer then Executive Producer at youth radio station Triple J, including some brief stints with other ABC radio outlets and ABC TV.

In parallel to all the above and in partnership with his wife Jackie McMillan, the pair have produced and promoted numerous club nights, parties and special events for over 25 years.

Nina Cueva - Co-Founder & Gallery Director, Courtesy of the Artist

Since 2005, Courtesy of the Artist has been at the forefront of contemporary design in Sydney.

As gallery director and co-founder of Courtesy of the Artist, Nina Cueva is passionate about promoting and nurturing both established and emerging artists from various disciplines.

Representing over 60 jewellery designers and object makers from around Australia, Nina has curated a collection that continues to push boundaries of innovation. With the constant merge of modern technology and traditional craftsmanship, Courtesy of the Artist is able to showcase the best in design, which is the key to their success.