Hello, everyone, as chair of the Festival of Sydney and on behalf of the city, welcome to Festival First Night! It's great to see people taking over city streets and enjoying our public spaces.
I hope you all have a terrific night and a great three weeks at the Festival.
I want to thank our corporate partners, especially tonight ANZ, the major sponsor of Festival First Night.
I acknowledge we are here on Gadigal land and its an honour to welcome Ricky Lyons, and the Elders and children of Sydney's Aboriginal communitiesâ€¦..to Welcome us to Country.