(6pm, Saturday 1 December 2012, Rushcutter's Bay Park)
Thank you, Luke [Jacobz, MC] and hello everyone, welcome to the Rushcutters Bay Village Christmas concert.
I'd like to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of our land, and to pay my respects to their Elders. I also acknowledge the people of 200 nations who live in our city.
Welcome to our Christmas celebration which is for all our communities whatever your religious or cultural background.
Tonight we have fabulous music from Don Spencer and the ACMF Choir, Lah-Lah's BIG Live Band, and The James Valentine Quartet featuring Lily Dior. And of course we're expecting a visit from Santa. Enjoy it!
Our Charity Partner this year is the Australian Children's Music Foundation, a not-for-profit group that uses the power of music to inspire and enrich the lives of young Australians who are disadvantaged or have been traumatised. Please support them by buying a showbag.
I want to thank our generous sponsors who make this celebration possible:
- Our Major Sponsor, American Express
- Our Media Partners, 2DAY FM and The Daily Telegraph and
- Our Supporting Sponsors, Lindt Master Chocolatiers and Sofitel.
Thank you all for coming this evening and thanks to our wonderful performers and our City of Sydney staff.
Happy Christmas, everyone!