(6pm 24 October 2011, Barnett Long Room, Customs House)
I would like firstly to acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, and I pay my respects to the Elders, both past and present.
On behalf of Sydney Festival I'd like to welcome everyone to Sydney Festival's Sponsor Briefing.
The 2012 program promises to be more exciting than ever, and it wouldn't have been possible without the revenue we receive from the following three very important sources:
First of all, thank you to our audiences. Their support, along with their attendance in their hundreds of thousands at our free events, gives voice to the affection and enthusiasm that Sydney Festival engenders.
Secondly, our Principal Supporters, the NSW Government and City of Sydney:
- The State Government is the major source of funding for the Festival, and this year, The Premier Barry O'Farrell, announced a welcome increase in core funding and a specific contribution towards the expansion of our presence in Western Sydney. Lindy will tell you more about this exciting development, also made possible by an increased commitment from Parramatta City Council.
City of Sydney has been the other Principal Supporter since the Festival began in 1977. In recent years, this partnership has deepened to embrace the City's Sustainable Sydney 2030 central platform to be green, global and connected.
Thirdly, a big thank you to our corporate and other partners - and it's wonderful to see so many of you here tonight. I know we all share a vision to see the Festival flourish from year to year, and it's very difficult to single out particular contributions as everyone's support is valued. However, special mention must go to our Principal Sponsor, Zip Industries, an Australian family business headed by Michael Crouch that has grown to have a presence all over the world.
Thank you to you all.
And now I'd like to hand over to our Festival Director, Lindy Hume to present the 2012 program.
This is the last of Lindy's three programs. Her directorship has been marked by a strong commitment to Aboriginal culture - and after this January no one will forget "I am Eora" Project, the single largest commission ever undertaken by the Festival - along with a broader commitment to the creation of new work. She has also established an inner west hub around the Seymour Centre, and in 2012 - around Carriageworks.
But I'll let Lindy reveal that to you, along with all the other exciting events for 2012.