Mardi Gras 2016 – Festival Update

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As we highlighted in our recent annual report, as part of our transformation process we’ve reviewed all aspects of our programming to ensure each of our events continues to be relevant, fresh and inclusive across the community and aligned to our strategic vision.

Major events including Fair Day, Parade and the biggest party of the season, MG Party, will be as spectacular and fabulous as ever. 

Recognising the work of our community’s diverse and talented industry party operators, and to help create a more inclusive community focused festival, we are including independent party events into the upcoming Festival season.

This is a significant shift from our traditional approach but we believe strongly that we must do our part to ensure our community continues to thrive in all its fabulousness.

For 2016, Mardi Gras will host a new, exciting and diverse collection of events at the Fleet Steps, that delivers even greater opportunities for all of our community to celebrate together.

For this season we will be retiring the traditional Harbour Party event.

Mardi Gras produced events, as well as the rest of the Festival program, will be announced at the Season Launch event, on Thursday 19 November at the Paddington Town Hall. The full program including event and ticketing information will be available online straight after the launch.

We know we are stronger together.  Mardi Gras 2016 will continue to be a vibrant demonstration of the amazing power of passion and community - a reminder, as we reflect and celebrate on all that has been achieved over the years, that every small step forward joins with all the other small steps to create a global momentum for change. 

David Watson

221 Sydney Park Road, Erskineville NSW 2043, Australia

Chief Strategist David Watson is a 20+ year sales and marketing veteran that has worked across different industries with a diverse range of businesses. Prior to launching Strategy Point, David was employed by photo print retailer Momento for over 7 years and in that time was instrumental in growing Momento from startup into a successful brand and service with millions of dollars of annual revenue. This experience provides his clients with unique insights and an unparalleled perspective of photographic consumers, sales and marketing, and maximising business opportunities. David has a Diploma in Strategic Marketing and is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma of Marketing course. He is an associate member of the Australian Marketing Institute, a member of the National Board for the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and is a member of the advisory board for the Head On Photo Festival. In his spare time David walks his pooch Rosie around Sydney Park, hones his photography, cheers for the Sydney Swans, indulges in reality TV and dreams of overseas holidays. He also supports two organizations that are close to his heart - Twenty10 who provide support for homeless gay and lesbian youth, and Assistance Dogs Australia who provide freedom and independence to people with physical disabilities.