Bid to keep Sydney dancing gathers momentum

19 March, 2018 by Andy Young

A group, calling itself the Landsdowne 15, has scheduled a meeting to discuss plans to keep Sydneysiders dancing and re-energise the city’s night-time.

The meeting will take place on Monday 26 March, after a parliamentary inquiry into NSW’s music and arts economy holds a public hearing earlier in the day.

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Last month TheShout reported that Time Out had held a roundtable to discuss the music and arts economy and making submissions to the inquiry. With nearly 400 submissions, the group is hopeful that the Sydney public hearing on March 26 should provide insight on the legislative changes that can re-energise Sydney’s night time economy.

Michael Rodrigues Time Out Australia’s Managing Director, told TheShout: “At the beginning of the year I resolved to stop whinging about the state of Sydney’s nightlife and get on and do something about it. So I organised a roundtable, co-authored five submissions, and wrangled 35 signatories from organisations including Future Classic, SONOS, Live Nation, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Greencliff, FBI Radio, Keep Sydney Open and Young Henrys, as well as Sydney’s leading independent bars operators. The result has been an accelerating groundswell that spans industries, ages, political leanings and geography.

“Next Monday, March 26, 2018, I and a number of other high profile lovers of Sydney will be giving evidence to NSW parliament at the first public hearing for the music and arts economy inquiry. That evening, along with my longtime collaborator Justine Baker of Solotel, we will be hosting a gathering for interested parties to reflect on the day’s discussion and plan our next steps.

“If watching the city you love atrophy pains you; if you wish to see Sydney once again blessed with a vibrant, welcoming, safe and inspiring nightlife; if you refuse to accept a State-preferred 10pm bedtime – please join me and other like-minded industry leaders for a post-committee hearing debrief at the Kings Cross Hotel.

“Together we can – we will – make Sydney late again.”

Anyone interested in heading to the meeting after the public hearing has taken place is welcome to attend, but should head to the Right To Dance website to secure free attendance.