An intimate in conversation highlighting how two different cities have used collaboration as a force for change; the challenges local governments face when collaborating with state government; how Sydney is collaborating with its nightlife operators; and how Amsterdam rewarded its nightlife operators as a part of policy to achieve positive action.
City of Detroit’s Night Time Ambassador Adrian Tonon highlights the transformation of this city from financial peril to being widely regarded as one of the most innovative and artistically vibrant cities in the world today.
Unlocking the potential of Detroit’s 24-hour economy deep dives into Detroit’s history; the city’s links to Berlin; and the progress Detroit has made in realising the vision of being a 24-hour economy. This keynote will uncover the impact Detroit’s rejuvenation has had on employment, access and public safety; and how innovation is being driven through public/private partnerships and collaborations; and the city’s initiatives in housing for creatives as well as it’s Creative Chamber.
Drawing from her experiences working with global female empowerment and network building movement shesaid.so, Amanda Maxwell’s keynote explores the theme of collaboration and its necessity within nightlife. Shesaid.so is a worldwide curated network of women who work in the music industry, creating an environment that supports collaboration, creativity and positive values.
The international community is diverse, comprising of female business owners or women holding medium to senior roles across all sectors of the industry – from tech to record labels, PR to management, and more. With headquarters in London and LA, the shesaid.so community continues to grow worldwide. Amanda’s Collaboration and influence within communities keynote will take a close look at the art of collaboration; what nightlife culture looks like with and without it; and the art of influence for society with current community related issues such as race, gender, LGBTGIA+, accessibility and technology advances.
For years, sexual violence has been accepted as a harsh reality of something terrible that happens in our nightlife, but has never been acceptable. Hayley Child’s keynote reflects on her personal experiences of sexual violence after dark and how the changing nature of dating, and in particular the emerging popularity of online dating has presented new risks, prompting agencies to rethink their approach to addressing sexual violence. Hayley shares insights on the ‘Ask for Angela’ campaign, how the concept came about and how crucial a collaborative approach has been in implementing the scheme. Since the first scheme was introduced in Lincoln, England, in 2016, ‘Ask for Angela’ has become a success in numerous cities and towns all over the world. This is due to the simplicity of the scheme which enables easy adoption for bars. Hayley’s keynote will also highlight other tools which expand upon Ask For Angela’s effectiveness and provide bars and venues with another way to eliminate sexual violence in the night time economy.
What started out as ‘just a party night’ ended up being a cultural beacon in Los Angeles nightlife. A Club Called Rhonda is home to the people that didn’t feel able to express themselves in other places at night. Regarded as one of the original global pioneers of genuine inclusivity in nightlife, Loren and his Rhona team continuously create a safe space where all humans are equal. The impact of this party brand and what it represents extends way beyond the dancefloor – Rhonda International has gone on to host events in museums, at some of the world’s biggest festivals and at luxury hotels in New York, Tokyo, Miami and Amsterdam.
In Building inclusive dancefloors, Loren will reflect on his personal journey with A Club Called Rhonda, offering inspiration and insights for those wishing to create more inclusive workplaces in their hometown night time economy.
In May 2018, City of Sydney announced its inaugural Sydney Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel. Comprising 15 nominated industry experts, the panel advises the City on how it can best work with industry, business and other government agencies to support a thriving, diverse and safe nightlife in Sydney; as well as advising on new initiatives; identifying emerging issues and opportunities for Sydney’s night time economy and overall assisting the City to engage with local creative, cultural and nightlife communities.
Kerri Glasscock and City of Sydney Councillor Jess Scully (Co Chairs) present a keynote update on the work the advisory panel has undertaken in 2018, the achievements of the panel thus far and the areas that will be a priority focus in 2019.
In the process of developing the first NSW Contemporary Music Strategy in the State, Create NSW has collaborated with the music industry via an Advisory Group process to identify initiatives that will increase the role music plays in a vibrant City nightlife.
Facilitated by Elizabeth W. Scott, Create NSW’s new Executive Director of Investment and Engagement, the panel will convene representatives from the Advisory Group to share their insights on how music can impact on night time culture and economies, and discuss the key areas of focus required to strengthen our night time music offerings.
With all global cities striving for a thriving 24 hour economy, this rapid fire panel of our guests from Amsterdam, Detroit, London and Los Angeles uncovers the progress these different cities from around the world have made in realising this vision.
For the first time last year the NSW Parliament started a formal inquiry into the music sector. Driven by concerns about Sydney’s night life and the NSW music scene the inquiry has been on tour, taking evidence across NSW and in Melbourne. It has heard direct on the state of the music scene; both its massive potential and the entertainment venue crisis. It has also heard about the causes – from audiences choosing to stay home, to government regulations banning music. The Inquiry is due to report shortly.
Building on the Group Workshop from Global Cities After Dark 2017, the 2018 NightCamp workshop accumulates the combined knowledge and experience of all attendees at this year’s forum. An intensive 90 minute workshop facilitated by Mirik Milan, NightCamp draws on the strength of all those attending Global Cities After Dark 2018, collaborating to workshop issues such as supportive regulations; infrastructure needs; diversity in entertainment, locations and audiences at night.
The NightCamp group workshop is an integral part of Global Cities After Dark as it not only gives every attendee a voice in the problem solving process, it also sets the focus and agenda for the Global Cities After Dark 2019 working groups and program. Outcomes from this workshop are published in the Global Cities After Dark 2018 report.
Objective: Provide participants with an understanding and practical examples of how to identify your city’s cultural identity to develop compelling stories to promote your city’s experiences and offer.
Learning outcomes: Participants will better understand how to identify and promote their city’s cultural identity, experiences and offer.
Nightlife is integral to a city’s international reputation. The night is a cultural, social and economic asset by the city’s residents, workers and visitors.
Cities are melting pots of many cultures and ethnicities. When diversity is given a place to flourish and be celebrated, everyone is enriched. Residents have a stronger sense of morale about their home city or town, workers have more opportunities for employment, media have an abundance of positive local stories to share with the world, and visitors are drawn to the city or town to experience its local culture.
In our information-saturated world, a compelling story is essential to being heard. Negative and positive stories are shared repeatedly by the media, the public, (via social media) and government. As we have all seen, the reality of a negative story often results in an ongoing negative narrative that is challenging to change. The story of a city or town’s nightlife has never been more critical to the overall health of that city’s night time economy.
Establishing the changing persona of a city or town encourages people to engage and understand what makes their city vibrant and how it nurtured. Creating the city’s compelling and unique story creates a virtuous cycle.
A place’s sustainability can only survive if its culture is strong, locally grounded and cared for. Empowering the local community to identify and leverage its cultural dividends is essential to an enriched society abundant with cultural offerings that service the many different types of people that live, work and visit there.
This Expert Session presents amazing insights from specialists followed by a working group focussing on identifying the cultural benefits of places ranging from large global cities to small regional towns.
Objective: Explore the practical examples of initiatives to reduce sexual harassment and violence in nightlife spaces.
Learning outcomes: Gain a stronger understanding of what we can do to help to reduce sexual harassment and assault, and what steps need to be taken to create safe spaces for people at night.
The #MeToo movement and similar campaigns have given a voice to people who have experienced sexual harassment and violence. It has initiated a conversation about a whole of community response to creating safe spaces for all, especially women & non-binary folk.
The #MeToo movement has resulted in an increased confidence in the reporting of sexual harassment and calling out of inappropriate behaviour. It has exposed the prevalence of sexual harassment resulting in campaigns challenging unacceptable behaviour and encouraging people to seek assistance from bystanders. Venues across the globe are identifying their staff as a source of support for any patron in their venue who is uncomfortable with another person’s behaviour.
The #MeToo and Nightlife Expert Session is essential for any organisation, business or individual that wants to learn about current industry responses to sexual harassment and collaborate on developing further solutions to ensure a safe nightlife for all.
Objective: Discuss a range of night time focussed research-led initiatives so participants understand how they were developed and undertaken and how they were effective in influencing a change in policy or programs to support nightlife
Learning outcomes: Increased understanding of a range of approaches to research-led advocacy projects, how they were developed and undertaken and how they were effective in influencing changes in policy and programs to better support vibrant and sustainable nightlife.
Building a credible evidence base is fundamental to informing decisions and policy as well as supporting advocacy positions. It is important to note when gathering critical evidence, consideration must be given to different datasets and information that form part of the night time economy – the economic benefits and costs, resources required to grow and develop culture, the social and cultural impact and benefits, feelings of safety and measures of crime and health.
However, research is only one type of evidence that policy makers draw from. Rarely do research findings alone, however definitive, move policy. Policy makers deal with political considerations, opinions and views of trusted advisors, economic analysis, their own personal and professional experience as well as numerous other outputs.
In this Expert Session we deep dive into how we can increase our influence when research, action and policy are linked. Our hosts share examples of how communities collaborated in collecting, analysing and disseminating evidence. How through collaboration and the sharing of data, communities become more engaged in research and in turn the outcome is tangible changes in policies or cultural programs.
Objective: Explore the regulatory framework that governs night time economies and discuss how it can better support a 24 hour economy and safe and sustainable nightlife.
Learning outcomes: Gain a deeper understanding of what regulations govern business activities at night and how we can navigate them to create positive social, cultural and economic impact.
Successful night time economies require supportive regulations, services and infrastructure. Regulation needs to keep pace with the ever-changing nature of how we consume and participate in nightlife.
Cities thrive on creativity, knowledge and innovation. Supportive regulation and legislation that allow spaces for experiments to occur, and to test ideas quickly at low cost are critical to sustaining the knowledge and creative economy.
Collaborations between creatives, stakeholders and government are often challenging. The stakeholder group is vast with diverse and often conflicting interests. Only through collaboration and honest dialogue are we able to create opportunities for positive culture to thrive.
In this Expert Session we analyse case studies from our hosts that highlight successes and failures when navigating the regulatory framework in an attempt to create something that has positive social, cultural and economic impact. As a working group, the session identifies what can be learned from these successes and failures and how we can use this knowledge to make progress in the ongoing issue of regulations that stifle nightlife’s opportunity to grow and prosper.
Objective: Explore the global trends that are impacting the night time economy and the ways we can develop and share a global knowledge base of better practice approaches that are relevant at a local level – and how this knowledge informs solutions to the issues affecting our night time economies.
Learning outcomes: A deeper understand of the big global trends that are impacting the NTE; how we can engage in global networks to increase our knowledge on key issues and initiatives shaping the night time economy
We need to understand global trends to increase our understanding of the issues impacting nightlife and of what determines a vibrant, world-class city. We need to think and act globally to become an expert locally.
Nightlife policy and city planning for after dark is a global movement. This creates a lot of opportunities for international exchange. Balancing the night in an urban environment is a challenge. At the moment, Global Cities After Dark has identified 37 night time managers, Night Mayors, Night Czars and Policy Makers that are focussed on this topic. Regardless of the fact that there is not one consistent title for these roles, there is a global consistency to this local approach. Because it’s such a new from of urban governance, there is a lot to learn from international collaboration.
In this Expert Session we explore the pathways to developing and sharing a knowledge base of better practice approaches to nightlife globally, yet with local relevance. We investigate how this information is developed and by whom; and how it can be shared in a way that enables easy access, debate and refinement as we continue to learn more about this complex eco7system.
Objective: Explore the inhibitors to access and practical initiatives and strategies to creating greater access for people with a disability, people of colour, LGBTQI+ people and non-binary folk to participate in city nightlife.
Learning outcomes: Understand the barriers to participation and the practical initiatives that will make the night time more inclusive and accessible for people with a disability, people of colour, LGBTQI+ people and non-binary folk.
For nightlife to be accessible for all, it requires thought, consideration and action. Being inclusive and accessible is more than providing accessible toilets and ramps for wheelchair users. It is also about ensuring that activities and events can be experienced by everyone. This can be achieved through providing accessible materials and information and through increasing staff awareness and training around how to be welcoming and communicate with people with a disability, people of colour, LGBTQI+ people and non-binary folk.
A truly inclusive and accessible city allows everyone to engage and participate in community life. A global city is one that aims for their night time culture to be enjoyed by all.
Our Hosts share their real life examples of projects, programs and strategies they’ve deployed to ensure accessibility for all. These hosts and their inspirational case studies will ignite discussion and allow us to dive deep into what we can all do to make our night time culture and its activities more inclusive and accessible to our residents, visitors and workers.
Objective: Explore the various types, methods, aims, challenges and outcomes from building coalition and collaboration to influence better outcomes that support a sustainable NTE.
Learning outcomes: Better understand why and how you would establish and maintain a successful coalition to influence changes in your city’s NTE.
There is a broad recognition that the night-time economy is a fundamental asset to a city and everyone is committed to making nightlife work versus an adversarial approach to change.
An open and collaborative approach is essential to solving issues, as is shared vision and champions. If all parts of the night-time economy unite around a clear vision of the future and are prepared to act and work together, positive change is possible.
As American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead was famously quoted “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
This Expert Session is led by hosts that are working day-to-day to build coalitions and collaborations to bring positive change to night-time culture and economy locally and globally. The session works with them to expose the realities of the challenges and triumphs in collaborating for change and shows clear methods of how it is possible to collaborate and build your coalition successfully.
Objective: Explore the framework and key elements that are required to support developement of creative talent.
Learning outcomes: Gain a stronger understanding of what is required to identify, nurture and develop creative talent in your city or town.
The city at night is home to an array of diverse cultural, creative and live entertainment suitable for different audiences – young people, seniors, families, couples and visitors.
In order to ensure the sustainability of our diverse, creative and cultural landscape, we require new talent to maintain, grow and continue to evolve this space.
First and foremost talent needs to be identified, nurtured and developed. This requires the need for creative space to allow for experimentation and freedom for talent to develop and grow. It requires a constant review and often refreshing of regulatory frameworks to ensure talent has the ability to contribute to the cultural fabric of a city or town. It also requires adequate funding and resources are available to ensure talent is appropriately supported to flourish.
This Expert Session features hosts that highlight the huge impact that occurs when a city or town prioritises the creative requirements of its talent. Following these case study insights, the group collaborates in a workshop that sees the participants collaborating on processes involved in understanding your city’s creative requirements and developing a plan to maximise the potential of your local talent pool.