Global Cities After Dark 2021: Sector Workshops

March 16, 2021

Hospitality Sector Workshop

Monday 22nd March 6:30-9:30pm

Hospitality is an indispensable part of the going out experience. But Covid has played havoc with the sector, impacting business models and changing audience consumption patterns. With the pandemic seemingly under control and the vaccine being rolled out, it’s an opportune time for us to reassess, share knowledge and look to re-establish a vibrant and diverse eating and drinking scene.

The Hospitality workshop brings together sector leaders and an international expert to help inform the future planning for Sydney after dark, during a critical time as we embark on the implementation of the NSW 24-Hour Economy Strategy.

Hospitality Workshop:
International speaker: Riyaaz Amlani – CEO & Managing Director Impresario Entertainment (Mumbai, India)

Riyaaz has expanded Impresario’s hospitality footprint by establishing 58 restaurants across 16 cities in India. Its umbrella of brands includes SOCIAL, antiSOCIAL, Smoke House Deli, Salt Water Cafe, Flea Bazaar Café, Ishaara, Slink & Bardot, Souffle S’il Vous Plait, Mocha, Prithvi Café, and The Tasting Room. Impresario was noted by Forbes in January 2021 as one of India’s top five Food and Beverage companies.

Local Hosts:
Michael Rodrigues – Inaugural NSW 24-Hour Economy Commissioner &
Kathy Savill – Director, A Bite at a Time

Workshop Focus:

– The future environment the hospitality sector will navigate in 2021 and 2022 and new, innovative ways that the local sector can rebuild;

– How businesses within the sector can learn to be agile by thinking out of the box;

– Challenges within hospitality sector – outside of just the pandemic – and ways the sector can work together to address these;

– How other cities have approached hospitality at night, identifying Sydney’s nuances and articulation of best practice examples from other cities.


Live Music & Entertainment Sector Workshop

Tuesday 23rd March 6:30-9:30pm

MusicNSW Managing Director Emily Collins said:
‘Nightlife in Sydney is at such an exciting turning point. A perfect storm is brewing, with governments and industry aligned like never before, and music, art and good business at its core. Sydney is about to have its phoenix rising moment, and that’s an exciting thing to be a part of.’

The Live Music and Entertainment Workshop draws on the collective knowledge, expertise and real life experience of Sydney’s music and entertainment practitioners, looking ahead to the ways the sector will play be a central role in Sydney transforming into a 24-Hour city.


International Speaker: Paulette Long OBE – Music Publisher, Consultant, Deputy Chair, UK Music Diversity Task Force (London, UK)

The UK heavyweight has worked within the music industry for over 35 years, currently holding a number of Board level directorships. Paulette continues to contribute to the sustained growth of the music sector. Her career has included many decades working as a music publisher, but also in artist management, marketing and PR. Paulette has particular passion for and expertise in mentoring, consultancy and diversity. In 2016 Paulette was awarded an OBE for her services to the music industry and was added to Music Week’s Women in Music Roll Of Honour in the same year. In 2017 Paulette received a Gold Badge Award from BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors).

Local Hosts:  Emily Collins – Managing Director, MusicNSW & Tanya Ali – Program Manager, FBi Radio

Workshop Focus:

– The future environment the live music and entertainment sector will navigate in 2021 and 2022 and new, innovative ways that the local sector can rebuild; 

– How individuals, businesses and organisations within Sydney’s live music and entertainment can learn to be agile as we navigate the road out of the pandemic and into the implementation of the NSW 24-Hour Economy Strategy;  

– Challenges within live music and entertainment sector – outside of just the pandemic – and ways the sector must work together to address these; 

– How other cities have approached live music and entertainment at night, identifying Sydney’s nuances compared to best practice examples from other cities;

– What are the actionable steps that need to be taken in 2021 for the live music and entertainment sector to flourish in the years ahead.


Major Events & Tourism Sector Workshop

Wednesday 24th March 6:30-9:30pm


Meow Wolf Founder Vince Kadlubek said:

‘Sydney’s nightlife scene has unlimited potential given the city’s incredible economy and emerging youth movements. It feels like a bunch of fireworks waiting for the right spark. After recovering from COVID Sydney has an incredible opportunity to take advantage of its global position.’


International Speaker: Vince Kadlubek – Founder, Meow Wolf (Sante Fe, USA)

Hailed by international media as one of the most inspiring creative entrepreneurs in the world, Vince Kadlubek is a Founder of Meow Wolf – an art collective that has transformed into an award winning Art and Entertainment Production Company that specializes in immersive, open-world walk through experiences. Meow Wolf’s first permanent exhibition, the House of Eternal Return, inside a former bowling alley owned by Martin, opened in 2016 in Santa Fe and has attracted more than 2 million visitors. Kadlubek has been a force of vision in the realm of experiential art, and in 2020 launched a creative consulting agency called Spatial Activations as a platform to usher in a new era of experiential art in modern developments and everyday life. Vince is most passionate about co-creating fully-realized alternative realities that bring paradigm-shifting transformation and inspiration to the world. Meow Wolf was voted by Time Out as one of the top five experiences in the world, and in 2018 a feature length documentary Origin Story was released on Netflix.

Local Hosts:  Tory Loudon – Ideas Curator, Vivid Sydney; Ali Murphy-Oates – Ngiyampaa Wailwan woman and Carla Theunissen – Acting Director Parramatta Artist Studios and City Animation, City of Parramatta.

Workshop Focus:

– The role of major events and tourism in liveable cities – best models;

– New formats and activations with a focus on community engagement;

-Learnings from other sectors and insights from a range of guest speakers;

-Bringing your projects/ideas/concepts to life and to find potential partners and collaborators;

-Most importantly we will canvas the group as to key topics to explore and the priorities for the workshop.



Transport, Health & Safety Sector Workshop

Thursday 25th March 6:30-9:30pm


International Speaker: Mark Curran – Rail Closures Planning Manager, former Night Tube Sponsor, Transport for London (London, UK)

Mark started his career in 2001 with a transport planning consultancy in Birmingham, England.  He joined Transport for London in 2007 responsible for planning long term closures/blockades on the Underground and in 2009 moved on to oversee operational planning and demand management on the Underground for the London 2012 Olympics.  Following a successful Olympics, as a result of a broader transport planning exercise Mark identified the business case for operating Underground trains overnight at weekends.  This became ‘Night Tube’ and Mark was employed as the project sponsor through to the phased implementation of the service in 2016. Mark is particularly driven by customer handling and customer service in unusual or perturbed environments.

Local Hosts: Brooke Knox – Director, Industry Engagement and Innovation Partnerships,Transport for NSW and Stephanie Strilakos – Senior Service Designer – Future Transport Digital Accelerator, Transport for NSW.

Workshop Focus:

– In preparation of a 24hr economy in NSW, articulating Sydney’s reasons and needs for 24hr public transport;

– Applying today’s data and insights to inform future planning for 24-Hour transport in Sydney;

– Health and safety challenges within 24hr transport planning and ways to address these;

– How other cities have approached overnight networks and identifying Sydney’s nuances in planning for 24hr transport;

– Articulation of best practice examples from other cities implementation of 24hr transport networks.


Global Cities After Dark Sydney is proudly sponsored by the NSW Government, City of Sydney and Powerhouse Museum through the Powerhouse NSW Creative Industries Residency Program. The sector specific workshops are created in collaboration with Night Time Industries Association (Hospitality) and MusicNSW. (Live Music and Entertainment)


Entry to the Powerhouse is via Harris St only. Access within the Powerhouse Museum is via ramps and an elevator. For visitors using manual wheelchairs, the elevator is recommended. Groups of visitors planning a visit with more than one wheelchair user can arrange access to an additional elevator. Please contact us in advance on +61 (02) 9217 0222.

Accessible toilets are located on level 2.

Assistance Animals

Assistance animals trained to assist people with disabilities are welcome.

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