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17 Sep 2010

Sydney Wins Award for World’s Best Festival and Event City

Harbour Bridge at nightThe stellar week of events news for NSW has continued today with Sydney being named the World’s Best Festival and Event City at a convention in the USA.

Major Events Minister Kevin Greene today announced Sydney has won the 2010 International Festivals and Events Association World Festival and Event City Award.

Mr Greene said Sydney was selected as the best World’s best city in the ‘over 1 million population’ category.

“What we have seen this week is Sydney well and truly at the top of the global events calendar,” he said.

“This week we have celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the “best ever” Sydney Olympic Games, we have welcomed the Oprah visit and we’re preparing to see 35,000 people running over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival.

“The international panel of judges recognised Sydney’s major events and cultural assets as integral to the city’s attractiveness as a place to live, work and visit. “Sydney was recognised as a culturally diverse and sophisticated city drawing strength from residents and visitors. It is one of the world’s best-known city brands, boasting countless renowned attractions and international icons,” he said.

The award pays tributes to Sydney’s status as a World leader in hosting major events and festivals like:

  • Sydney’s ability to deliver huge events like the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2000, 2003’s Rugby World Cup and World Youth Day in 2008.
  • The Sydney Harbour Bridge was highlighted as a valuable events asset for hosting the world famous Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks, the annual Sydney Marathon and providing a unique picnic venue for Breakfast on the Bridge;
  • Since the establishment of Events NSW three years ago and a managed 12 month events calendar, Sydney and NSW has acquired 25 new events and established three new annual festivals;
  • The Sydney Opera House’s role in events like Vivid Sydney, the annual festival of light, music and ideas; and
  • The Crave Sydney International Food Festival, closing the city streets and laneways for Sydney Festival First Night, The Chinese New Year Festival Parade and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations.

Mr Greene said Sydney’s class was clear and the city well deserved the award.

“This is a city where major parks on the harbour become viewing platforms for film screenings and Australia Day celebrations and footpaths become tracks for sporting events, including the Triathlon ITU World Championship Series.

“There is no doubt Sydney produces some of the best event experts who deliver world class events year-in and year-out,” he said.

International Festivals and Events Association President Steven Wood Schmader said the IFEA was pleased to recognise and fly the flag of those cities who have worked, through concerted efforts, to provide an environment conducive to successful festivals and events.

“Through this award, the IFEA hopes to create a dialogue between events and cities around the world, at a time when each needs to be supporting the other more than ever.

“The quality of all the entries paints a bright picture for our industry and those cities recognised with this award are helping to build a strong foundation and example that we hope all cities, globally, will work to emulate,” he said.

The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) – The Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival and Event Professionals Worldwide – announced the 2010 winners during the 55th Annual IFEA Convention & Expo currently being held in Saint Louis, Missouri, United States. To view Sydney's award winning entry visit

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