ICC Sydney gets creative with its legacy program

New dedicated Creative Industries stream to foster NSW’s creative scene

The program will actively work to cultivate a lasting legacy from fostering support for Sydney’s emerging and established artists through cultural institutions and colleges to engaging new talent for event performances from Talent Development Project and connecting with festival programs including VIVID and Sydney Festival.

ICC Sydney local artist activation at 2018 Sibos exhibitor stand.


The Creative Industries stream has been curated to complement the Legacy Program’s four core streams – Innovators & Entrepreneurs, Generation Next, First Australians and Sustainable Events and to drive long-term social, economic and environment outcomes.

“We are delighted with the reception of our Legacy Program over the past 12 months including strong traction with professional conference organisers and association groups in particular,” said ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy.

“Just some of the highlights include significant uptake of authentic Welcome to Countries, Darling Harbour precinct tours with respected elder Aunty Margret and the depth of student and startup engagement at Sibos.”

Talent Development Project CEO Kim Lemke said Sydney has an especially strong calibre of talent to draw on.

Opening ceremony for International Bar Association (IBA) 2017 Conference. Photo by Anna Kucera


“We helped the ICC Sydney team during its critical opening period to host an official test event and the venue continues to regularly book our students for pre-show and intermission entertainment,” Lemke said.

“It is gratifying to deepen our three-year partnership by introducing incredibly talented local artists, performers and musicians to ICC Sydney’s clients to share their skills with the rest of the world.”

Sydney Festival executive director Chris Tooher praised ICC Sydney for its dedication to the cultural and creative growth of the local region.

“ICC Sydney sits right on the doorstep of our city’s bourgeoning creative industries and plays an integral role in raising Sydney’s global reputation for artistic excellence,” Tooher said. “This initiative to build enriching cultural experiences into events programs will make a significant contribution to the sector.”