Meaningful Events: Support Cultural Immersion and Lasting Legacies

19th May, 2022

Brendan Kerin – Smoking Ceremony, ICC Sydney’s Second Reconciliation Action Plan Launch

Australia’s Indigenous people have inhabited the island nation for at least 65,000 years, with some scientists believing their history goes back even further. As you would expect, a rich and variegated culture has developed over that time, and it’s one that ICC Sydney is keen to share with the world.

The venue’s embrace of local First Nations culture is evident as soon as you arrive at the iconic building on the shores of Darling Harbour. At the entrance of ICC Sydney is local Indigenous artist Jeffrey Samuels’ painting, ‘Gadigal, Acknowledgment Respect,’ a visually striking homage to Sydney. The painting shows how First Nations people are connected to Sydney Harbour, and the whale, a totem of the Gadigal clan, features prominently. Elements from Samuels’ painting are displayed at all main entrances, which gives you a sense of the deep respect for Aboriginal culture that runs through the organisation.

Art aside, ICC Sydney has found another way to celebrate First Nations people and their contributions to Australian life and culture. The Legacy Program connects event organisers with the Sydney community across five core streams – First Nations, Creative Industries, Innovators and Entrepreneurs, Generation Next and Sustainable Events – enhancing the experience of event attendees and providing opportunities for emerging and established local talent.

The First Australians stream celebrates and showcases Aboriginal culture and history in practical ways. Event organisers can choose from a range of authentic First Nations experiences, from traditional Welcome to Country ceremonies and cultural performances to arranging Darling Harbour precinct tours with respected First Nations Elders or working with artists for bespoke works and gifts.

Now more than ever, it’s important that the business events industry showcases the positive impact conferences and events play in the communities in which they operate. ICC Sydney’s Australian first Legacy Program empowers clients to create powerful legacies which leave an impact long after their event has ended. Whether that’s social, economic or environmental, the world class venue works with clients to identify and support the positive legacy they want to leave with the local community, ensuring an enriching experience at every level. 

Reconnect with the team today, to find out how you can leave a lasting legacy in Sydney:
Helen Mantellato, Senior Business Development Manager – International & Exhibitions —

To discover why there’s nothing like Australia for business events, contact Kelly Maynard —  

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