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Making Headway For The Night - From Sydney To Detroit!





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Making Headway For The Night - From Sydney To Detroit!
Monthly Overview:
This month transformative changes to are about to get underway in Sydney, following the approval of a plan to regenerate its stagnant night-time culture in a move towards being a 24-hour city. Here, we will reflect on what can we learn from the previous Global Cities After Dark conference in Sydney? What exactly is about to change for Sydney? What can we learn from the Creative Footprint studies that have previously taken place in Berlin, NYC and currently Tokyo? What can other cities learn from Sydney as an example?

Adrian Tonon ,Detroits Nighttime Ambassador speaking at Sydneys GCAD 2018
Adrian Tonon ,Detroits Nighttime Ambassador speaking at Sydneys GCAD 2018
The Month of May, sees a hive of night-time activity in Detroit:
  • Mirik and Lutz will be meeting with Adrian Tonon to discuss Detroit’s 24 hour future. At last year’s forum Global Cities After Dark, Adrian Tonon, Detroit’s Night-time Ambassador, spoke about 24 hour cities and the changes he is implementing in the ‘motor city’. He has been bolstering the scene through various projects that aim to nurture local talent and put Detroit back on the map as a 24-hour city that supports local talent.
  • To download the report on 2018’s Global Cities After Dark Conference in Sydney click here
  • This Saturday, Movement Festival Detroit is taking place. The line-up shows a strong representation of local and global talent and is a necessary pilgrimage for any techno fan wanting to honour the birthplace of a movement that has resonated around the world.
“Nightlife movements have created cultural avalanches that resonate to this day” - Loren Granich- Global Cities After Dark, Sydney 2018
What’s Going on in Sydney?
Since 2014, NSW initiated a series of lock out laws in Sydney’s CBD to combat alcohol related violence. This, combined with urban development, rising property prices and the cost of negotiating, planning, building, noise complaints and liquor licence approvals have subsequently diminished the cities creative spaces, nightlife and employment over the last six years.
Sydney, is a prime example of a city with great creative capacity, with a reputation of incubating some of the most critically acclaimed musical acts in Australian history and a celebrated LGBTQI scene. However, this creative potential is not being fulfilled, the neglect in fostering energy into the nightlife has meant that creative talent has been moving elsewhere, meanwhile, gambling addictions have surged due to poker machines being a more viable entertainment option as opposed to music or performance.
Since 2017, the Global Cities After Dark conference has been hosted each year in Sydney, with the goal of bringing together international nightlife experts, to exchange knowledge, highlight best practice and to focus on successful solutions for thriving night time culture and economy.
The central topics of the 2018 GCAD conference focused on:
  • Looking at uniting community and encouraging collaboration across businesses, government and communities.             
  • The potential benefit and responsibilities involved with developing a 24-hour economy
  • Intersectionality, diversity and collaboration in nightlife communities
  • Safety, harassment and unification in night time spaces                               
  • Community, Communication and Collaboration
  • Music’s role in night time economy
Mirik Milan, who in collaboration with Electronic Music Conference presented Global Cities After Dark, proposed, in order to get creative Sydney back on its dancing feet :
“The lockout laws should be removed”
“Incentives should be given to venues that have more to offer culturally, as opposed to just selling alcohol”
During last year’s GCAD conference, Jess Scully, City of Sydney Councillor and Co-Chair of the City’s Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel declared:
“90% of Sydney people want more - more diversity, more hours, and more accessibility”
Global Cities After Dark 2018 - Sydney
Global Cities After Dark 2018 - Sydney
Although Sydney still has a long way to go regarding noise complaints and the lock out laws, a new proposal from the City of Sydney, that enables extended hours for live music venues with potential for 24/7 licensing has just been approved last week. Now that the development control plan has been endorsed, late night trading will become a reality for businesses that want to apply, there will also be bonus hours for venues that host live music and performance.
This first step will hopefully result in progressive and impactful changes to Sydney’s night-time culture and economy.
BerBerlins Tresor club in 1991 with Detroiter Jeff Mills DJing
BerBerlins Tresor club in 1991 with Detroiter Jeff Mills DJing
The Potential: took place this Monday. And is an event from Non-profit Detroit-Berlin Connection (DBC) focused on Detroit’s night time economy.
The public talk at Tangent Gallery featured guest presenter Mirik Milan. Milan reflected on his experience in creating dialogue and exchange between cross-sector stakeholders, and how Detroit could follow a similar path to create a vibrant 24-hour economy. Tourism based around techno and the curfew-free night has produced huge economic and social dividends in Berlin. Milan discussed how innovative models created and practiced in Berlin can be applied to Detroit and other cities.
The DBC is spearheaded by Dimitri Hegemann, founder of Berlin’s Tresor and Berlin Atonal, celebrates the global legacy, influence and dissemination of Detroit Techno music across the world. Aiming to reinforce Detroit’s, often overlooked place, at the centre of the widest youth movement in the last century.
Call To Action!
  • For more information on case studies of best practice from the UK, Detroit, Australia and LA, the Outcomes Report from Global Cities After Dark, is now available to download here. Please let us know your thoughts on the findings via twitter @VibeLabNetwork#setculturefree
  • The Creative Footprint is a non-profit initiative that measures, engages, and advocates for creative space in urban areas. If you are interested to read more, click the links to download the Creative Footprint study from New York 2018 and Berlin 2017.
  • If you are in Detroit and made it to The Potential tweet us your thoughts @VibeLabNetwork #WunderbarTogether #ThePotential2019
Further Reading/ Watching/ Research
  • Read the Guardian piece focusing on the survival of queer spirit against the odds in Sydney.
  • If you can’t make it to The Potential in Detroit, but want to learn more about the inter- city Detroit Berlin connection, you can read more here
  • Techno City is a great half an hour watch, directed by Ben Cohen back in 2000, it shows the development of Techno in Detroit and its influences, dissemination and the challenges the city faced. Are these challenges still relevant today? Tweet us @VibeLab with your thoughts
Thats all from us at VibeLab!
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