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”