Sydney’s blockbuster events should boost NSW’s economy after Covid

Your finances need you – and NSW has a fantastic range of events to pump up to $ 1 billion into the state. Find out what’s coming up across NSW.

Your finances need you – and luckily NSW has a fantastic range of fall and winter events that can pump up to $ 1 billion into the state.

“NSW has an incredible calendar of blockbuster events ready for our fall and winter months,” said Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres.

“From Australian premieres of hit music productions to World Cup qualifiers and our internationally celebrated Vivid Sydney, we have something for everyone from Mundi Mundi to Mrs Macquaries Chair.”


Phantom of the Opera: The longest-running show in music history comes to the Handa Opera on the Sydney Harbor stage from March 25 to April 24.

SURFEST: 2022 will mark the 36th anniversary of SURFEST at Merewether Beach in Newcastle from 15-27. March.

Sydney Royal Easter Show: Australia’s biggest ticket event, as the country meets the city from 8 – 19 April.

Toyota Tamworth Country Music Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2022 from the 18th-24th. April.

The Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash 40 miles northwest of Broken Hill from 21-23. April, and enjoy an amazing array of iconic Australian musicians.

State of origin between NSW and Queensland begins at Sydney’s Stadium Australia on 8 June.

Living Sydney celebrates its 12th anniversary from May 27 to June 18.

Afterpay Australian Fashion Week from 9.-13. May gives Australian designers a global platform.

9-5 Musicals plays in Sydney’s The Capitol Theater until 1 May. The Australian Women’s Classic, formerly known as The Australian Ladies Classic, in Bonville takes place from the 21st to the 24th. April.

Parkes Elvis Festival in its 29th year takes place on the 20th-24th. April.

Great southern nights across all corners of NSW from March 18 to April 10.

Sydney Biennale is a free event that takes place from March 12 to June 13.

Australian Socceroos vs. Japan in a World Cup qualifier at Stadium Australia on 24 March.

Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said the purpose of the events was to rebuild the $ 43 billion visitor economy and grow to $ 65 billion by 2030, where NSW would be “the event capital of Asia and the Pacific”.

“We want the NSW visiting economy to shoot at all cylinders, and the NSW government has a razor-sharp focus on facilitating a strong consumer- and business-led recovery of the state,” he said.

The key was to get people to withdraw from their Covid isolation habits and get out and enjoy events that have been canceled for the past two years.

Margy Osmond, CEO of the Tourism and Transport Forum, said: “Ticket sales are just the tip of the iceberg, these events could be worth up to $ 1 billion for the NSW economy in direct and indirect costs.

“Every time you have an event, people spend the night, hotels go to laundries with their sheets, people eat at restaurants, and farmers sell products.”

Mrs Osmond said this was the opportunity to use and boost the domestic economy.

“Now is the time for domestic travel, and if you live in NSW, you have the most opportunities for adventure and fun.”

The bush is coming to Sydney for the 200th Easter show, which defied Covid for 12 days last year to attract 800,000 people to the exhibition space with a financial impact of $ 250 million.

Entertainer Brad Green said: “I think it’s going to be an economic boom with so many people coming to enjoy the family entertainment.”

Vivid will also light up the city from late May to late June. Before Covid, it attracted 2.4 million visitors and pumped $ 172 million into the economy.

Artist Paul Capsis is performing at Vivid for the first time this year, urging people to attend because “this city needs new energy.”

Designer Julie Shaw from Maara Collective will have a collection on the catwalk at Australian Fashion Week and hopes it will help open up the economy to local producers.

Theaters play again for crowded houses. Erin Clare, who plays Doralee Rhodes in the Dolly Parton musical 9 to 5, said it has been “really hard not to perform for two years”.

“We lost our income, but also who we are as human beings,” she said. “Everyone has come back so much more grateful for what we are capable of doing.

“We love theater and now we need people to come out and laugh, drink and enjoy live entertainment again.”

Country music singer Adam Harvey is heading to the 50th Tamworth Country Music Festival in April, saying that “it’s the light at the end of the tunnel for everyone in the country music scene.

“After Covid, we enjoy going out and playing live more than ever. You lose your sense of purpose when you can not get out and do what you love,” he said.

Noiseworks founding bass guitarist Steve Balbi will play at Mundi Mundi Bash on Broken Hill, which is under the headline of Paul Kelly. “There’s a hell of a lot of pent-up entertainment ready to be unleashed,” he said.

“If you like rock and roll and want an experience once in a lifetime, then you must come.”

The King swings in Parkes in April for the reshuffled Elvis festival.

Asked if he would attend, imitator Emilio Prince said, “Uh huh. That would be great. Thank you very much.”

The sport is also underway. Golfer June Song will play in the Australian Women’s Classic, while teen surfer Grace Durrant will compete in the Junior Pro at Surfest in Manly. The State of Origin begins at Stadium Australia on June 8 and could generate more than $ 100 million this year.

The six weeks of the Autumn Racing Carnival will generate $ 62 million in expenses for the NSW economy. Australian Turf Club CEO Jamie Barkley said: “This is Sydney’s first racing carnival in more than two years with no restrictions and we’ve already seen people flock to Longine’s Golden Slipper to celebrate world – class live racing and entertainment.

“Autumn is a great time in Sydney to spend and get out in your finest racing clothes with friends for the Royal Randwick Championships.

“Going on the track and getting major events running across Sydney again is how racing helps drive the economy and get more people back into a very tough job market.”

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