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The 2020 Conference Program commences at 3pm on Sunday 2nd February with round-the-room member updates, technical presentations, a venue tour and conference / trade show welcome gathering with industry.

Delegates get down to business from 9:00am on Monday 3rd February with an opening keynote by special guest Brad Alcock, Lighting Designer, who will share his 25 plus years experience in helping to create large events within the entertainment industry around Australia and the world and why its is so important to focus on "keeping it real".

Other special guest speakers include:

  • Rick Huriwai from Heightened Security who will share his passion for public safety in his presentation "Considering Layered Security During Design" which will incorporate security from a venue design perspective and considerations with implementing both physical and procedural security across precincts;
  • Tracy Margieson from the Arts Wellbeing Collective / Arts Centre Melbourne will introduce the important work and resources available through the Collective to support the health and wellbeing of artworkers including crew and touring parties.

On Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th February there's two full days of presentations, workshops and case studies by members and national experts on a range of topics including venue security, transitioning to LED lighting, health and wellbeing, technical training, human resources, and industry-specific training in AV, sound and lighting.

A highlight for technical staff will be the indepth venue tours of the new state-of-the-art Cairns Performing Arts Centre and Munro Martin Parklands, the unique Tanks Art Centre and the spectacular art-deco Innisfail Shire Hall.

Running parallel to the conference will be an integrated industry trade show which opens at 5.30pm on Sunday 2nd February and runs for the duration of the event at CPAC. The ever-popular trade show offers delegates and suppliers, the opportunity to share, discuss and demonstrate recent advances in staging, technical and production equipment and technologies.

Networking opportunities will be plentiful with conference dinners on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights, dusk functions and other catered breaks. Previous delegates will know that the gold of this event is the benefit gained from networking with peers and interstate colleagues – it provides a genuine opportunity for information sharing to facilitate best-practice in your venue/workplace.

Please click here to download a PDF of the 2020 Conference Program.


Brad Alcock

Director, BAAC Light
Brad Alcock : Lighting Designer Brad has over 25 years experience as a professional creative... More

Rick Huriwai

Director, Heightened Security
A security expert with more than 30 years hands-on experience at a high level; gained from time... More

Tracy Margieson

Project Manager, Arts Wellbeing Collective / Arts Centre Melbourne
Tracy Margieson is the Project Manager of the Arts Wellbeing Collective at Arts Centre... More