Industry Night: A Night for the Ages, by Greg Tingle
have entered a new era of post-pretentious networking
events. Such was the Merelyplayers Creative Arts Industry
Night recently held at Sydney's coveted Arthouse Hotel.
night need not be oversold, for we personally know
the PR man for this event, and no "cold call"
or "hard sell" was required. Everyone wanted
to come, and many did.
is Bryan's Cutt's brainchild; but he is quick to point
out that the evening was about "cross pollinating"
the industry, and everyone working together.
were not only an a-list, but really genuinely interested
people; those keen to see excellent performances by
Didjitalis (a mix of funky digital sound and Didgeridoo),
Niki Shepard's flowing expressive dance, Monica Brian's
monologue, and a pertinent panel discussion, moderated
by Tony Chu, exploring "Multiple Creative Disciplines:
Australian Practitioners - Can they / do they work
were no "would bes" or wannabes there, but
that's not to say that everyone had already "made
it" in the business. Indeed, many young, talented
creative artists and "switched on" media
types were also on hand, and all gleaned a wonderful
experience, not to mention golden contacts, stemming
from the event.
networking was light, unforced and real. To the surprise
of nobody, dozens of attendees had previously either
met or heard of each other before. Such is the close-knit
creative arts sector in Sydney. Many introductions
were made personally and comfortably by both official
and unofficial meeters and greeters.
Arthouse Attic Bar was visibly buzzing, perhaps like
never before, with camera flashes abounding, creative
juices flowing and a sparkle in everyone's eye.
the night contained structure and planning, it was
not overly contrived, and to the delight of everyone,
the bar stayed open so press and the public were given
ample opportunity to meet and mingle with the performers.
the whole world is but a stage, and we are merelyplayers,
but this event was anything but merely another networking
the record, the $10 admission was only a token, for
this was truly a "million dollar night".
month the Merelyplayers saga continues with the presentation
of "Birth, Death and Everything Between",
which is due to open at Sydney's TAP Gallery on the
18th of March.
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