Event news for the week ahead


A new look for Fed Square, mandatory masks at events and more.

At A LIST Guide, we’re not only a one-stop shop for sourcing the best venues and suppliers for events, we’re also dedicated to keeping event professionals up to date on the latest industry news.

To kick off the working week, here are the latest industry headlines you need to know:

Face masks now mandatory in Sydney venues

Following new COVID-19 cases in parts of New South Wales in recent weeks, the NSW Government has announced it is now mandatory to wear a face mask indoors in Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong areas.

Hospitality and entertainment venues are included in the list of venues where masks are mandatory, as well as airports.

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has confirmed patrons attending conferences, banquets, exhibitions and live events at the venue are now required to wear a mask as a condition of entry.

NSW Government has clarified people may remove their mask when eating or drinking, for identity purposes or to communicate with another person who is deaf or hard of hearing.

Fed Square gets a rebrand

Melbourne’s Fed Square has undergone a major rebrand, revealing a new logo and brand positioning.

Under its new look, Fed Square will be marketed as ‘Anything But Square’ while promising a ‘Kaleidoscope of Experiences’.

Acting CEO Suzana Bishop said since opening in 2002, Fed Square has become a “globally iconic destination and Melbourne’s gathering place”.

“As a result, our brand needs to inspire, engage and celebrate our community. And our new identity does just that. It’s reflected in our program of events and offerings too,” she said.

To celebrate the rebrand, Fed Square has launched a series of short documentaries, special podcast episodes and Fed Oasis (featured image), an outdoor activation with live music, films and free wellbeing classes.

AV1 reveals ControlRoom 2.0

Audio visual supplier AV1 has relaunched its hybrid event studio, introducing ControlRoom 2.0 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in Sydney.

Now located in Quayside Room, the studio has been completely redesigned and rebuilt with a significant technical upgrade.

New features include the ability to seamlessly switch between any content source, a larger 7.2-metre, floor-to-ceiling LED wall, a new tech control room located in an adjoining room, ceiling-mounted studio-quality lighting and foldback monitors, plus a dedicated station to manage remote presenters.

Learn more about the updated studio here.

ControlRoom 2.0

ICC Sydney maintains exemption to host corporate events

ICC Sydney has maintained its clearance to host corporate events, which includes conferences, meetings, AGMs and awards and gala functions, in its Convention and Exhibition Centres, without a maximum capacity, subject to one person per four square metres.

Additionally, the Aware Super Theatre will continue to operate at 75 per cent capacity, accommodating up to 6,000 patrons for ticketed and seated events.

ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy said despite the new requirement to wear a mask indoors, there are no major changes to the venue’s ability to host events.

“We are closely monitoring the situation daily and the low number of new cases, or no cases, across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane,” he said.

“We are hopeful this positive trend results in the relaxation of border restrictions to enable greater certainty for the business events sector.”

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