Creating a cultural hub & the importance of festivals & events to the visitor economy

Visitor Economy Stream

South Australia’s arts and cultural festivals deliver more than $80m in new money to the state each year. Hundreds of millions of dollars are generated in economic activity and the sector is growing at around 10% per annum. Learn why cultural hubs are drawcards, why Adelaide is such a perfect host city and leads the nation in ticket sales for festivals, and what significant opportunities exist for the tourism industry around the experiential traveller market.

Christie Anthoney

Chief Executive Officer | Festivals Adelaide
Christie Anthoney

Christie is an experienced arts leader who has worked in the festivals, education and arts sector for over 20 years.

She has experience in senior management, artistic direction, public policy development, event delivery and strategic solutions.

She has a strong commitment to social outcomes that progress creativity, support artists and generate wealth.

Through years of working around the world with experienced professionals in many fields, Christie has built a vast network and is always just degrees away from the right person for the job. She is a well regarded ‘connector’.

She is able to conceptualize, think in broad framework and yet deliver in practical ways, which, she is told, is quite unique.

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