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International celebration experts to help plan Centenary

By Kerces - 11 May 2006 7

At today’s Creating a Centenary of Innovation forum at Old Parliament House, a panel of international experts in creating celebrations talked about what to do for Canberra’s 100th birthday. I’m not sure how many people knew this forum was happening, but if Jon Stanhope says it was so, it must have been so.

The international experts included:

# Kate Oakley – recognised author and policy analyst, and the prime author of the Creative London report;
# Andrew Walsh – Director of London Millennium Celebrations and many other high-profile international events; and
# Rhoda Roberts – Creative Director of Parramatta’s Foundation Day Celebrations, and also creative director of the Awakening Segment of the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Reading between the lines, Mr Walsh seems to have been the main player and was reportedly very enthusiastic about the whole thing and, along with the Chief Minister, thinks the centenary will be “the ideal opportunity to celebrate Canberra’s achievements”.

I’m feeling quite enthusiastic about Mr Walsh’s involvement, especially after I found out the London Eye was one of their centenary projects. I would love to have a giant Ferris wheel in Civic (no, really — it’d just be like the merry-go-round only more grown up). Any other amusement park rides our government should consider building to celebrate on?

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7 Responses to
International celebration experts to help plan Centenary
atnasS 3:27 pm 12 May 06

How about a bunch of clowns sitting around in the LA for the week? hang on, that is already happening.

Thumper 2:33 pm 12 May 06

And we can have the Kate Carnell Pissed tour of Wineries…

I’ll be in that….

Bring back Katie, I liked her….

simto 2:29 pm 12 May 06

Kate Carnell can pop out of a corner and throw masonry at your kids…

What, Katie Bender jokes aren’t current any more?

fro-lishus 2:04 pm 12 May 06

Can we have “Centenary Bumper Cars”? Or perhaps a “Haunted Legislative Assembly” ride?

Thumper 1:43 pm 12 May 06

Hey, I’m a recognised author.

I wrote something once and some people recognise me….

Thumper 1:41 pm 12 May 06

Free beer for a month….

Maelinar 1:01 pm 12 May 06

How about a rollercoaster that goes around the entirety of lake burley griffin, that when it’s not being used for tourists, displaced people who now have nowhere to park can use it to get to work.

I would call the novelty fun ride ‘Canberra MonoRail’.

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