Taking BAMOASD to the nation

johnboy 26 December 2011 5

Joy Burch brings the intriguing news that Canberra’s beloved Beer And Meat On A Stick Days are going to be broadcast to the nation:

The National Multicultural Festival will reach more people than ever before thanks to significant new sponsorships with SBS and digital content provider GoConnect, ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs Joy Burch said today.

“The Festival is one of the biggest events of its kind in Australia, and these two major broadcast deals will allow us to reach more people than ever,” Ms Burch said.

“SBS’s status as one of our major broadcasters as well as a leading champion of multicultural affairs marks them out as a perfect partner for the Festival, and high-profile presenters from the network will be hosting key events throughout the three days of the Festival.

“GoConnect is a leader in the provision of IPTV and this sponsorship represents the first time the Festival will be broadcast over this new broadcast platform. We will be reaching new markets and setting the template for festivals to come.”

The 2012 National Multicultural Festival runs from 10-12 February in Canberra City. Australian pop star Anthony Callea is the headline act and will top the opening concert, while wine industry magnate Wolf Blass is the Face of the Festival.

Ms Burch said feedback from the 2011 event had been incorporated into the planning for the 2012 Festival, particularly around spreading out the site to avoid and risk of overcrowding while also providing more seating and areas for people to rest.

We seem to go through a regular cycle when the multicultural festival grows ever grander aspects, generally ignored by the wider community, before paring back to the bit people actually like.

We appear to be in the growth cycle again.

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5 Responses to Taking BAMOASD to the nation
p1 p1 11:31 am 27 Dec 11

Thumper said :

I’m sure the government has many ways to utterly destroy the event.

Just give them time.

Ruining things is their core business.

I don’t know why people get worried about it being cramped in the current location? It seems to me to be a kind of self limiting thing. Unless they are planning to expand the number of good quality stalls, expanding the footprint will just water down the quality.

    johnboy johnboy 11:42 am 27 Dec 11

    Closing London Circuit for the festival and shifting the axis of the event to incorporate it would give some needed breathing space though.

Thumper Thumper 11:18 am 27 Dec 11

I’m sure the government has many ways to utterly destroy the event.

Just give them time.

gentoopenguin gentoopenguin 10:50 am 27 Dec 11

There was talk last year of moving it to Lake Burley Griffin foreshore somewhere. I agree that it’s cramped where it is but if moved it could risk spreading out and losing the atmosphere. Kind of like when the Old Royal Sydney Easter Show at Moore Park move to Homebush.

gooterz gooterz 8:06 pm 26 Dec 11

Can someone remind me who Anthony Callea is again?

Hopefully the civic square isnt wasted this year.. Didn’t most of the stalls there last year not happen?

I wish they had it in a bigger place.. Garema place is small as it is!

It always seems cramped and the doughnut place sells out of the chocolate ones too quickly

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