Uploaded on Jan 31, 2011
About Australia Day
On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. It's the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. It's the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future.
Australia Day, 26 January, is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788.
Though 26 January marks this specific event, today Australia Day celebrations reflect contemporary Australia: our diverse society and landscape, our remarkable achievements and our bright future. It also is an opportunity to reflect on our nation's history, and to consider how we can make Australia an even better place in future.
On Australia Day, over half of the nation's population of 21 million attend either an organised community event, or get together with family and friends with the intention of celebrating our national day. Many more spend the public holiday relaxing with family and friends.
Yet Australia Day is much more than barbeques and fireworks. It is more than another public holiday. It is more than the pride and excitement of new citizens who call themselves Australian for the first time on 26 January after being conferred citizenship.
At its core, Australia Day is a day driven by communities, and the celebrations held in each town, suburb or city -- unified by the celebration of what's great about Australia and being Australian -- are the foundation of its ongoing success.
About Spirit Events & Entertainment
We have two goals when we organise an event. Firstly, that everyone has fun. After all what's the point in putting on corporate entertainment if people don't have a good time? Secondly, that your corporate message is seen and remembered.
Of course behind these goals lie a lot of thinking, planning and organisation. Which is what we're good at! Just relax and leave all the arrangements to us. With hundreds of successful projects under our belt, clients trust us to deliver creative and cost-efficient events - tailor made to their organisation, promotional objectives and budget.
Whether you want to arrange a small conference meeting or tackle a blue-chip event just call us for an informal chat. We'll be happy to talk through your needs and discuss some ideas before you commit to working with us. That way, together we can ensure that the whole event goes off without a hitch and is an occasion to remember!
Chris began his career in the arts and entertainment industry as a percussionist in the Royal Australian Air Force Central Band (Melbourne), where he had the opportunity to perform at a broad range of high profile events across Australia and overseas, including a number of AFL Grand Finals, the Melbourne Grand Prix, Earl's Court Tattoo (London), World Expo 88 and Commonwealth Games. Graduating with a degree in Arts Management from the prestigious WA Academy of Performing Arts, Chris managed the unique Effie Crump Theatre before being lured to the City of Perth's Marketing Department where he led the event team. Chris was responsible for delivering the City of Perth's annual program of events which consisted of over 15 major events each year including School Holiday programs, New Years Eve (Northbridge), Fashion in the City, Northbridge Festival, Turning on the Christmas Lights and Christmas Nativity; plus significant state events such as the West Coast Eagles Grand Final Celebrations and the Olympic and Paralympic Homecoming. Chris was also the overall event co-ordinator of the City's flagship event, and WA's largest community event, the Australia Day Skyworks. Prior to joining Spirit, Chris was the General Manager of Country Arts WA, the peak body for regional arts and culture in WA.
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