Country Focus - Australia
14:30 - 15:30
DeLaMar Theater (D2 Network & Business Lounge) | Marnixstraat 402, Amsterdam
How the Australian festivals industry has aligned to tackle the government’s response to drug-related issues.
Like numerous countries around the world, drug use in Australia is a broad and prominent issue which impacts people of different ages, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. And like many other counties, Australia has experienced the tragedy of young people dying from drug-related causes whilst at a music festival.
Unlike many countries, the Australian Government still prioritises a legal approach to drug-related issues, rather than viewing harm caused by drug-use as a health matter. Following the recent deaths of two people at an electronic music festival in Sydney, the NSW Government announced that it would convene a “Safety at Music Festivals” expert panel to urgently respond to this issue. The problem was, not one representative from any music festival was invited to be on this expert panel.
Jane Slingo from Sydney’s Electronic Music Conference presents a 20-minute keynote, which highlights the industry’s coordinated approach to the government, and the importance of organised collaboration within the process of regulatory intervention.
Jane Slingo (Electronic Music Conference, AU)