The Right to Dance is real

At the beginning of the year Michael Rodrigues resolved to stop whinging about the state of Sydney’s nightlife and get on and do something about it…

My efforts to improve the future of Sydney’s nightlife have stepped up in 2018. In January, I organised a roundtable, co-authored five submissions, and wrangled 35 signatories from organisations including Future Classic, SONOS, Live Nation, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Greencliff, FBI Radio, Keep Sydney Open and Young Henrys, as well as Sydney’s leading independent bars operators. The result has been an accelerating groundswell that spans industries, ages, political leanings and geography.

Next Monday (March 26), I and a number of other high profile lovers of Sydney will be giving evidence to NSW parliament at the first public hearing for the music and arts economy inquiry. That evening, along with my longtime collaborator Justine Baker of Solotel, we will be hosting a gathering for interested parties to reflect on the day’s discussion and plan our next steps.

If watching the city you love atrophy pains you; if you wish to see Sydney once again blessed with a vibrant, welcoming, safe and inspiring nightlife; if you refuse to accept a State-preferred 10pm bedtime – please join me and other like minded industry leaders for a post-committee hearing debrief at the Kings Cross Hotel.

Together we can – we will – make Sydney late again.

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Michael Rodrigues is MD of Time Out Australia. You can reach Michael on 02 8239 5990 or michael.rodrigues@au.timeout.com, and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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