Events legend Ignatius Jones dies aged 67

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Ignatius Jones has passed away aged 67 at his home in the Philippines following a short illness.

Jones played a pivotal role in Australia’s major events sector as director of the Sydney New Year’s Eve Celebrations (1996-2002), and Artistic Director alongside David Atkins for the Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, and the Harbour Spectacular Closing Ceremony.

He also directed the 2002 Gay Games Opening Ceremony and in 2017 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Australian Event Awards.

“His friends and family will remember Iggy as a bon-vivant, a lively raconteur and a real Renaissance man, immensely and passionately knowledgeable in history and the arts,” his sister Monica Trapaga said in a statement on X.

“The arts community in Australia has lost a champion, and dinner parties will now be less interesting, with his passing.”