Susan Kirby, CEO of Ireland’s National St Patrick’s Festival, will be an international keynote presenter at Meetings and Events Australia’s EVOLVE 2019.
“We are delighted to have Susan as one of the keynote speakers,” said MEA’s CEO Robyn Johnson. “The story of St Patrick’s Festival is a great example of how an event can position a destination globally and highlights the importance of events in creating legacies, promoting businesses and enhancing a community.”
Kirby has worked in the arts for more than 20 years, most recently leading major cultural initiatives across Ireland’s festival sector. She joined the award-winning St. Patrick’s Festival in 2007 as marketing & communications director and went on to become CEO in 2009.
During her time as Festival CEO, Susan has also delivered other major events and festivals including Skyfest fireworks; Dublin Contemporary 2011, Bram Stoker Festival; DublinSwell; and GAA 125th Anniversary celebrations.
“I am delighted to be invited to speak at Evolve 2019 – it is really exciting to share the festival story, meet industry peers and to hear the issues of the day being considered by some of the top people in the events industry,” Kirby said.
EVOLVE 2019 will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 31 March to 2 April.