Sydney’s latest bid win bolsters creative hub credentials

SIGGRAPH Asia has announced Sydney to be the host city for its 2023 conference and exhibition.

Expected to attract over 2,500 delegates to Sydney and thousands of visitors to the exhibition showcase, SIGGRAPH Asia will take place from 12-15 December 2023.

The event was secured by BESydney in partnership with the Australasian ACM SIGGRAPH Asia community and in coordination with trade fair organiser, Koelnmesse.

“Sydney is one of the world’s most creative cities and it’s great to see this latest win for the business events sector, which continues to play a key role in restarting our city and state’s economy as global communities reopen,” said Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres.

SIGGRAPH Asia Chief Staff Executive Prakash Ramajillu said Sydney’s selection is “testament to the depth of the city’s creative sector and its world-class venue in the ICC Sydney”.

“Sydney as the host city for 2023 is an exciting prospect for SIGGRAPH Asia and we look forward to further building on the foundations set by the various communities,” said Ramajillu.

“We’re pleased to return to Australia’s thriving technology, creative industries and media scene, with so many new developments in this field since we were last here in 2019.”

BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith said the organisation had secured 20 new meetings for Sydney in the last 12 months across technology, health, science and infrastructure which are expected to bring in almost 13,820 delegates.

“The desire to meet face to face is getting stronger the longer people’s business activities are confined to Zoom, and this is another positive milestone towards the market’s return,” she said.

“Sound management of the pandemic across our city and state is giving increasing confidence to our local and global clientele to choose Sydney for their next meeting.

“In 2019, Sydney returned to the global Top 20 host cities, and international events like SIGGRAPH Asia prove the pulling power of Sydney as a global meeting destination.”

The last time SIGGRAPH Asia was held in Australia was the 2019 event in Brisbane.