G20, trick or treat?
What a terrific opportunity for Brisbane to be profiled as a truly contemporary and vibrant social and business centre in the Asia Pacific. Leave aside the politics, if you can, the G20 Leaders meeting, the cultural festival and major events being staged to challenge the imagination of many international visitors, and to generate that important pride among the people of the city, will leave a lasting legacy.
Australian cities don't get such opportunities often and it's great to see how Queensland and Brisbane has followed through.
An important event will be the G20 Global Café, a thought and issues leadership forum being held ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit. Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announced the State Government had become the major partner in the Brisbane Global Cafe, to be held at City Hall on 12-13 November. Together, the Premier and Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk agreed that the Global Cafe was a major opportunity to capitalise on the international spotlight from the G20.
A stellar line-up of more than 70 speakers will include one of the world’s leading scientific minds, Michio Kaku, and international digital identity Alexis Ohanian, who will “beam in” to the Global Cafe on the event’s giant 45m screen and take part in a global interactive discussion.
Have a look at the Brisbane Host City G20 website, http://www.choosebrisbane.com.au/G20-Brisbane
And just ahead of the G20, the Gold Coast hosts the Pan Pacific Masters Games and a valuable Pan Pacific Masters Games International Sports Science Symposium…‘Play it, Live it, Love it!’ is the slogan of the Symposium ,which encapsulates its competitive, participatory and social environment. The dates are 1-9 November 2014.