Some of the nation’s most promising young stars performed at International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) in a Talent Development Project (TDP) concert today, which tested the venue’s spectacular theatre ahead of its official December launch.
The invite-only TDP Live concert, was part of ICC Sydney’s testing and commissioning program and was attended by 3,000 school children and friends of TDP, all of whom were among the first to witness ICC Sydney Theatre and the team in action.
Current students from the TDP and successful alumni took to the stage, including winner of The Voice 2014, Anja Nissen; Amanda Harrison, known for originating the role of Elphaba in the Australian production of Wicked; and Trevor Ashley, star of the world premiere of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, said the concert was a great opportunity to foster the future of talent in Australia and showcase the new home of entertainment in Sydney.
“We’re were thrilled to host this show with the amazing TDP performers. The concert put ICC Sydney Theatre’s amazing facilities to the test, including Australia’s largest purpose-built stage area, which at 44m wide, is up to twice the size of many Australian live concert venues. Attendees were also blown away by stellar audio visual technical equipment, and the innovative fan-shaped design which provides unobstructed views for up to 9,000 people when at capacity.
“ICC Sydney is the centrepiece of the AU$3.4 billion, 20-hectare transformation of Darling Harbour. Our performance spaces, and the team who work in them, are essential to the precinct’s integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment offering, which will further emphasise Sydney as one of the world’s most leisure and business destinations.”
TDP Founder and Artistic Director, Mary Lopez AM, said that partnering with AEG Ogden, the operating company of ICC Sydney, provides an exciting platform for their talent.
“As the most successful youth training and development program in the Australian music industry, we’re keen to create new opportunities for the next wave of Aussie talent. TDP Live has given them the chance to be among the first to play at one of Australia’s leading venues.
“The concert demonstrated the fantastic capabilities of our talent and Sydney’s new home of entertainment – ICC Sydney, which will host some of the most memorable shows in our country, starting with our musicians, and followed by international acts such as Keith Urban and PJ Harvey in the coming months.”
Alongside the main ICC Sydney Theatre, ICC Sydney features a range of performance and arts spaces including the Darling Harbour Theatre, Pyrmont Theatre, Australia’s largest ballroom, a 5,000sqm open air Event Deck and 35,000sqm of exhibition space.