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Event contract offered

31 Aug 2016

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The City of Melbourne is offering a $500,000 contract to deliver a 2017 event program for Docklands.

The successful party will be required to plan, manage and deliver three key events in Docklands through to the end of June next year.

The council tender document calls for a Christmas-themed event to be held between November 25 and December 25, which develops “a strong thematic concept that showcases Docklands as a must-visit Christmas destination.”

It suggests traditional Christmas events such as carols, performances and Christmas markets, community engagement activities and Christmas installations across the precinct.

It also requests a “Winter Festival” during June, which would build on the “former fireworks in Docklands”.

The council did not provide a direct response when asked whether this meant the Friday night winter fireworks would not be continuing next year.

The tender document outlines suggested Winter Festival day-time activations, including performances, family-friendly activities and activation of the waterways, along with night time activations such as projections, fire and fireworks.

A City of Melbourne spokesperson said the council was currently working on an engaging and consistent year-round events calendar, including an enriched “Winter Festival”.

“This plan allows local businesses to leverage off additional visitors to the area, and allows the positive positioning of Docklands as a unique location in the city.”

“A major part of the Docklands events strategy is that all contractors are regularly reviewed to ensure value for the council and rate payer investment and that a quality and entertaining product is delivered.”

“A decision on the program, concepts and activities for next year’s ‘Winter Festival’ will be announced later this year.”

Alongside the Christmas and winter events, the council had asked tender applicants to conceptualise and propose a third key event.

The tender document says applicants should consider activities that encourage “active participation and engagement” with Docklands and its key stakeholders and which presents the area in a “new and exciting way”, focusing on engagement of the local worker and resident community.

Applications for the Docklands event contract are now open and close on September 12.

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