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Mackay Centre Opening Launches Festival of Arts

Mackay Centre Opening Launches Festival of Arts
July 10, 2009

The Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre is set to open tomorrow with Jimmy Barnes joining Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and an expected crowd of more than 10,000 people.

The first event at the $29 million Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre (MECC) will also serve as the official opening of the 2009 Mackay Festival of Arts, the regionâs signature arts festival including dance, music, arts and an opulent theatrical burlesque event.

The festival will also feature Aboriginal musical talent The Black Arm Band, Brisbane based dance ensemble, Polytoxic, a number of musical concerts, a dance party featuring five DJs, acrobats and lightshow, a theatre production of the childrenâs classic The Jungle Book and Greek tragedy Oedipus.

MECC is funded by a $28 million Queensland State Government grant and designed by award-winning Brisbane architects Cox Rayner (known for the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre),

It will offer many versatile spaces including a 1090-seat theatre, 100-seat studio space, two plenary halls that when fully extended seat 1800 people, two dedicated foyers, bars, breakout rooms, and extensive front-of-house and backstage amenities.

Situated midway between Cairns and Brisbane along the Queensland coast, Mackay offers a tropical option for conferencing and events.

MECC will, according to Civic Precinct and Events Manager Mark Fawcett, offer an exciting calendar of events from July 2009 onward, "with a combination of high-profile government and corporate conventions, coupled with trade and lifestyle shows, sporting events, and an exciting performing arts program."

About 300 delegates are expected to attend the first convention at MECC, the Botanic Gardens Australia & New Zealand Congress, from 8th to 11th October.


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