FBi Presents: Sydney Unlocked at Vivid Ideas


18 June 2016


10am - 2pm


$15 from moshtix


Vivid Ideas Exchange, Museum of Contemporary Art

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Bringing together some of our city’s best thinkers and doers – from architects and city planners to journalists, teachers and artists – Sydney Unlocked is an opportunity to imagine and plan our city’s future as a creative capital.

Focusing on positive discussion and tangible outcomes, we’ll unpack where things have gone wrong, put inspiring international examples under the microscope and discuss how to better communicate our ideas for the future to those in power.


Sydney’s cultural climate is the subject of much public debate, with the lockout laws placed front and centre. But it’s not just the lockout. Sydney’s cultural vibrancy is struggling against other issues like housing affordability, regulation, political uncertainty, infrastructure needs and transport. So what is the remedy? What do we want the future of this city to look like? And how might we get there?


This is an ongoing discussion that needs many voices and ideas – and we want yours! Help us imagine a more creative future by answering one simple question: What is one idea that would make Sydney more vibrant?

Contribute your ideas using #SydneyUnlocked on Twitter (@fbiradio) and Instagram (@fbiradio) – or text the studio on 0409 945 945.








Jan Fran hosts The Feed on SBS2. She also writes, produces and presents everything from long form documentaries to comedy segments for the show. Before that she was a TV journo-turned-VJ who shot and produced stories from all over the world.


Lisa Havilah is the Director of Carriageworks, Sydney. Since commencing in 2012, Lisa Havilah has implemented an ambitious contemporary multi-arts program that is unrelenting in its support of artists. Under her leadership, Carriageworks has experienced extraordinary audience, artistic and commercial growth which has resulted in Carriageworks becoming the fastest growing cultural precinct in Australia. Previously, she was the Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre, where under her directorship, the Centre pioneered an internationally renowned contemporary arts program that brought together culturally and socially diverse communities through the process of producing contemporary art. She has been named one of the top 100 influential people of Sydney and in 2014 was awarded FBi’s prestigious SMAC of the year.


Matthew Michael is the Managing Director of Sydney Creative Agency The Monkeys. The Monkeys have captured the imagination of Australian advertising, and were named Mumbrella Agency of the Year for 2015 and won the 2015 Ad Campaign of the Year for the MLA Australia Day Campaign. They have also won 2015 Agency of the Year for Creative Brief, AdNews and B&T amongst other industry accolades.


Tyson Koh is the Campaign Manager of the anti-lockout campaign Keep Sydney Open. Tyson has been at the forefront of the debate on Sydney’s nightlife and its cultural vibrancy. This culminated in the organising of a rally attended by over 15,000 people and several appearances in mainstream media. He is now a key contributor to the State Government on the future of Sydney’s night-time economy.


Ianto Ware currently works in Cultural Strategy at the City of Sydney. He was previously the founding director of Adelaide’s Format Collective, producer of the Festival of Unpopular Culture, and a founder and CEO of Renew Adelaide. In 2012, he was appointed National Live Music Coordinator, going on to become Co-Director of the National Live Music Office.


Megan Brownlow is a media and entertainment industry specialist at PwC. She has over 20 years experience in media and marketing, ranging from producing television and radio programs to designing cross-media strategies for online and traditional media properties. Megan is the Australian editor of PwC’s annual market-leading publication, The Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook, which provides forecasts and commentary on eleven media segments covering advertising and consumer spending. Megan is a board member of the MFA, an Advisory Committee member for the Bureau of Communications Research and the Research Strategy Panel for the Australia Council.


Craig Allchin is a director of Six Degrees Urban and Adjunct Professor of Architecture at UTS. Craig has worked in architecture, urban design and strategic planning on cities around the world across a range of scales. Projects have included metropolitan strategies, city extensions and masterplans in China and the Middle East, large urban renewal projects for the private sector, and fine grain strategies and projects. This range of experience puts him in a unique position to understand the process of development and change within cities and their component parts.


Jordana Maisie is an artist and designer based in New York City. In her eight years of creative practice, Maisie has made large-scale public artworks, created several profiled gallery works and worked for clients such as Vogue, IBM and FEIT. In 2014 she was invited to The White House in Washington DC as part of a design team tasked with creating a series of temporary installations for an event hosted by The First Lady, Michelle Obama.


Jaimie Leonarder aka Jay Katz is an artist, entertainer, activist, therapist and somewhat of a Sydney institution. He’s spent years working with the community – as a nurse, a youth worker, a therapist in aged care and driving a Missionbeat van assisting the homeless. He has hosted countless cult cinema nights at the MuMeson archives and ran legendary nightclub “Sound of Seduction”. He was the star of SBS documentary “Love & Anarchy “, co-host of SBS “Movie Show” and was co- presenter of FBi’s infamous radio show “The Naked City”.  Currently he is running two weekly events in the city, “Toho Nights” at Goros & “Viva la Vinyl ” at the Darlo Bar.


Hugh Nichols is the City of Sydney’s Strategy Advisor for Live Music and Performance. He was the project manager of the City’s Live Music and Performance Taskforce, and co-authored the resulting Live Music and Performance Action Plan.