emPower Port Adelaide FestivalSubmitted by Michael Clarkin
Through a program of films, keynote speeches, master classes and activities, the emPower Port Adelaide Festival will inspire people to make their community, state, country and world a better place.
Speakers will include humanitarian/filmmaker/author Alison Thompson OAM who established a post-earthquake Refugee Camp in Haiti with Sean Penn and Laurel Papworth, who is considered Australia's #1 Social Media influencer.
Problem you're solving
The idea will benefit the Port Adelaide community on a number of levels.
Firstly, local business owners will benefit by having access to a Social Media leader; the calibre of Laurel Papworth who will provide advice to business owners as to best leverage Social Media as part of their marketing mix. By including Social Media influencers, the event has the potential to have a great reach through Social Media platforms, both in the lead up to the Festival and through live twitter back-channels.
Furthermore, high profile guest speakers such as Sydney-born Alison Thompson will provide national and international publicity opportunities and should attract interstate visitors, in addition to visitors from across Adelaide and South Australia, providing an economic tourism boost to the area.
Finally, the event will offer employment and training opportunities to locals who are interested in or studying event management, through the establishment of an organising committee and appropriate delegation of tasks.
The project will be delivered by utilising established venues in the Port Adelaide area. Venues such as the Semaphore Odeon cinema; local cafes, local pubs and function centres (such as the function areas at the Semaphore Palais), would be ideal to host events. The money will be spent by engaging guest speakers inclusive of flights and accommodation. The costs of venue hire will also be covered as well as basic office overheads including marketing materials such as Sponsorship Proposals for private partners.
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