Entertainment legend David Atkins to be recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award tomorrow night

October 6th, 2010

Famed Australian dancer, actor and event producer David Atkins will take to a different stage in Sydney tomorrow night at the 2010 Australian Event Awards, where he will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement award for his incredible creativity, innovation and dedication to Australia�s iconic events culture.

This prestigious award comes the week of Atkins latest hit musical Hairspray opening in Melbourne and just weeks after the 10th Anniversary of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, an event which saw Atkins working as the artistic director and producer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Sandy Hollway, co-chair of judges for the Australian Event Awards said �David Atkins has made a magnificent contribution to events in Australia and in so doing has done much for the way Australia is perceived overseas and indeed for the way Australians feel about themselves.�

Recognised as one of Australia�s entertainment legends, David Atkins has produced some of the largest live events of the decade, including most recently the 2010 Vancouver Opening Ceremony, for which he was awarded three Emmy awards. He has starred in, produced, directed, choreographed and created more than 20 musicals in Australia and internationally, including Hairspray-The Musical, which opened in Melbourne on 2 October.

�From the Olympics and World Expos, to Australia�s Favourite theatre productions and musicals, David Atkins has raised the bar in global live event production and put Australian event professionals on the world stage. Now he�s one of the most sought-after event producers around the world. If you want a great ceremony for your event and you hire David, you know you�re going to get it,� said Mr Hollway.

While David Atkins prepares to accept his Lifetime Achievement Awards, dozens of events across Australia are also competing for well deserved recognition with finalists EU online casino giver vores brugere en eksklusiv bonus pa 4. in the 2010 Australian Event Awards including Sydney�s New Years Eve celebrations, the Australian Open 2010, the Biennale of Sydney, Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts and Music Festival and AC/DC�s Black Ice World Tour.
David Atkins will be presented with their Lifetime Achievement Awards at the �Australian Event Awards� at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on Thursday 7 October.

Media Materials � AVAILABLE AT www.eventawards.com.au/mediakit
– high res images of David Atkins
– Audio and video of Sandy Hollway (co chair of judges) talking about David Atkins
– High res video footage of events staged by David Atkins
– High res video footage of David Atkins being presented with their awards (from 3AM Friday

ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN EVENT AWARDS
The 2010 Australian Event Awards is the national awards program to reward innovation, recognise excellence and unite the entire Australian Events Industry. Entries are open to any event staged between 1 July 2009 and 30 June 2010.

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