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    • 31 Jul 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 2 Aug 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • Melbourne Zoo

    MSAANZ Conference 2024. 31st July - 2nd August

    We are excited to be hosting the 2024 MSAANZ conference in Melbourne at the Melbourne Zoo.

    This year's theme is sustainability. Each speaker will demonstrate how, with viability, practicality, feasibility and durability at the heart of each decision they make, they are still able to deliver profit and ROI to their organisations and businesses

    We have a program packed with international and local speakers, discussing specialist topics such as publishing, collaborations and indigenous protocols.

    The programme will include panel discussions as well as time to network with other cultural retail professionals and engage in the conversations.


    The Keynote Speaker for this year, with extensive experience in the cultural enterprise sector, is Rosey BlackmoreLicensing and Merchandise Director, Tate.

    Working with aligned external brands, Rosie has helped produced collaborations that have netted enormous profits for the Gallery, to re-invest in programming.

    Other highlights include:

    • Gordon and Derek Liddle of Branded Ideas will tell us how to produce a product range with low minimums
    • Marnie Goding of successful fashion brand, Elk, will step us through their Transparency Report to demonstrate the way her brand champions sustainable fashion
    • NZ Artist Jess Johnson will give us an artists' perspective on creating merchandise and licensing
    • Ali Gregory, of Wellington Zoo and Caree Staples, Retail Business Manager, Zoos Victoria will talk about the way Sustainability informs their organisations' Retail businesses
    • This year's Annual Conference Dinner will be held at Il Gambero, Carlton

    And, even more importantly, Organisation and Supplier Members from across Australia and New Zealand will be meeting to share experiences, ask questions, meet colleagues and learn from home grown retailers and international cultural institutions, how we can continue to grow our businesses in a challenging financial environment. 

    Day 1 closes with a tour of the zoo followed by drinks and nibbles at the supplier market from 6 pm - 9 pm

    Here you can get to know the other delegates and meet with our supplier members to learn more about them and their products.

    The second day will be packed with more interesting and captivating sessions to inspire your own retail stores and development. At the end of Day 2 we will gather in Carlton for the conference dinner (additional charge),

    Day 3 is an informal day of sightseeing and visiting the key visitor experiences that Melbourne has to offer.

    Full conference 3 day Conference Cost: $495 plus GST

    Full conference ticket plus dinner: $620 plus GST

The only professional organisation dedicated to cultural retail management in Australasia.

MSAANZ provides Cultural retail buyers and suppliers a platform to connect in this distinctive industry.
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