30,000 participate in G20 culture

LUISA COOLS

Photo: Luisa Cools

More than 30,000 people attended the many cultural events organised around the G20 Leaders’ Summit.

G20 ‘Colour Me Brisbane’ Director Jono Perry stressed the importance of the public celebrations that were organized in the lead-up to the event.

“To stage an event like the G20, that’s a 48-hour event, but for an event to have an impact it needs to have 24 days.”

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Months of planning and the efforts of thousands of people were involved in the organisation of the G20 – an event which lasts only two days.

G20 Cultural Director Afal Young said the celebrations leading up the summit had showcased Brisbane’s diverse culture and civic freedoms.

“We’re celebrating extraordinary freedom,” Mr Young said.

“We’ve got a whole lot of capacity and ability to do things in our society that doesn’t necessarily happen in Saudi Arabia or Russia or somewhere else.”

The next G20 Leaders’ Summit in 2015 will be held in Turkey.

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