After two prolific years congregating the hair industry in 2022 and 2023, Hair Festival will be back for 2024, moving to premium events and entertainment space the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney on Sunday June 30 and Monday July 1, 2024.
“To take Hair Festival to the next level, there is no better venue in Australia. The entire weekend will be happening in one precinct – convenient for everyone. We want to make it easy, affordable and rewarding to be part of,” shared INSTYLE’s managing director Craig Hawtin-Butcher.
The event is created and brought to you by the teams at BHA Media (a subsidiary of The Intermedia Group, publisher of INSTYLE magazine and styleicons.com.au) and supported by the Australian Hair Industry Awards (AHIA) thanks to Mocha Publishing and the Australian Hairdressing Council (AHC), as facilitated by Sandy Chong, CEO of the AHC, and Linda Woodhead, CEO and Founder of Mocha Group. Attendees can expect two full days of Hair Festival’s heralded activities built around core industry concepts of education, innovation, networking and competition, as well the AHC’s Industry Day in Sydney on Friday June 28, the AHC Leadership Summit and Schmoozefest in Sydney on Saturday June 29 and the finale, Australian Hair Industry Awards (Creative) closing out the weekend with a gala event at The Star on Monday night, July 1.
“It’s great to see the industry so united and collaborating to bring this all together – the experience for visitors is going to be outstanding,” Sandy enthused.
Unmissable events through the Hair Festival weekend include the return of the industry’s party of the year, Hair Festival Wonderland, which has delighted the hair industry for two years with installations, drinks, food and dancing, as well as versatile and invigorating Education Sessions, the REALtalk Business Forum dedicated to salon leaders, the Hub centre of brand activity and so much more.
The change in date and venue ushers in a new, exciting era for Hair Festival, as a direct response to feedback across the industry. The new date allows hairdressers to spend the June long weekend more personally, without losing the incomparable Hair Festival experience later in the month, as the ultimate mix of both business and pleasure. The new venue at the state-of-the-art ICC in the heart of Darling Harbour is a dynamic, convenient option for Sydneysiders and interstate and international visitors, alike. Discounted accommodation will be available throughout Darling Harbour to help keep costs down for visitors and, with all elements walkable to one another, visitors can leave the car at home or benefit from extensive parking options on-site and nearby.
“We talked with – and truly listened – to the feedback from industry since Hair Festival 2023 wrapped,” said Hair Festival events and marketing director Renita Collins. “Brands, businesses and visitors told us they love the event and they want to see it grow in the heart of Sydney, and many in the industry want it all to happen on business and family-friendly days outside of public holidays. That’s what the new dates away from the the long public holiday weekend will deliver, along with cheaper accommodation and flights. It’s a win-win all round.”
Holding the heart, passion for the hair industry and sense of community that Hair Festival is created on, but with new details that usher in a brand new, bigger, brighter and better phase, Hair Festival 2024 is set to ignite the industry like never before. Save the date and start counting down. We’ll see you there!
To find out more and register your interest visit www.hairfestival.com.au
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