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Prepare to be entertained, inspired, and energized by the lineup of activities in store for you at the Sydney Convention. Here’s a highlight of events. For a complete list of events, download the preliminary schedule

Event Date
VIVID light show

The largest annual festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, Vivid Sydney lights up the city in an amazing spectacle with state-of-the-art illuminations, world-renowned performers, and a venue like no other.

Every night
HOC Event: Australian Rules Football Match

Experience Australian sport at its best with a match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Moore Park.

Thursday, 29 May
Rotaract Preconvention meeting

Celebrate Rotaract with members around the world who share your passion for creating positive change. Join friends, share ideas, and make connections for future exchanges.

Friday, 30 May
WASRAG World Water Summit 6

Share your passion for water, sanitation, and hygiene projects with others and learn from experts in the field during the World Water Summit.

Friday, 30 May
Climb for a Cause

Join RI President Ron Burton and Rotary members from around the world as we raise money for polio eradication while attempting to break a world record for largest group of climbers on the Sydney Harbour Bridge at one time.

Friday, 30 May
Presidential New Generations and Rotary Alumni Celebrations

Connect with old and new friends at the Rotary Alumni Celebration, then get together with young leaders from around the world and share ideas for making a difference at the New Generations Celebration: Connect for Good.

Saturday, 31 May
End Polio Now – Make History Today Walk

Join us for a 3K (1.8 miles) walk to raise awareness for Rotary and polio eradication, at Sydney Olympic Park.

Saturday, 31 May
Opening Plenary

Human Nature will bring their Motown sound to the opening plenary of the convention, which will also feature the Rotary Parade of Flags and welcoming remarks.

Sunday, 1 June
HOC Event: Opening Day Barbeque

Australian Rotary clubs are famous for their traditional Aussie barbecues. To kick off the convention, the Great Aussie BBQ will be held at Cathy Freeman Park, in Sydney Olympic Park, close to the main plenary hall, Allphones Arena.

Sunday, 1 June
Plenary Session 2

World-renowned expert on leadership Tommy Spaulding will present Changing the World One Relationship at a Time. Other speakers include former Australian cricket star Brett Lee, Diabetes expert Martin Silink, and World Toilet Organization founder Jack Sim.

Monday, 2 June
HOC Event: Sydney Opera House Concert

Sydney Symphony Orchestra performs at the famous Sydney Opera House.

Monday, 2 June
Plenary Session 3

Paralympian, award-winning television broadcaster, motivational speaker, and polio survivor Ade Adepitan will share his story. Other speakers include Maya Ajmera, recipient of the 2013-14 Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award, and Dr. Bruce Aylward of the World Health Organization.

Tuesday, 3 June
HOC Event: Host Hospitality Night

Meet local Rotary club members as they host visitors in their homes, at clubs, or at local restaurants.

Tuesday, 3 June
Plenary Session 4

Speaker include Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Kelsi Cox and New Generation Chair Ronald Kawaddwa from District 9211 (Uganda).

Wednesday, 4 June
Closing Plenary Session

The convention comes to a close with an acceptance speech from the president-nominee and the president-elect sharing his vision for the coming year. Closing entertainment.

Wednesday, 4 June