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G’day USA kicks off in Los Angeles!

Winner of The Australian X Factor 2016, Isaiah Firebrace, entertains guests at the Australia Day Reception.
29 January 2017

After a suite of events in New York, San Francisco and Austin, G’Day USA, Australia’s premier public and economic diplomacy program in the United States, headed to Los Angeles on 25 January 2017. 

The G’Day USA Premium Australian Dinner was hosted at Australian chef Curtis Stone’s hot new restaurant in Hollywood, ‘Gwen’. Australian premium produce, wine and culinary flair were on show for leading restaurateurs, food & beverage media and tourism providers. 

A pillar of G’Day USA’s policy program, the G’Day USA US-Australia Dialogue on Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific was held in partnership with the United States Studies Centre and the Perth USAsia Centre on 26 January. Bringing together some of the US and Australia’s leading foreign policy and US-Australia Alliance experts, the day-long program featured a roundtable discussion, keynote address by Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon Julie Bishop and a panel discussion for an audience of more than 150 guests. Minister Bishop’s address can be read here

An Australia Day reception followed, featuring a performance by the winner of Australian X Factor 2016, Isaiah Firebrace. 

The G’Day USA Gala, the pre-eminent business networking event of the program, returned to the iconic Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood on January 28. The evening honoured Oscar award winning costume and production designer Catherine Martin, Internationally acclaimed Executive Producer David Hill and Emmy award winning actor Ben Mendelsohn for their contribution to strengthening the US-Australia relationship. ARIA Award winning performer Vance Joy headlined the evening whilst emerging Indigenous performer Chris Tamwoy opened the show. The Gala also profiled emerging Australian talent in the creative industries as well as the very best Australian food and wine with a menu curated by Australia’s Neil Perry and America’s Wolfgang Puck. 

The inaugural G’Day USA Australian Film Industry Showcase rounded out the week of events with an advance screening of The Batman Lego Movie at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Centre. More than 400 guests came along and enjoyed the animated comedy, which features animation by award-winning Australian design, animation and visual effects company Animal Logic. Guests enjoyed a Q&A session with Chris McKay, Director of The Lego Batman Movie, Chris DeFaria, President of Dreamworks Animation and Grant Freckelon, Art Director at Animal Logic.

For the full 2017 G’Day USA program, including details of upcoming events, visit: www.gdayusa.org.