Participation in Spectrum Now profiles your event (and your business) via an extended marketing and promotional campaign, beginning in November 2015 and continuing through the summer months until the festival ends in mid-March.

Marketing is in Fairfax publications (newspapers and magazines) in print and online across Australia as well as via national and international media partners (TV, radio, digital). A strong PR campaign ensures maximum editorial opportunities.

Spectrum Now encourages artists from every creative arena to take part and make exciting new connections. Is there someone you’ve always wanted to work with? Somewhere you’d love to make art? Something you’ve been thinking about trying? Now is the time to reach out and be bold. This is your festival. Together we will throw the spotlight on Sydney’s iconic venues, hidden treasures and fertile minds.

Spectrum Now is the arts and culture festival that celebrates Sydney’s creativity. In 2016, it’s all about unique collaborations: mixing different people and venues and genres together to cook up something special and unexpected that’s never been seen before.


  • One listing in the official printed program that is distributed alongside Spectrum in Saturday’s The Sydney Morning Herald (over 240,000 copies distributed in the Sydney Metro area)
  • A dedicated full page event listing on our website (www.spectrumnow.com.au) including options for images, copy, video, ticketing hyperlinks, map, dates and prices.
  • Marketing and promotion will happen across the Fairfax Network as well as via our TV and radio partners to the value of over $4 million
  • All registered events will be put forward for potential editorial coverage across the Fairfax Networks.
  • An invitation to the launch party and the opportunity to register for artist passes to gain exclusive access, discounts and ticket giveaways.


To make your registration experience easy, follow the below step by step guide below. For full registration details, view our festival information guide here. 

For any questions, ask the festival team! Call us on 02 9282 3157 or email us at spectrumnow@fairfaxmedia.com.au

The Spectrum Now festival celebrates what all creative establishments do year round in Sydney. This is your time to shine, wow the crowds, and bring us a never before seen collaborations to make your event stand out and captivate our audiences.

A unique collaboration must be a featured as part of your event idea.

All festival events must fit into one of the below categories:

Art, Music, Stage, Conversations.

If you are are a fabulous foodie and wish to participate in Quick Bites, you can select this option from the drop down menu on the registration page. If you are a restaurateur looking for information about the Nosh Pit please click here

If you are unsure which category you fit into email or call us for assistance.

Your event type will be either:
a.) a one off single date event or
b.) a multi date event that happens more than once during the festival.

Don’t worry about finalising all of the details of the event, just make sure you get online and register.  Don’t miss out on the early bird discount or our printed program deadlines. Register straight away with a basic event type in mind, and then continue developing your event and update your event details online it takes shape.

Log in to your registered event through our homepage www.spectrumnow.com.au

All event details must be finalised by October 30, 2015 to meet our printed program deadline. Please remember to include great images, videos, quotes and copy. The more detailed information you can provide the better!

We will alert you when our Brand guidelines for 2016 are ready to download.

We ask all festival participants to launch their events the same day the program is launched to make the biggest impact possible. We will do all we can to help promote the Spectrum Now festival, however the greatest success comes with a collaborative approach. We encourage you to continue your regular marketing strategy and promote your event independently from us as well.

Let the festival begin! Join us at the launch party and don’t forget to register for artist passes to gain exclusive access, discounts and ticket giveaways.


Single date events, are a one off event, on one singe date.
$295 inc GST Early Bird
$395 inc GST Standard rate

Multi date events are reoccurring. This is the same event/performance occurring more than once throughout the festival.
$345 inc GST Early Bird
$445 inc GST Standard rate

Early Bird Pricing: July 29 – September 30, 2015
Standard Pricing: October 1 – October 30, 2015

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Photo Credit: Cuthill
Photo Credit: Gelato Messina
Photo Credit: Tanya Strestha

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