Which venues do you represent?
Logan Entertainment Centre and several other community venues in the City of Logan.
Tell us something people don’t know about your venue?
Logan Entertainment Centre is a very flexible venue, I like to call it a “boutique events centre”. It is extremely configurable and is in a regular cycle from theatre mode with tiered seating for 650, to banquets for 450 to flat floor for 1,200. People over use the word “literally” but the LEC literally delivers events from mixed martial arts fights through to The Wiggles and the Queensland Theatre Company, so this venue services a very wide range of needs for the Logan community. Something people don’t know or often forget is that our team also manages Beenleigh Events Centre, Kingston Butter Factory Community Arts Centre and three more community centres - two of them even have live-in caretakers.
What has been the most memorable event at your venue?
I have only been with Logan City Council for a bit over two years but one of my strongest memories was the first time I saw the cultural performance element of the Spark it Up! Program. It was amazing. Young people from many of the Pacific Island and Maori communities came together and delivered cultural performances, some of which they added their own twist to. They had been rehearsing for weeks, it was like a Pasifika X-Factor. The show was stopped twice because audience was getting so excited!
What do you love about your audiences?
We really strive to provide safe venues that not only have a relaxed and welcoming feel but are also run to a very high standard. Really it is our job to provide a place for the community to gather, communicate, be entertained and sometimes learn something about themselves or the world. The range of events we deliver in our venues allows us to meet a diversity of patrons and they often feel a real connection to the spaces, so I guess that community and connection is what I love.
Top Tourist tip in your town?
Our Eats and Beats pop-up music and food event just started this year and is hugely popular. It is a great evening market experience that has mouth-watering meals and live music. It pops up in different parts of the city so check it out on Facebook.
Best place for a short black?
Harmony on Carmody, located at 2 Carmody St, Logan Central, is a great place to stop in, grab a coffee and pick up some of Logan’s cultural vibe.