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G20 Leaders' Summit

The G20 Leaders’ Summit was held on 15 and 16 November 2014 in Brisbane, where world leaders met to make decisions on key economic and financial policy issues. The Summit was the most significant meeting of world leaders Australia has hosted and put the world’s focus on Brisbane and Queensland, providing valuable opportunities to promote tourism, build international networks and highlight the best of what this state has to offer. As many as 4000 delegates and 3000 international and domestic media representatives attended the event.

Prior to the G20 Leaders’ Summit, there were two meetings of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, with the first meeting held in Sydney on 22 and 23 February 2014, and the second in Cairns on 20 and 21 September 2014. These meetings were a critical part of the preparatory process to support the G20 Leaders’ Summit and focused on financial and economic issues.

G20 Cultural Celebrations

The State Government organised a program of G20 Cultural Celebrations that allowed Brisbane to shine on the international stage in the lead up to the G20 Leaders Summit.

It’s estimated that 280,000 people attended the celebrations that were held across the city and suburbs of Brisbane from Friday 24 October to Sunday 16 November 2014.

Over 150 free events were staged over 24 days, with 7,000 Queensland artists and community members involved and over 200 performances in 65 different venues.

Watch highlights from the celebrations

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Video transcript

Campbell Newman: Ladies and gentleman, thank you so much for coming out this evening in force to show pride in our state and welcome the world to Brisbane.

Jono Perry: Colour Me Brisbane transforms the city every night during the G20 Cultural Celebrations. We’ve got 32 sides of buildings lit up. It’s a fantastic experience for families, there’s lighting, projection, laser all over the city. We’re honoured by the fact that we’ve got the leaders of the world coming here so let’s have a party and celebrate and Colour Me Brisbane is part of that.

Athol Young: Over the next 24 days, we’re going to present to the people of Brisbane an extraordinary celebration of our city, of us as a people, of our diversity and the skills and talents that exist here.

Mcklein Javeri: Spring Flair 2014 is part of the G20 Cultural Celebrations opening weekend. Here at the Riverstage we’ve had over 50 (could be 15?) multicultural performances and activities, so it’s been a great melding of cultures, which is what the Spring Flair is all about.

James Morrison: Nearly 300 performers here tonight and we’ve also got the Brisbane Choir, some fantastic soloists, players from the conservatorium, as well as three of the top brass bands in Australia, all together on stage. As you can tell, I’m still a little bit excited and I hope the audience will be too.

Li Cunxin: Queensland Ballet is thrilled to perform Coppélia, which is one of our most successful ballets.

See photos from the celebrations

View images of the G20 celebrations on Instagram.

About the G20

The Group of Twenty (G20) is a group of 20 major advanced and emerging economies and is the premier forum for its members’ global economic and financial cooperation. Its members represent around 85 per cent of global GDP, nearly 80 per cent of global trade, and two thirds of the world’s population.

The G20 includes 19 countries and the European Union. The G20 works closely with international organisations, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations on a wide range of global economic issues. Additionally, five guest countries are invited each year to participate.

More information

The G20 was an Australian Government event, hosted by the Prime Minister and the Treasurer. A G20 Taskforce was established within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to oversee the overall policy and operational arrangements for G20 2014.

For more information, visit the Australian Government’s G20 website or contact the Australian Government's G20 Taskforce:

Last updated
27 February, 2015

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