5 Australia Day Celebrations in Melbourne You Cannot Miss
Sydney’s got all the pomp and circumstance, but Melbourne’s got the history (and a lot of fun, too!). Here’s what you should check out in Melbourne on Australia’s favourite holiday.
Seaworks Maritime Festival
This three-day event cumulates with a re-enactment of the arrival of Confederate cruiser CSS Shenandoah in Melbourne by the crew and a firing of the ship’s canons. The maritime-themed festival celebrates the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the Shenandoah, which is one of the only tangible ties to the Civil War.
The Seaworks site will host several different activities and displays over Australia Day, including the Seaworks Maritime Discovery Centre, ship models, wooden boats, the Sea Shepherd’s Steve Irwin, Emergency Service displays, Deep Sea Diving display, face-painting for children, music and food. Participants willing to participate in activities will be able to do sea kayak paddling and Melbourne Seaplanes Scenic flights.
Australia Day @ Federation Story
Australia Day is a time to celebrate the country’s history, and Federation Story lets you do just that. This is a free, interactive exhibition that traces the history of the Federation and explores significant moments in Australian history.
Most notable is the feature that allows visitors to browse a collection of personal stories of events, people and ideas that have shaped Australia. Federation Square in Melbourne is inviting Australians to share their stories at federationstory.com to see it streamed in real time at the permanent, multimedia exhibition.
The Races At Sportingbet Park
Sportingbet Park hosts its annual races for the public summer holiday. Not only will there be racing, there will also be cricket on the big screen and family entertainment on the course. The best perk? Kids under 13 years of age are free!
Australia Day Festival
The Dandenong suburb will be hosting one hell of a celebration for Australia Day. The community sees the holiday as a time for people of different backgrounds and experiences to gather together and reflect on what it means to be Australian, and to celebrate everything Aussies have in common.
The themed festival, this year titled “Australiana”, will include live music, roving performers, fireworks, food and market stalls, rides, family activities, workshops and games. Here’s a (not-so) brief list of the fun: Welcome to Country and a Smoking Ceremony, flag raising ceremony, Air Force Roulettes aerial display, cultural art activities, a Native Australian animals show and display, including a live crocodile and a dingo, special Under 5s World, storytelling in a magical Narnian-like tent, all hosted by Master of Ceremonies Dame Edna Average (Dame Edna Everage impersonator)
Manningham Australia Day
In the evening, celebrate the holiday at MC Square with free children’s activities like face painting, a mobile animal farm, magic demonstrations and indigenous cultural activities. Attendees will be provided a free sausage sizzle, fairy floss and popcorn.
This is a great event for families, as Muppets Most Wanted will be shown at 9pm.
Seo JungJin: Who is EY’s World Entrepreneur of 2021?
Seo JungJin, founder of biopharma firm Celltrion, which most recently developed an antibody treatment for COVID-19, has been named the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2021, becoming the first South Korean in the award’s 21-year history.
Regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year celebrates visionary and innovative leaders from across 60 countries who are transforming the world and fostering growth.
JungJin, who is now honoroary chairman of Celltrion Group, was up against a worthy cast of entrepreneurial competitors, taking the crown from among 45 award winners across 38 countries and territories.
Speaking during the virtual event, JungJin described his own interpretation of entrepreneurship as something that brings together “a group of people toward a common vision, embracing challenges as opportunities and committing oneself to contribute to the greater good”.
Why was JungJin crowned King Entrepreneur?
A South Korean native and now 63 years of age, JungJin founded biopharmaceutical firm Celltrion in 2003. In the nearly two decades since its founding, Celltrion has lived up to its goal of advancing health and welfare for all by developing ground-breaking drugs to treat autoimmune disease, various forms of cancer and, most recently, COVID-19.
The company, which JungJin started with just US$45,000 and five of his colleagues, has since growth to more than 2,1000 employees with sales permits in more than 90 countries and revenues exceeding US$1.69bn.
According to the panel, JungJin’s story is a shining example of the power of an unstoppable entrepreneur to change the world with the pandel moved by both his incredible story and his purpose-driven leadership, innovative mindset and entrepreneurial spirit.
Described by the chair of the EY judging panel Rosaleen Blair as “representing everything an unstoppable should be” from taking on the world’s biggest health care challenges to consistently creating long-term value for his company, JungJin’s story is one of incredible tenacity and perseverance that the judging panel felt most represented the entrepreneurial spirit.
“He’s taken breathtaking risks, both personal and professional, to found Celltrion and grow it into one of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies,” says Stasia Mitchell, EY Global Entrepreneurship Leader. “His passion for creating affordable, life-saving health care and flair for tackling global problems has led to many treatments that have helped millions of people worldwide and was especially evident this past year through the creation of a COVID-19 antibody treatment.”
How did JungJin get there?
JungJin's entrepreneurial journey started at an early age when he worked as a taxi driver to get himself through Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea. After studying industrial engineering, he rose through the ranks of Daewoo Motor Co. before losing his job amid the carmaker’s financial troubles following the 1997 Asian economic crisis.
Following this, JungJin started collaborating with colleagues to explore business opportunities in different industries, though none delivered lasting success. The turning point came after he attended a talk hosted by renowned scholars, which inspired him to focus on the biopharmaceutical sector.
And so he founded Celltrion with just US$45,000 of his savings. The launch of Remsima, credited with being the world's first antibody biosimilar, quickly moved Celltrion up the ranks of the country's fairly underdeveloped pharmaceutical sector. Celltrion followed this success with the launch of drugs for breast cancer and lymphoma that today are being used worldwide.
With ambitions to be the world’s first in different areas, Celltrion has pioneered numerous uncharted areas to great success over the past two decades, most recently responding to the global pandemic by successfully developing an antibody treatment for COVID-19 and working to ensure a timely supply of the safe and effective treatment.
“When I first started, my vision was to help patients gain access to safe, effective and affordable medicines and thereby enhance the quality of people’s lives,” explains JungJin. “The success of Celltrion has enabled me to expand on this while finding new ways to fuel my entrepreneurial drive.”