New Kambri precinct sharpens Canberra’s MICE edge

Following an A$260 million (US$175.8 million) redevelopment, Canberra’s Kambri precinct now boasts modern and versatile conference and events venues that are available for hire.

Located a 12-minute drive from Canberra’s city centre, Kambri offers two multipurpose spaces – one with 500 retractable seats and the other with 220 retractable seats, a 300-seat cinema, a drama theatre for 150 guests seated, and an exhibition space with a large outdoor balcony overlooking the precinct.

These are located within the Culture and Events buildings, where there are also a lobby bar and kitchen facilities to support catered functions. A list of preferred caterers are available for planners’ choosing.

Offering a new spin to catering in Canberra are Kambri’s catering duo of Sammy and Bella, sisters who first rose to fame as the winners of TV show, My Kitchen Rules, in 2011. They’ve since gone on to appear as guests and resident chefs on dozens of TV shows, as well as opening restaurants, plus writing, photographing and blogging about food.

In addition to the Culture and Events buildings, the six-floor Marie Raey Teaching Centre building offers a multitude of rooms and cutting-edge technology for programming opportunities outside of University teaching hours.

This includes the top level ‘Superfloor’ with high ceilings, uninterrupted views across Canberra, an outdoor balcony, and a flexible collaborative environment for up to 300 people.

For those wanting a dynamic non-traditional space, there is an Amphitheatre with tiered seating adjacent to Sullivans Creek, as well as a range of other hireable outdoor options including University Avenue, The Lane, and The Lawn.

While business events are welcomed to use the facilities, Kambri’s calendar of events will also be kept packed with concerts, comedy shows, sporting action, and art exhibitions.

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