ASTRA Awards

Event Type:entertainment & premieres
Venue:Hordern Pavilion & Byron Kennedy Hall
Description:Now in its 6th year, the star-studded ASTRA Awards is one of the most elegant events in the Australian entertainment calendar.  

The Awards rolled out a “black carpet” of epic proportions with more than 1000 industry professionals and famous faces ushered into the Hordern Pavilion.  The elaborate staging featured a spectacular configuration of video screens and a giant sphere onto which were projected custom-made graphics and images from the black carpet.  

Jimmy Barnes, Claudia Karvan, Stephen Curry, Antonia Kidman and cricketer Stuart McGill all stepped up to the stage to receive awards.  Presenters included Sarah Murdoch, Debora-Lee Furness, Ita Buttrose and radio duo Merrick & Rosso.  

A packed schedule of live musical entertainment had audience members rapt, with special guest ex-Westlife crooner Brian McFadden performing with his band and a string quartet. Homegrown acts Lior, the Potbelleez and The MyClymonts filled out the roster, while Jimmy Barnes and his daughter Mahalia Barnes executed a flawless duet to polish off proceedings.  

Caterers John & Peter more than sated appetites en masse, with a sumptuous dessert bar tempting sweet tooths at the after-party in Byron Kennedy Hall.  

It was a fitting tribute to the subscription television industry’s highest-profile personages, both on and off the camera.