The producer of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve spectaculars and executive producer of the 2002 Sydney Gay Games, Katrina Márton has been appointed head of events for New Mardi Gras.

Having worked with the organisation as an events coordinator twice before (from ’91-’94 and ’97-’01), Márton is keen to use her extensive expertise to reinvigorate the Mardi Gras calendar.

It’s a driving role and I would like to bring back some of that producing expertise. The organisation has survived and now it’s time for it to thrive a little again, Márton told SSO.

I like to do big, challenging, complex events -” that’s what I specialise in. I think coming back to Mardi Gras at a time when those events are ready to come up a few notches again, that’s going to be a challenge. The survival and the ability to make it thrive again mean a lot to me.

New Mardi Gras CEO Anna McInerney described Márton as a dream candidate for the job.

With Katrina on board I am confident in saying that Mardi Gras’ best days are ahead of it, she said.
Márton agreed that the future prospects for the parade and festival were bright.

To have government investment and hallmark status is very meaningful. So we need to maintain that now -” keep tourists coming in and keep the interest in Mardi Gras continuing ­-” and to do that we need to polish up and hit certain marks and, I hope, become the best event producers in the state.

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