Global Cities After Dark today international guest speaker Hayley Child, creator of ‘Ask For Angela’ for their 2018 forum.

Winner of the Suzy Lamplugh Safety Campaign of the Year Award 2017 and Sexual Violence and Abuse Strategic Lead, Hayley has identified ways to make the night time safer in her home county of Lincolnshire, UK for three years. In 2016 following an increase in internet dating related sexual violence, Hayley created ‘Ask For Angela’ – a safety code word scheme which has had global pickup linking the private, public and third sector in order to tackle the issue.

Committed to finding new and innovative ways to prevent sexual violence, Hayley has since implemented drink testing kits in bars to address and prevent drink spiking in her home county, the first scheme of its kind in the UK. Hayley is the fifth international speaker to be announced for the 2018 edition of Global Cities After Dark – a one-day and one-night forum focused on global night time culture and economy. Hayley is joined by guest speakers from London, Los Angeles, Detroit, Amsterdam and Sydney

Global Cities After Dark is presented by Electronic Music Conference (EMC) in partnership with Mirik Milan. (Global Night Mayor Advocate and Co Founder, Vibe Lab)

The inaugural edition of Global Cities After Dark 2017 saw 150 delegates gather in Sydney to hear from leading Night Time experts from around Australia and the world about the forces shaping our lives, cities and businesses at night. City planners, artistic and cultural organisations, creative leaders, local and state government and health and safety figures attended Global Cities After Dark 2017 to exchange knowledge on the challenges, opportunities, solutions and strategies being adopted by global cities to ensure positive and vibrant nightlife.

With the night being crucial to any city as a cultural and economic driver, Global Cities After Dark approaches nightlife from a holistic perspective, deeply exploring the pillars that are essential to supporting successful nightlife – creative industries being able to prosper and grow, music and art activating at night, transport and mobility, public health and safety, gastronomy, city planning and place making, legislation and regulatory process.


Global Cities After Dark 2018 is themed around collaboration – as it is through collaboration locally, nationally and internationally that solutions are found and executed for a positive and vibrant future at night.

In 2018 Global Cities After Dark extends its program over one day and one night, to include a welcome event and city tour on the evening of Monday 12 November. The forum runs from 9am – 7pm on Tuesday 13 November with an After Party running until 8:30pm. The forum presents keynotes from five international specialists from various fields in night time culture; a “NightCamp” group workshop hosted by the world’s most accomplished nightlife advocate; a keynote update from City of Sydney’s Nightlife & Creative Advisory Panel; and eight Expert Sessions deep diving into specialised aspects of night time culture working collaboratively in an interactive workshop environment.

Leading the forum is an in conversation between Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Global Cities After Dark host Mirik Milan. Joining Sydney’s Lord Mayor and Milan is Detroit’s Night Time Economy Ambassador Adrian Tonon; global female empowerment leader and diversity programmer Amanda Maxwell from Boiler Room and She Said So; creator of ‘Ask For Angela’ Hayley Child and the inspirational Creative Director and Co Founder of the internationally renowned pansexual party palace known as A Club Called Rhonda, Loren Granich.

“A diverse and thriving nightlife is at the heart of all leading global cities,”

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Many of the challenges we face in Sydney are shared by other global cities, so it is essential that we work together to share our knowledge and – most importantly – solutions. “Following last year’s inaugural Global Cities After Dark forum, we established our Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel. These sixteen industry experts offer our staff vital insight into the on-the-ground reality of working in our nightlife and creative sectors, feeding into the City’s policy at the most crucial time.

“We are proud to invest in the Global Cities After Dark forum – supporting Electronic Music Conference (EMC) Australia and former Night Mayor of Amsterdam Mirik Milan to bring hundreds of night-time experts from around Australia and the world to Sydney to help us find solutions to the problems all global cities face.”

Global Cities After Dark is a three-year project, held in Sydney each November from 2017 to 2019. The inaugural event will build a global network of night-time culture specialists, approaching night-time culture and economy from a global and holistic perspective. Together with some the world’s most engaging minds, Global Cities After Dark offers an exchange of knowledge, best practices and insights, to create positive, thriving, safe and inclusive night time culture for the most forward thinking, culturally rich global cities of the future.

Mirik Milan, Global Night Mayor Advocate said on Global Cities After Dark: “Balancing the Night Time Economy in the urban environment is a sensitive process that asks for specific skills and vision. Global Cities After Dark is the best place to learn about other cities globally to become a local expert.”

Jane Slingo, EMC and Global Cities After Dark Executive Producer said: “Collaborating with Mirik on Global Cities After Dark has delivered so many positive outcomes. Since the inaugural edition we have seen some very exciting new developments in the way Sydney is approaching the night, as well as building a collaborative network of so many brilliant people doing fantastic work around the world. We’re very excited to welcome back our Global Cities After Dark friends from 2017, as well as new ones to keep progressing towards our common goals for nightlife.”

Global Cities After Dark First Release tickets are on sale now at


Clover Moore, Lord Mayor City of Sydney
Mirik Milan, Global Night Mayor Advocate & Co Founder, VibeLab (Amsterdam)
Adrian Tonon, Night Time Economy Ambassador, City of Detroit (Detroit)
Amanda Maxwell, Open Dancefloors Programmer Boiler Room & She Said So Community Manager (London)
Hayley Child, Creator of ‘Ask For Angela’ and Sexual Violence and Abuse Strategic Lead, Lincolnshire County Council (Lincolnshire, UK)
Loren Granich, Creative Director & Co Founder, Rhonda International (Los Angeles)

+ More speakers to be announced

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