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Holy rollers pre-empt PrintEx

Wednesday, 10 October 2018
By Patrick Howard

Sydney’s major print trade show PrintEx has been pushed back to August 2019, owing to a double booking with Hillsong Church at the venue, Sydney Olympic Park.

The best laid plans: Peter Harper, Visual Connections.

The best laid plans of mice and printers oft go astray, especially when they come into conflict with supernatural forces.

The organisers of next year’s PrintEx exhibition, originally scheduled for 9-12 July 2019, were unexpectedly overwhelmed by the sound of music. No, not Julie Andrews and the von Trapp family, but Hillsong, the evangelist megachurch in Sydney’s Hills District, which is scheduled to hold its Conference at the Qudos Bank Arena, close to the Olympic Park Showground at the same time. Church founders Brian Houston and his wife Bobbie are expecting around 35,000 charismatics to assemble, booking out every available room, filling the air with hosannas and undoubtedly inviting all and sundry to come and be saved.

Ignoring the question whether printers or indeed printing itself may be in need of a little divine intervention, the PrintEx organising committee bowed to inevitable and shifted the dates of the show to 13-16 August.

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