- Iain Grandage announced as the next Artistic Director of Perth Festival
- Mr Grandage to build on the achievements of current artistic director Wendy Martin
The McGowan Government has welcomed the announcement of Iain Grandage as the next Artistic Director of Perth Festival for 2020 to 2023.
Raised and educated in Perth, Mr Grandage is one of Australia's most respected and acclaimed collaborative artists, having won Helpmann Awards for music directing and for theatre, dance, opera and silent film compositions.
The festival programming of the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival was also highly regarded under his direction.
Mr Grandage's experience with Perth Festival includes the musical direction of Home, the opening performance of the 2016 festival. Home celebrated 40,000 years of Aboriginal culture, shining a light on Western Australian stories and landscapes.
Mr Grandage will build on the outstanding achievements of current artistic director Wendy Martin, who has delivered the last three festivals.
The Perth Festival is Australia's longest running arts festival, established in 1953 as the Festival of Perth by The University of Western Australia Professor Fred Alexander.
Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
"Perth Festival has a vital place in Western Australia's cultural calendar. One of the highlights of summer, its reputation for innovation and excellence is envied internationally.
"I'd like to congratulate Mr Grandage on his appointment. He will add a new perspective to the mix of innovative international and local works, and I am sure Perth Festival will continue to flourish under his direction.
"A vibrant arts and cultural scene is an important part of any healthy society, and Perth Festival is a great tourism asset which strengthens our economy."
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