Exit Interview: Perth Festival’s Wendy Martin

As her fourth and final festival nears its end, Wendy Martin reflects frankly on her triumphs and challenges in the role.
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Wendy Martin. Photo credit: Toni Wilkinson.

When ArtsHub caught up with Wendy Martin in late 2018, prior to the launch of her fourth and final Perth Festival program, she was already feeling an absence at a time when, in other years, she would already have started planning her next festival.

Now, as her final Perth Festival as Artistic Director draws towards a close, she’s in a reflective mood.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend in 2017. In 2019 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021.

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