Co-Artistic Directors announced for reimagined Melbourne International Arts Festival

Choreographer and director Gideon Obarzanek and artist, curator and festival director Hannah Fox will jointly lead the new-look festival following its merger with White Night.
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New co-Artistic Directors Hannah Fox and Gideon Obarzanek. Photo credit: Sarah Walker.

Following the recent announcement that Melbourne International Arts Festival (MIAF) will merge with White Night from 2020, tradition continues to be upended with the announcement on Wednesday (3 July) that the new-look festival will have co-Artistic Directors for the first time in its 34-year history.

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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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