Exit interview: Melbourne International Arts Festival’s Jonathan Holloway

As his fourth and final MIAF enters its last week, Holloway reflects on his time in Melbourne and what working in Australia has taught him.

Jonathan Holloway has spent almost a third of his professional life working in Australia, programming four Perth Festivals before being appointed artistic director in-waiting of Melbourne International Arts Festival (MIAF) in early 2015.

‘I’ve been working for 28 years now, and I’ve spent nine of those years in Australia – a third to a quarter of my working life,’ he told ArtsHub.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on 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 Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 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. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts