The vision needed to curate a successful music festival

Roland Peelman, Artistic Director of the Canberra International Music Festival, gears up to present a powerful 2023 festival with a theme centred on children and families.
Roland Peelman image by Peter Hislop

In his ninth year as the Artistic Director of the Canberra International Music Festival (CIMF) Roland Peelman is both animated but also considered about his ongoing tenure and what he enjoys most about his role. Formerly the successful Artistic Director of the Song Company and a highly-respected musician and conductor, Peelman has distinct views on festival curation, the nature of artistic collaboration and the importance of taking risks.   

He enjoys working in Canberra and says: ‘The festival has offered me a lot of joy, with the opportunity to really look at this city, and the way it has visibly changed over the past decade.’  

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Suzannah Conway is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She is a freelance arts writer and has been writing reviews and articles for over 20 years, regularly reviewing classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals Most recently she was Arts Hub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer.