Circus in the spotlight at Melbourne Festival

Josephine Ridge’s second Melbourne Festival program reflects the culture and values of the city in which it's held.

Image: Cirkopolis by Cirque Éloize 

‘We’re creating a festival for Melbourne. This is not a festival that could be in any other city … I’ve taken a lot of time to care about and value our history [and] connect with the present … we’re also really caring deeply about the future,’ said Josephine Ridge, Festival Director of Melbourne Festival.

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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