Co-Artistic Directors stepping back sooner than planned

An early transition for incoming Artistic Director Ruth Mackenzie CBE has been made possible by pandemic era circumstances.

An earlier than planned transition of the Artistic Directorship of Adelaide Festival has been facilitated by the unique challenges of COVID-era programming.

‘COVID has thrown up a whole raft of challenges, that’s not new information. But part of the process for us is having some really extraordinary works in the larder that were always going to be part of our festivals but we thought would be in either 2021 or 22,’ explained Co-Artistic Director Rachel Healy.

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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