Iain Grandage appointed as Perth Festival’s next Artistic Director

The award-winning and much respected composer will oversee the festival from 2020-2023, after Wendy Martin presents her final festival in 2019.

Iain Grandage: photo by Pia Johnson

Iain Grandage, whose compositions for theatre, opera and silent film have won multiple Helpmann Awards, has been announced as the new Artistic Director of Perth Festival.

Grandage, who was raised and educated in Western Australia and recently returned to the state after a decade in Melbourne, will succeed Wendy Martin in the role after she presents her fourth and final Festival in 2019.

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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