Congratulations to Wesley Enoch, who was today announced as the incoming Sydney Festival Director for a three-year tenure from 2017-2019.
Wesley is one of Australia's finest creative talents and it's terrific to see him at the helm of Sydney's major cultural festival.
Judging by his past contributions to Sydney Festival, with the productions like I am Eora and Black Diggers, he will not shy away from important issues.
Under Wesley Enoch's watch I'm looking forward to seeing more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and audiences, who make such a valuable contribution to our country's creativity and culture, taking part in the festival.
Wesley is currently the Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company (2010-15). He has been the Artistic Director of Kooemba Jdarra in Brisbane (1994-97) and Ilibijerri in Melbourne (2003-04), Resident Director for Sydney Theatre Company (2000-01), Associate Artistic Director of Belvoir (2006-08), a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House (2003-2011) and a director of the Indigenous Section of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.
He has directed 6 projects for Sydney Festival over the last 15 years: The Sunshine Club (2000), Eora Crossing (2004), The Sapphires (2005), Nargun and the Stars (2009), I am Eora (2012) and Black Diggers (2014). He has worked for almost every major theatre company and festival in the country and toured internationally with a number of shows.
The City is a proud supporter of the Festival. In 2015, more than 554,000 people enjoyed the Festival, which boasted 400 performances of 167 events, including 19 world premieres, 21 Australian exclusives and 15 Australian premieres.
Read more about Wesley Enoch and the Festival here: http://blog.sydneyfestival.org.au/2015/06/02/wesley-enoch-next-sydney-festival-director/