Louise Bezzina to lead artistic vision for Brisbane Festival
Bezzina, who grew Bleach* Festival from a pilot project to a major annual event that has reached almost one million people, will start her new role in May, following the presentation of her final Bleach* Festival in April 2019.
“After a competitive international search, the board of Brisbane Festival is incredibly excited to appoint exemplary cultural leader Louise Bezzina to role of artistic director to guide Brisbane Festival’s future development alongside CEO Charlie Cush,” said Brisbane Festival chair, Paul Spiro.
“Having known and admired Louise as Bleach* Festival’s creator and artistic director, I’m delighted that she will be our next artistic director. Louise’s deep understanding of festivals, her curatorial rigour and vision for the future of Brisbane Festival made her an irresistible choice.”
Bezzina told ArtsHub she really believed in the Brisbane Festival. “I really love it,” she said. “I think it will be really exciting to be a part of that next generation of leadership for the organisation and working with a really fabulous team that’s in place.”
In the meantime the search for a new artistic director for Bleach* will begin immediately.