2 October 2020

Four Winds Easter Festival appoints new creative director

| Sharon Kelley
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Lindy Hume.

Lindy Hume has been appointed creative director of the Four Winds Easter Festival. Photo: Michelle Dupont.

Lindy Hume has been appointed creative director of the Four Winds Easter Festival for 2022 and 2023.

The annual festival at Barragga Bay, 8km south of Bermagui on the NSW South Coast, presents five days of music, including performances at the iconic 2000-person capacity Sound Shell amphitheatre, and a series of intimate concerts at the Windsong Pavilion, a purpose-built 2000-seat indoor performance space.

Ms Hume’s appointment was welcomed by Four Winds Easter Festival chair Michael Darling, who said everyone at Four Winds is excited by the prospect of working with her.

“Her personal commitment to the Far South Coast, to the abundant creativity of this region and to extraordinary experiences for audiences resonates really strongly with Four Winds,” he said.

“In these times it feels right to focus on our exceptional local community and to look forward to coming together through a festival with music at its heart, guided by a hugely experienced and visionary creative director such as Lindy.”

Ms Hume said she is looking forward to the role, and expects the new artistic model to signal a shift in strategic direction, expanded scope and creativity.

“I am delighted to embark on this new creative adventure in my home community on Yuin Country,” she said. “My deep connection with the Far South Coast of NSW began with a weekend visiting friends who live at Barragga Bay, a place of ravishing beauty that still takes my breath away.

Performers playing to audience at Sound Shell amphitheatre.

The Four Winds Sound Shell amphitheatre. Photo: Ben Marden.

“How thrilling to return here as creative director of Four Winds’ beloved Easter Festival, whose magnificent amphitheatre is its epicentre. Both have long been, for me, iconic sites of excellence in outdoor performance and regional leadership.

“My expanded focus on regional Australia is equally at the heart of my work as artistic director of Tasmania’s statewide festival, Ten Days on the Island, whose program encompasses multiple regional and urban communities across Tasmania.”

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“There are many synergies to be explored between Ten Days on the Island and Four Winds Festival, not least the riches to be discovered through a flow of ideas and creative collaborations between likeminded, equally ambitious, regional cultural enterprises.”

Ms Hume is an award-winning director whose accomplishments include roles as festival director of Sydney Festival and artistic director of Perth Festival. She has been artistic director of several of Australasia’s major performing arts institutions, including West Australian Opera, Victoria State Opera, Oz Opera and Opera Queensland.

She served as chair of South East Arts and on the board of Regional Arts NSW. She also has a home in Tathra, on the NSW Far South Coast.

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