Perth Festival has announced that Western Australian arts leader Anna Reece will be the Festival’s next Artistic Director.
Reece will succeed Artistic Director Iain Grandage after his fifth and final Festival program in 2024. Grandage is in final preparations for Perth Festival 2023, which opens 10 February.
Selected from an outstanding international field of candidates, Reece will start working with the Festival later this year to plan and deliver the 2025-28 Festivals.
An inspiring, generous and dynamic arts leader, Reece has been an executive and creative producer, curator and programmer, director and CEO, with a career focus that has flourished within major multi-arts festivals.
Reece is deeply committed to the development of a strong and vibrant arts ecology in and across Australia. Her breadth of experience reaches across the not-for-profit arts and cultural sectors, and she is highly respected for her commitment to commissioning new Australian work and leading capacity development.
She says, “I am drawn to this opportunity, to this Festival, above any other in Australia or the world, because Perth I Boorloo is my home. A city without edges, a city of openness, ancient stories, strong proud culture, endless horizons and possibility, this place runs in my veins. I acknowledge the immense responsibility that comes with this role, to our Noongar community, to our vibrant artistic community and to all who hold a place for Perth Festival in their hearts.”
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