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I intend to continue the tradition of excellence that was established by The University of Western Australia 55 years ago with the Perth Festival. A strong contemporary, international arts program is the core foundation of this Festival. In addition the Perth Festival will continue to take a leadership role in promoting Western Australian and Australian artists through commissions and partnerships.

The 2008-2011 Festivals will be strongly focused on Perth city. It is a space in which we can celebrate the diversity of our community and create an experience that is accessible to the widest possible range of people. It is important that the Festival and the arts in general continue to be dynamic and responsive to our communities.

This is a position rich with both challenge and reward, and I am grateful for this opportunity. I hope not only to contribute to the legacy of this Festival but also to create three weeks each year in which all of us can “live a life less ordinary”.

Shelagh Magadza
Artistic Director