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The Medici Donor Program originated in 2001 when the inspired idea of putting the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from New York on Cottesloe Beach was about to fall through due to Festival budget constraints.

The $25,000 needed to make it happen, just wasn’t there. Freelance journalist, author and dance critic David Hough happened to hear about this and asked for 24 hours to see if he could find the money to put the event back onto the programme. He got on the phone and 24 hours later, 25 individuals had pledged $1,000 each to make sure the event could go ahead. 8,000 people enjoyed an experience of surreal beauty while the sun set on the Indian Ocean.

The following year, two very energetic and devoted Festival-goers, Mack and Evelyn Hall, spearheaded and expanded the group to support another Cottesloe Beach event - France’s most celebrated shadow theatre company, Amoros & Augustin.

The programme has gained momentum and each year the Medici Donors make a generous donation toward a selected Festival event:

  • 2003, Genesis
  • 2004, 12 Angry Men
  • 2005, Playboy of the Western World
  • 2006, Isabella’s Room
  • 2007, Propellers: Shakespeare’s Comedies
  • 2008, Black Watch
  • 2009, Giselle

Medici Donors contribute $1,000 to each Festival. $750 of the gift is a tax-deductible donation and $250 can be used for tickets to the Festival. In 2010 Medici Donors will be supporting Irish theatre work The Walworth Farce.

Joining the Medici donors not only helps to support the Festival in making our community a culturally vibrant one, but provides members personally with an inside experience of what a Festival is; a time to feel big feelings, think big thoughts - ultimately a time of inspiration that makes our lives richer.

Medici Donors have the opportunity to purchase tickets to Festival Parties where they enjoy the opportunity to mingle with artists and fellow donors and corporate partners. They are recognised in Festival promotional material, website and annual report.

If you are interested in becoming a Medici Donor or for more information on the program phone Monique Beaudoire, Business Development Manager, on (08) 6488 8628, email or download a Medici Donor donation form.