I’ve never been one for farewells. In many Indigenous languages there isn’t a word for a permanent goodbye or farewell because there is always the hope of a time in the future when our paths will cross again and we can reflect on what has happened in between.
When I look back at the past 5 years I think about the amazing works that Sydney Festival has commissioned (Counting and Cracking, Humans, Shànghǎi Mimi, Backbone, Two Crews, Anthem and many more), the achievements of the Blak Out Program (The Vigil, The Season, The Visitors, The Weekend, Black Ties, Sunshine Super Girl and much more) and the sense of collaboration and collegiality with companies, venues and other festivals throughout the country.
Sydney Festival has been the most rewarding and the most challenging professional experience of my life and in the way I inherited this role from the gifted Lieven Bertels, I am so excited to see the freshness and power of what Olivia Ansell will create in her Sydney Festival.
A huge thank you for all your support and care, and your dedicated participation in Sydney Festival. So it is not farewell but see you next year when our paths cross in the foyer of Sydney Festival 2022 where I will be an excited audience member.
Festival Director Wesley Enoch AM
Images: 1. SydFest 2021 launch, cr Cassandra Hannagan; 2. BridgeClimb, cr Yaya Stempler; 3. The Headland stage at Barangaroo Reserve opening, cr Yaya Stempler; 4. The Vigil 2021, cr Yaya Stempler.