Report to the Community 2011 - Page 16

Festival Highlights The 2011 Melbourne Festival was an artistic triumph delivering record box office figures and audience engagement. The Festival featured 415 Australian artists as well as 275 international artists. This latter figure included artists from Russia, China, India, Germany, Sudan, United States of America, Britain, Lithuania, Indonesia, South Africa, Ireland, Japan, Iraq, Syria, New Zealand and the Congo: a very extensive range of backgrounds. The free outdoor program was a highlight of the Festival, with Angels-Demons. Parade – situated along the spine of St Kilda Road and Swanston Street – catching the attention of the city’s residents and visitors alike. This large scale sculpture installation project was very well received and provided a unique opportunity for families and people of all ages to interact with public art. The Electric Canvas’ Cacophony: The Art of Conflict also delivered a stunning visual canvas on the Arts Centre external buildings. Specific program highlights included the joyous musical event The Manganiyar Seduction, the highly praised Hedda Gabler by Schaubühne Berlin and Back to Back Theatre’s multiple award winning premiere of Ganesh Versus the Third Reich. There were many remarkable artists of note, including Mavis Staple, Rickie Lee Jones and Joss Stone in the spectacular closing night celebration at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, notes from the hard road and beyond; renowned Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter returning to the Festival; the acclaimed Kronos Quartet; Australian activist and political agitator Gary Foley and unrelenting punk satirist Jello Biafra. Locally the Festival also worked with: • Arts Centre Melbourne; • Malthouse Theatre; • Melbourne Recital Centre; • Arts House; • Forum Theatre; • fortyfivedownstairs; • Chunky Move; • The Black Arm Band; • Strut & Fret Production House; • Arts Projects Australia; • Kay and McLean Productions; c •  horeographers Byron Perry and Phillip Adams; Page 16 • The Border Project; • Ilbijerri Theatre Company; • Red Stitch Theatre Company; •  he City of Port Phillip and t Theatre Works; •  he Australian Film Television and t Radio School; • The Wheeler Centre; • Victorian Opera; • Seraphim Trio; • Australian National Academy of Music; • Asialink; •  ustralian Centre for Contemporary Art; A • Monash University Museum of Art; • Screen Space; • Level 17 Artspace; • Margaret Lawrence Gallery; •  ertrude Contemporary; and G • Centre for Contemporary Photography This exhaustive list of partnerships and collaborations demonstrates the Festival’s ongoing development and reach into the local arts industry.