Report to the Community 2014 - Page 7

With the recent announcement that I will become Governor of Victoria in several months’ time, I am leaving the Festival certainly earlier than I would have otherwise chosen to do. I have every confidence though that it is in the very good hands of an excellent and well-balanced Board, and the committed and capable staff led by Katie McLeish and Josephine Ridge. I look forward to an exceptional 2015 program, and the celebration of the Melbourne Festival’s 30th anniversary. Thirty consecutive years bringing Melbourne audiences the best of the best cultural works and experiences: a considerable achievement! THE HON. LINDA DESSAU AM PRESIDENT COMPLEXITY OF BELONGING | PHOTO: JEFF BUSBY and a chat at the Foxtel Festival Hub on the banks of the river looking back at the city skyline. The theatrical offerings were also rich in their variety. Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday was a skilful celebration of different life stages, Have I No Mouth a poignant documentary drama of family loss and Hipbone Sticking Out a poignant cross-cultural story. China Southern Airlines again brought us the treat of a major Sidney Myer Music Bowl event, this year with the mellifluous voice and showmanship of famous Greek singer, Mihalis Hatzigiannis. There was also magnificent dance, including a sweeping survey of Trisha Brown’s most important works. And partnering again with the National Gallery of Victoria, we brought Carsten Höller’s Golden Mirror Carousel to Melbourne, where its audacious bold beauty could be admired, but the artistic trickery of its mirrors and counter-intuitive movements could also be experienced while riding upon it. 2014 saw 100 events with an attendance over 420,000, presented by 1,000 artists from 23 countries, 15 world and 21 Australian premieres – and to top it all off a swathe of nominations and wins at the Helpmann and Green Room Awards. 7