Port Fairy Spring Music Festival appoints Iain Grandage as next Artistic Director

Iain Grandage the distinguished Australian composer, conductor and performer will become the Artistic Director of the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival from 2016.

Board Chair Penny Hutchinson said "the board is delighted that Iain will succeed our current Artistic Director, Anna Goldsworthy. Iain brings a wealth of experience as a generous and visionary collaborator across the performing arts."

The Port Fairy Spring Music Festival is held in October each year and last year celebrated its first 25 years. "We are looking forward to Iain building on the legacy of his predecessors Michael Easton, Stephen McIntyre, and Anna Goldsworthy and taking the festival to the next stage as an important and charming regional festival which contributes greatly to the cultural landscape and reputation of Victoria", Penny said.

"I am thrilled to be offered this opportunity to lead this gem of a festival.” Iain Grandage said. “I look forward to spending as much time as possible within the Port Fairy community in preparing to welcome audiences and artists from near and far. Having had the privilege of working with Australian artists both indigenous and non-indigenous for many years, I eagerly anticipate expanding the Festival’s tradition of presenting new works that speak to our shared experience. ”

Iain Grandage was the 2013 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award recipient and has won 5 Helpmann Awards.