His childhood playgrounds were dry river beds and railway yards but today the whole of the South West is Rod Vervest’s playground, which explodes with art and inspiration each year when PIAF’s Great Southern rolls into town. Get to know our Great Southern programmer in his 15th year on the job.
In the Wheatbelt town of Moora, WA.
Running events and workshops at my music business as a way of promoting handmade instruments.
Vibrant and interesting. Many artists are making great notes, words and pictures. It is a rich and rewarding arts scene.
Everything! My job moves from suit and tie negotiations to tearing gaffa at a gig. My position is not focussed around one particular arts genre – it takes in the entire workings of a program, which of course involves working closely with the Artistic Director and all the other program managers.
That is a tough question! Most recently, probably A Filetta – the amazing Corsican vocal ensemble. They had passion that could make you weep and an intensity and technical control that was breathtaking.
With bells on!
The Arts is very much about the business of change and transformation of place to me. And that is a process we are in and hopefully always will be in. The region is constantly evolving and deepening its engagement and interest in the Arts. PIAF has been a major player in that shift by providing the natural ingredient for positive change – inspiration.
Albany's rainfall is lower than Perth.
Program Manager: Great Southern Festival
His childhood playgrounds were dry river beds and railway yards but today the whole of the South Coast is Rod Vervest’s playground, which explodes with art and inspiration each year when PIAF’s Great Southern rolls into town. Keep an eye out this Festival for our Great Southern programmer in his 15th year on the job.