PIAF Blog

PIAF Executive Director Announced for 2017 Festival

Wednesday 25 May 2016

We are delighted to announce that Philip Rolfe will join Perth International Arts Festival as Executive Director for our 2017 Festival.

A well respected arts director, producer and administrator, Philip has held diverse and influential roles in the arts sector over 35 years including Executive Producer Sydney Opera House, Executive Director Audience & Market Development Australia Council, and Deputy Director Arts & Entertainment Australian Bicentennial Authority.

Among his many cultural achievements, career highlights include conceiving and producing the biennial Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM); developing and producing the first Vivid Live music festival in Sydney in 2009; creating and directing the Parramasala Festival of South Asian Arts in Parramatta in 2010–12.

In 2013 his career achievements were recognised through receiving the prestigious Sidney Myer Fund's Facilitator's Prize.

'I am delighted that Philip will join the PIAF team. He has a proven track record to realise bold artistic visions and that is exactly what we need to work with Artistic Director Wendy Martin and the team to connect the most interesting artists and stories from all around the world with the people of Western Australia. The 2017 program is already shaping up as an astonishing Festival' said John Barrington, PIAF Chair.

Philip will commence the role of PIAF Executive Director in June for the 2017 Festival program, which will be announced on Wednesday 9 November 2016.

The 2017 Perth International Arts Festival will be presented 10 February–5 March 2017 in Perth and the Great Southern with Lotterywest Festival Films from 28 November. Join our enews for ongoing Festival updates and offers.