Four Winds has announced that Lindy Hume will be Creative Director of the Four Winds Easter Festival for the next two years. The opera and festival director – whose credits include the artistic directorship of West Australian Opera, Oz Opera, Victorian State Opera, Perth International Arts Festival, Sydney Festival, Opera Queensland and Tasmania’s Ten Days on the Island – follows accordionist James Crabb as artistic leader of the Four Winds Easter Festival, which takes place over the Easter long weekend on New South Wales’ South Coast.
Lindy Hume. Photo © Michelle Dupont
“With the recent announcement of a new artistic model for Four Winds, signalling a shift in strategic direction and expanded scope, the opportunity to take on this new role of Creative Director of Four Winds Festival for 2021 and 2022 was simply irresistible,” Hume said. “I am delighted to embark on this new creative adventure in my home community on Yuin Country.”
“My deep connection with the Far South Coast of NSW began with a weekend visiting friends who live at Barragga Bay, a place whose ravishing beauty still takes my breath away,” she said. “How thrilling to return here as Creative Director of Four Winds’ beloved Easter Festival, whose magnificent amphitheatre is its epicentre. Both have long been for me iconic sites of excellence in outdoor performance and regional leadership.”
A COVID safe Four Winds Easter Festival is planned for Easter 2021 with the Festival flagging “an extraordinary mix of high calibre local, early career and established artists from within and beyond our region”. An Early Bird priority ticket sale announcement will be made in January.
“We are living through stressful and complex times,” Hume said. “As concepts of ‘local’ and ‘global’ flow into each other through the digital experience, and the voices of artists become increasingly important to our sense of shared humanity, Australia’s imaginative, resourceful regional communities are rising to meet this extraordinary moment.”
“The fact that this is not the easiest time to organise a festival makes it all the more vital that we do!” she said. “The Four Winds team and I look forward to creating and sharing the most beautiful, brilliant and life-affirming celebration of art and artistry that we possibly can, and to once more gathering under the spotted gums in glorious Barragga Bay, at Easter 2021.”
Four Winds has also announced that players from the Australian Chamber Orchestra will be performing two concerts at Four Winds this October as part of a week-long residency in the Windsong Pavilion. The ACO players will be rehearsing as well as filming and recording for the ACO’s Homecasts series. Violinists Ike See, Maja Savnik, violists Stefanie Farrands and Nicole Divall, and cellist Timo-Veikko Valve will perform music by Sibelius, Bach and Mendelssohn at the two performances on 24 Octobe.