Lindy Hume: Four Winds new festival Creative Director

Four Winds is delighted to announce the appointment of internationally celebrated and renowned Artistic and Festival Director Lindy Hume to the role of Creative Director of the Four Winds Easter Festival for the next two years; Easter 2021 and 2022.

Lindy’s appointment is particularly exciting, not only because of the creative leadership she will bring to the Four Winds Festival but because of her tangible link to the Far South Coast through her home in the region.

The role of Creative Director is a freshly conceived leadership position focused on Four Winds internationally regarded Four Winds Easter Festival. The 2021 Festival will mark Four Winds 21st birthday.

Four Winds Chair Michael Darling commented;

“Everyone at Four Winds is excited at the prospect of working with Lindy. Her personal commitment to the Far South Coast, to the abundant creativity of this region and to extraordinary experiences for audiences resonate really strongly with Four Winds. In these times it feels right to focus on our exceptional local community and to look forward to coming together through a Festival with music at its heart guided by a hugely experienced and visionary Creative Director such as Lindy.”

Lindy Hume comments:

‘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. 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. 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.

Since moving to the Bega Valley about 15 years ago, this creatively energised community and these stunning landscapes have been my inspirational touchstone. Moving away from the city has completely reshaped the way I think; sparking and feeding a far deeper appreciation for the art and artists of regional Australia, and their capacity to inspire our social imagination, strengthen local communities and enrich our national cultural life.

My expanded focus on regional Australia is equally at the heart of my work as Artistic Director of Tasmania’s state-wide festival Ten Days on the Island, whose program encompasses multiple regional and urban communities across Tasmania. There are many synergies to be explored between Ten Days on the Island and the Four Winds Festival, not least the riches to be discovered through a flow of ideas and creative collaborations between like-minded, equally ambitious, regional cultural enterprises. ’

Needless to say, we are living through stressful and complex times. 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! 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.’

A Covid safe Four Winds Easter Festival is planned for Easter 2021 and will present 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 2021.

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