In a world rich with festivals, in a country full of creativity and a city packed with potential we must never lose sight of the big questions: why this Festival … why here … why now?
Festivals are the world turned upside down, the mirror held up to our society; they are what allow us to be who we are for the rest of the year, in the knowledge that we will be elevated out of our day to day thinking for three weeks every glorious summer. No two Festivals should ever be the same, and so our challenge each year is to re-invent ourselves, to curate ideas afresh and allow us all to see our world in a new light.
It is in this spirit that I’m delighted to welcome you to this year’s Festival. It is the largest we’ve ever presented thanks to the unprecedented and overwhelming support of so many – our key funders and supporters, our sponsors, our benefactors and of course you, our audience.