The Medici Donor Program originated in 2001 when the inspired idea of putting the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from New York on Cottesloe Beach was about to fall through due to Festival budget constraints.

The $25,000 needed to make it happen, just wasn't there. Freelance journalist, author and dance critic David Hough happened to hear about this and asked for 24 hours to see if he could find the money to put the event back onto the program. He got on the phone and 24 hours later, 25 individuals had pledged $1,000 each to make sure the event could go ahead. 8,000 people enjoyed an experience of surreal beauty while the sun set on the Indian Ocean.

The following year, two very energetic and devoted Festival-goers, Mack and Evelyn Hall, spearheaded and expanded the group to support another Cottesloe Beach event - France's most celebrated shadow theatre company, Amoros & Augustin.

The program has gained momentum and each year the Medici Donors make a generous donation toward a selected Festival event:

2014, Mies Julie
2013, Philip Glass Complete Etudes
2012, A Magic Flute
2011, Aftermath
2010, The Walworth Farce
2009, Giselle
2008, Black Watch
2007, Propeller: Shakespeare's Comedies
2006, Isabella's Room
2005, Playboy of the Western World
2004, 12 Angry Men
2003, Genesis

In 2009 the Medici Donors were presented with a Giving Award from Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) in recognition of the significant contribution they make to the Festival. Since the program's inception in 2001, Medici Donors have contributed over $500,000 to support ambitious, innovative and challenging international works.

Joining the Medici donors not only helps to support the Festival in making our community a culturally vibrant one, but provides members personally with an inside experience of what a Festival is; a time to feel big feelings, think big thoughts - ultimately a time of inspiration that makes our lives richer.

Medici Donors enjoy:

  • Invitations to exclusive Festival functions during the year
  • Concierge ticketing service and opportunity to purchase tickets to exclusive Medici events
  • Opportunities to meet Artistic Director, Jonathan Holloway and Festival artists
  • Acknowledgement in Festival publications
  • Subscription to the quarterly enewsletter ‘The Festival Philanthropist’
  • Tax deductibility for your donation

To make a donation, you can:

If you are interested in becoming a Medici Donor or for more information on the program, please contact Rebecca Kais, Development Executive on 08 6488 8677 or

Donations made between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014 will be directed towards the 2014 Festival.

2014 Medici Donors

Zelinda Bafile and Robert de la Motte
John Barrington and Fiona Harris
Deborah Brady and Stephen Boyle
Mark Clapham and Dr Andrew Mulcahy
Dr David Cooke
In memory of Dr Stella Barratt-Pugh
Alan R Dodge AM and Mr Neil Archibald
Marco D'Orsogna and Terrence Scott
Simon Dufall and Robert Bayliss
Sally and Giles Everist
Paul and Susanne Finn
Brett and Annie Fogarty
Graham Forward and Jacqui Gilmour
Derek Gascoine and Dale Harper
Griffiths Architects
Terry Grose and Rosemary Sayer
Sue and Peter Harley
Kerry Harmanis
David and Sandy Heldsinger
Kathryn Hogan and Graham Droppert
Janet Holmes à Court AC
Jon and Tracey Horton
Robert and Janet Kirkby
Langcroft Group
Peter and Lynne Leonhardt
John and Elizabeth Mair
The McClements Foundation
Michael Murphy and Craig Merrey
Dr Walter Ong and Mr Graeme Marshall
Roger Paterson
Pearl Proud
Joakim and Véronique Ramén
Bill Repard and Jane Prendiville
Sue Robertson and Greg Lewis
Sam and Dee Rogers
Gary and Jacqueline Steinepreis
Joe and Debbie Throsby
Andrew Umney
Tim and Chris Ungar
John and Caroline Wood, Margaret River Press
Melvin Yeo
Ashley and Anita Zimpel
Anonymous Donors (4)