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Eavesdropping on Artists: 2014 Melbourne Festival Wrap-Up Analysis

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Join passionate Melburnian culture makers as they interrogate the meaning, purpose and relevance of an international arts festival in Melbourne. With Michael Williams, Jason Marriner, Susan Provan, Richard Evans and Jonathan Holloway.


Portrait of Michael Williams

Michael Williams

Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne. He has worked at the Wheeler Centre since inception in 2009, when he was hired as the Head of Programming before being appointed as Director in September 2011.

He has hosted Blueprint for Living (2015–2016), then Talkfest (2017–2019), on ABC RN. He remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked as a Breakfast presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR, as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, in publishing and has written extensively for the Guardian, the AgeSydney Morning HeraldAustralian and elsewhere.

Portrait of Susan Provan

Susan Provan

Susan Provan is the Director of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival which, along with the comedy program of the Edinburgh Fringe and the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, makes up a trio of the largest comedy events in the world. 

Portrait of Jason Marriner

Jason Marriner

Jason Marriner is the CEO of Marriner Group, the family company responsible for four of Melbourne’s beautiful heritage theatres: The Regent Theatre, Princess Theatre, Comedy Theatre and Forum Theatre.

Portrait of Richard Evans

Richard Evans

Richard Evans of REĂ Consulting is an experienced practitioner in arts, culture, events and place making. Currently REĂ is engaged by the Barangaroo Delivery Authority to oversee events, public art and the creation of a new 18,000 square metre cultural space within the newly created Headland Park on 22 hectares of Sydney’s waterfront.

Art and Change

Arts and politics, creativity and change. The Wheeler Centre hosts riveting discussions with some of Australia’s most important intellectual and artistic voices as they explore the intersection between artistic creation and political action.