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Josephine Ridge


Josephine Ridge is one of Australia’s most experienced and internationally respected arts identities. Earlier this year, she began her tenure as Creative Director at Melbourne Festival, planning the Festival program from 2013. From 2003 to 2012 she was at Sydney Festival as General Manager, followed by Executive Director and co-CEO.

Josephine has had extensive experience in a varied number of roles across the arts: as Deputy General Manager of Australian Ballet, Deputy General Manager of Australian Chamber Orchestra, and Marketing Manager of Playbox Theatre Company. She has also held positions in the visual arts arena, including membership on the Board of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, and is currently a Board Member of the Tarrawarra Museum of Art in Victoria’s Yarra Valley.

Her experience includes periods of development with a focus on brand and organizational repositioning, which will prove to be beneficial as she meets the challenges of a changing arts landscape.

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