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Auckland Festival Nears

Auckland Festival Nears

It's all go at Auckland Festival AK03. New brand, new faces, new Festival Director.

Says Simon Prast, 'Auckland is ready for a Festival and I'm privileged to be able to make a contribution so that the Festival is ready for Auckland. A Festival for Auckland is long over due and as the City comes of age it is something I am enjoying shaping'.

With the appointment of Simon, Councillor Victoria Carter returns to her position on the Festival's Board of Trustees.

With only 140 days until opening night the Festival is rapidly taking shape.

New Appointments

Mark Burlace has been appointed Associate Director. Mark has a strong festival background including recent stints at Edinburgh. Mark's strengths are in production and the technical side of getting a Festival happening. Says Simon, "Mark is in charge of making sure the expenditure is spent in the right places.

Shelley Geenty has joined us as Associate Director, and is managing the Sponsorship Portfolio. Shelley joins us from Auckland Theatre Company where she was hugely successful at increasing the ATC's sponsorship and its profile in the corporate community.

Melanie Smith joins us as Marketing Manager, and brings with her over 10 years of experience in local and international event and show marketing.

We have a new Finance Administration Manager - Munya Mtetwa. Anja Hendriks is the Programming Coordinator. Join the Festival Whanau We invite you to be one of the founding members of the Festival Whanau Programme as the Auckland arts community launches itself onto the world festival stage. Apart from pride in your city you will receive the following benefits: * Preferential booking at all Auckland Festival ticketed events * A copy of the Auckland Festival Programme before its public release You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that as a founding member of the Auckland Festival Whanau, you have helped the Auckland Festival to success. For details contact the Festival at:

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