Festival Director Appointed

June 18, 2019

Pippa Bailey is joining the ChangeFest19 team.

In her own words:

I live on Wangal Land in the Eora Nation. I respectfully acknowledge First Nations elders past, present and emerging.

I have spent most of my career in the arts and believe in the power of art and culture to open hearts, change minds and bring dissparate peoples together. I have worked in theatre, dance, live events and large scale outdoor performance. I've programmed a multi-arts centre, curated galleries, flown to the Moon, built a museum, worked alongside many artists and played with fire. Before all that I did a stint on TV and managed a comedy venue.

I’m excited to take up this role at ChangeFest 19 and collaborate with local community in Mount Druitt, ChangeFest partners and other communities engaged in place based change from across Australia.

I have had the privilege of working with some of Australia’s leading Indigenous artists and am looking forward to working with and supporting Indigenous community leaders. I’ve am fortunate to have travelled widely and worked with people all over the world. I am increasingly interested in radical localism,  connecting with and learning from Australia’s unique and richly diverse communities.

I am passionate about the natural environment and the ongoing impact of climate change. I celebrate diversity and seek to empower women to achieve greater gender equality worldwide. I believe in stewardship, putting ego aside, checking my privilege, being honest about what I don't know, passing on skills and rolling my sleeves up to get stuff done.

I understand this is a time of great social upheaval and transition, many systems are old and not working effectively for people now. In Australia we have so many imported and imposed systems that have no roots here. Creative processes can help us to understand ourselves and find new ways forward. I am looking forward to learning a lot, rising to the challenges and playing my part in this important event and the growing ChangeFest movement.

You will be able to connect with Pippa directly from 25 June, 2019.

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