Richard Roxburgh to spearhead new Fairfax Sydney festival

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 12.11.51 PMFairfax will run a new festival in Sydney next March that will celebrate music, film, books, the stage, dance, contemporary art and design, with actor Richard Roxburgh appointed as its creative director.

The event, called Spectrum Now, will run over three weeks from March 11 to 29 and feature 150 exhibitions, gigs, talks, performances and events. It will be sponsored by ANZ with the aim of bringing “Sydney Morning Herald’s Spectrum section to life”.

Last year the company signalled it was pushing harder into the events space, and hired former Tourism Australia boss Andrew McEvoy to spearhead the charge. 

“Sydney has one of the most rich and diverse artistic communities in the world, it’s not mistake that our city emblem, the Opera House, is a building dedicated to the arts,” said Roxburgh who is also a columnist for the SMH . “For the month of March during Spectrum Now we will be showcasing that entire community and encouraging them to join is in bringing a degustation of delights to the people of Sydney.”

The festival will begin with Spectrum Playground that will see The Domain host outdoor galleries, sculptures, bars and live entertainment. A series of talks by art experts will form part of The Full Spectrum that will also feature panel discussions and performances.

Galleries and spaces around Sydney will also participate in the event.

Steve Jones



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