In our QUEST FOR THE BEST OF THE FEST we turned our attention this week to preparations. Head of Production John Bayley was very generous with his time to answer some questions about the the work that gets done before Sydney Festival 2019.
SAG: There are so many venues across the festival, 32 by my count from the back of the program. I imagine each would have very specific challenges so as to bring the physical place in line with the artistic requirements?
JOHN: At the festival we always try to choose the right venue for the show. That’s the ideal. When that’s not possible we work closely with the venue to understand just how far we can push and what we can do to make a show work.
‘Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’
The Sydney Festival has a commitment to Sustainability and their definition as been adopted from the Brundtland Commission’s definition of sustainable development.
You can read the document in full at the Sydney Festival website. It covers such areas as power, waste, water and transport. It also includes information about physical elements such as signage and advertising.
"With an estimated audience of 450 000, over 50 venues with performances by over 800 artists from Australia and abroad, the impact of resource consumption, waste creation, transportation, and greenhouse gas emissions is considerable.
In collaboration with our artists, venues, suppliers, staff, crew, volunteers and, importantly, with our audience together we can meaningfully reduce our resource consumption, waste creation, and our greenhouse gas emissions, so that together we meet our vision for a truly Sustainable Sydney Festival.
We will be enlisting your help to reduce our impact because; we believe that together we really can make a difference." (Sydney Festival Website)