March 8th, 2023Goodbye Glyn!: Castlemaine State Fest director soon vacates director’s chair
Glyn Roberts, current director of the Castlemaine State Festival has announced that the 2023 iteration of the premiere arts event will be his last in the director’s chair. After six years, he will be stepping down next month.
Known for his work across the Australian and international creative industries, Roberts joined CSF in 2017 and led the Castlemaine State Festival through two very successful editions of the biennial event.
The 2019 edition of the festival was the most attended festival in its history, and his third and final edition, set to open soon, in late March, is looking to be the biggest yet.
Also, to Roberts’ credit has been leading a highly successful multi-stage capital expenditure project through the development of the Castlemaine Goods Shed site as a multi-use arts and cultural space and HQ for the organisation.
His passion, drive, and commitment to supporting the many disciplines under the arts umbrella made his time at the Castlemaine State Festival one of growth. Under his guidance, the evergreen arts event became one of the first at-scale productions in early 2021 to successfully emerge from the challenges of Covid and associated restrictions.
“It has been a great privilege to lead the Castlemaine State Festival for these past six years. I feel very lucky to have been able to call Castlemaine my home and to have had the opportunity to work alongside the amazing team & board here at CSF, the artists, audiences, stakeholders, and community members,.” Roberts said.
“Since day one my task has been to ensure the renown of the Castlemaine State Festival as the leading arts festival of regional Victoria and Australia. I am particularly proud of securing $6 million to invest in the future development of the Castlemaine Goods Shed and with the team leading the organisation through the pandemic crisis period.
“The future is bright for the Castlemaine State Festival and I am thrilled for whoever fills the role of Festival Director and CEO next. I hope to see you all at the 2023 Castlemaine State Festival!”