And more big names will be on stage as part of the Full Spectrum program of talks: Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton join Wesley Enoch and David McAllister and other creative couples to talk craft and collaboration as part of the Pillowtalk discussion at the Sydney Theatre; and Wendy Harmer will grill food, art, music, book and TV reviewers on their methods, and relevance, in Everyone’s A Critic. In Cultural Crushes, Kate McClymont, Peter FitzSimons and Amanda Hooton will interview the likes of Ben Quilty and Stephanie Alexander.
Roxburgh says curating Spectrum Now has been challenging – most festival directors do not spend their nights clashing swords as Cyrano De Bergerac as they’re putting a program together. But it has been equally inspiring, he says, to watch Sydney’s creative community join forces to put something together that was unique to the city, and which grew organically out of it.
“It’s become this really fantastic forum, and an opportunity for people to do their pop-ups and show their art and work with likeminded people,” he says. “It’s those conversations, those encounters, that creative a lively culture and environment – and that’s key to any great city.”
The Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum Now presented by ANZ runs March 11-29.