Statement from the Sydney Festival Board

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January 14, 2022
Statement from the Sydney Festival Board
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Benjamin Law has decided to leave the Sydney Festival Board today. The Board respects Benjamin’s decision and has reached out directly to offer any support as he makes this transition.

Commenting on his decision, Law stated: “Today’s decision to leave the board is mine alone. I am only comfortable departing now because I have every confidence in the remaining Board directors for the process ahead, and I remain an ardent fan and supporter of Olivia Ansell’s vision of a reactivated and dynamic Sydney.”

The Board acknowledges that the Festival has faced unprecedented challenges this year, specifically Covid and the BDS movement. This has put significantly increased pressure on all members of the Board, the staff, and most importantly artists. Chair of the Festival Board, David Kirk thanked Law for his service: “Benjamin has been an insightful and much valued member of our Board since joining in 2020. As we’ve worked through the complexities of this year’s Festival, he’s been a considered and constant voice as we collectively arrived at our position. I wish Benjamin all the very best for his future and thank him for his service.”

David Kirk
Chair, Sydney Festival

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