It is with great pleasure that WAM staff and management welcome their new WAMi Festival Director Brooke Kelly.
Brooke’s arts and music industry background spans 14 years, including working on such large scale festivals as Southbound, West Coast Blues n Roots, St Jerome’s Laneway and One Movement with Sunset Events.
The 2011 WAMi Festival will celebrate WA’s thriving contemporary music community, hosting a diverse range of shows, professional development workshops and networking functions, with the newly renovated Bakery as the official WAMi Festival venue.
From 21 to 28 May, West Australian musical talent will be featured in a variety of mediums including annual highlights Saturday Spectacular, the Kiss My WAMi CD/DVD compilation, and Kiss My Camera photographic exhibit, plus new initiatives combining special partnered showcases at the Bakery with genre specific music organizations. There’s a non-traditional Awards Ceremony, plus local acts will also have the chance to perform live for the Bill Me Festival Pitch and the Publishing Pitch, offering local artists immeasurable media, profile, skills and development opportunities.
“The WAMi Festival has been the premier local music event not just in WA but in Australia for close to two decades, and I’m extremely excited that we’ve been able to attract Brooke to WAM as WAMi Festival Director” WAM CEO Paul Bodlovich says. “As you can see from the glimpse above, WAM continues to redefine the WAMi Festival to ensure that the celebration of our local music scene remains relevant to as many musos, their fans, and music business people – from WA and around the country – as possible.
“In 2011 we are reacting to the ongoing presence of the One Movement conference by shifting the educational and networking element of the WAMis out of a traditional conference setting to be presented in amongst the music, to ensure the best opportunities possible are presented for members of our local industry. At the same time we are responding to feedback from the local industry, developing ideas to work with One Movement in ensuring locals get the best value possible from their visiting interstate and international delegates in October.”
With so much in store, keep the 2011 WAMi Festival on your radar! Please visit www.wam.asn.au/wamifestival for details & join the festival mailing list to stay informed.