Director’s Message

Together again! What a joy it is to be together once more, to share in creativity and cultural expression with our diverse community.

How do we see each other now? A trend emerging from this year’s Festival program includes our changing perspectives and perceptions.

Alternative views of history and literature, the joining of two families through stories of survival, creating community with refugees, insight into creative practice, and children’s perspectives of their parents reflect these themes at this year’s Festival.

One positive impact that has come out of the pandemic is the degree to which we have become culturally connected through virtual events. This year we are going global with our first international panel, hosted online. We also draw from a rich pool of internationally recognised homegrown talent.

As we prepare to meet again both in person and online for the return of the Festival, our horizons are broader and our neighbourhoods are stronger as a result of new experiences of what communities can achieve collectively.

I look forward to seeing you at the Festival.

Suzanne Olb
Director, 2022 Glen Eira Storytelling Festival