Rob Brookman to set down as Adelaide Festival executive director

Rob Brookman has announced he will retire from his position as Adelaide Festival executive director.

Brookman will step down after the 2020 instalment in March.

Brookman’s arts career spans 45 years, and included leading the Adelaide Festival Centre, WOMADelaide, National Festival of Australian Theatre, New Zealand International Festival of Arts, Sydney Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of South Australia.

“It has been a singular privilege to spend 20 of the last 45 years engaged in the task of helping make our festival one of the best in the world,” Brookman said.

“The festival has had a profound effect on the culture and identity of our city and will continue to do so for many, many years to come.

“We are about to release another brilliant program from (artistic directors) Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy, which will further cement their era as one of the festival’s finest.

“I look forward to leading the delivery of the 2020 festival and handing over to my successor at a time when the festival is on an absolute high.”

Adelaide Festival chair Judy Potter said Brookman had dedicated his career to the service of the arts industry.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank him for his significant contribution as executive director to the success of the 2018, 2019 and the upcoming 2020 Adelaide Festivals,” she said.

“Under his leadership the Adelaide Festival has experienced a period of enormous change and growth, breaking box office records in each of the years he has been executive director.

“His contribution has been outstanding and we owe him a huge debt of thanks.”