Lydia Fairhall is a festival curator, theatre and film producer, freelance writer, artistic director and singer/songwriter with over twenty years of experience across remote and urban communities.
Working across a wide range of disciplines, her work history includes Producer for Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Head of Programming for Footscray Community Arts Centre, producing shows such as Stradbroke Dreamtime (Out of the Box/Queensland Theatre), The Hamburg Season (Hamburg Orchestra, Opera and Ballet) Bloodland (Bangarra Dance Theatre/Sydney Theatre Company) and My Lovers Bones (Melbourne Festival). She was also the Creative Director of Footscray Community Arts Centre’s annual and much loved Wominjeka Festival from 2014 to 2018. As the Executive Producer for ILBIJERRI Company Theatre, she has overseen: Jack Charles V The Crown (New Zealand and Japan tours), Viral (SA and VIC tour), Which Way Home (national tour), the development of Black Ties and Bagurrk and seeded several artist and sector development programs including Blackwrights, the ILBIJERRI Ensemble and the Executive Mentorship Program.
Lydia has a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in sociology and community development, in addition to a Diploma of Contemporary Music. Lydia has a vibrant slate within her portfolio, including producing the short film Out of Range for SBS, as well as recording her debut album, True North, and performing with the new collective Lydia Fairhall and the Black She Oaks, under Sugar Rush Records. Lydia is also a freelance writer for Dumbo Feather Magazine and the Artistic Director for the loveliest film festival in Australia, the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival in South East Queensland.
Across all of her passions Lydia explores the intersections between new economies, consciousness and creativity, blending her business and creative skills to bring beautiful stories to the world.
Lydia is one of the creatives bringing The Crab and the Mangrove Tree to life!
We pay our respects to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestors of this land, their spirits and their legacy. The foundations laid by these ancestors - our First Nations Peoples - gives strength, inspiration and courage to current and future generations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, towards creating a better Queensland. Queensland Government’s RAP Acknowledgment of Country