The Sydney Spring International Festival of New Music and Visual Arts was founded by Roger Woodward in 1990. The Festival was held annually for twelve years, artistically directed by Roger Woodward, with the invaluable support of numerous people most of whom worked tirelessly in a voluntary capacity. Not least of these were the wonderful artists who took part in the festival, often for meagre financial reward, and who gave their utmost to ensure the festival was a milestone in Australian cultural life. The festival benefited from the skills of all its friends, amongst whom must be mentioned the Alliance Francaise de Sydney, who for many years gave the festival wonderful artists, a venue, and a meeting space. A number of committed and generous General Managers, Chairpersons and Board Members took over the helm during the festival’s lifetime. The NSW Ministry of the Arts was a constant supporter, providing valuable office space as well as continued financial assistance and advice. The Festival was blessed to find some wonderful sponsors who showed considerable loyalty and generosity in their support. ABC Classic FM Radio recorded and broadcast all performances, and the dedication over those twelve years of Producer Ralph Lane is gratefully acknowledged. A number of these recordings were ultimately released as CDs by Etcetera, Holland, many winning international awards. Most of all, however, the festival existed for its Members and Life Members, and the audiences who attended and listened year after year.
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