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Midsumma loses Festival Manager
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Midsumma loses Festival Manager

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:52 Written by // Rachel Cook

One of Midsumma Festival’s most successful directors has announced her resignation.

Monique Thorpe who has been Festival manager since 2012 and been a volunteer since 2011, will finish up at Midsumma September 19 this year.

Thorpe said:

“It is with great sadness that I leave the Midsumma family, however I’m taking this opportunity after setting the foundations for the 2015 Festival, to re-enter the ‘real world’ outside of Midsumma.

“I am leaving a very competent and passionate team at the helm and have every confidence in them. Highlights have included delivering Midsumma’s 25th anniversary Festival and the return of Carnival to its homeland at Alexandra Gardens in 2014.

“I’m happy to be leaving the Festival in such a positive financial position after the profit of festival 2014 and thank you to everyone who has supported and enabled me in my role at Midsumma. I will miss you all.”

Thorpe returned the Festival to a profit after several years of loss and produced some of the most diverse and dynamic programs the Festival has seen.

Midsumma Chair, Aaron Hockly, said:


“Monique has made an enormous contribution to Midsumma during her time as volunteer, coordinator and ultimately Festival Manager. The Midsumma Festival is larger, more financially stable and better regarded due to Monique’s efforts. She will be missed by all involved with Midsumma.”

The Midsumma Board has announced that Tennille Moisel has been appointed Acting Festival Director until the end of the 2015 Midsumma Festival.

In due time the Board will advertise for a permanent replacement to Thorpe.
Thorpe is leaving due to personal reasons.

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Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook has worked in both the queer and mainstream media for over a decade. She wrote the syndicated column, ‘Who’s Afraid of Cheeky Biscuit’, and has written numerous articles and features for the queer press. She has also written for The Age and the ABC. Before becoming editor of Melbourne Community Voice, she was a producer for ABC radio. Between 2008 and 2012, Rachel was the editor of CHERRIE. In 2010 her book, A History of Queer Australia, was published and is currently in use in high schools across Australia.

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