Ricardo Peach

Director, Vrystaat Kunstefees/Arts Festival/Tsa-Botjhaba, Mangaung, South Africa

Ricardo Peach is the director of the Vrystaat Kunstefees/Arts Festival/Tsa-Botjhaba, a multi-artform Afrikaans language festival in Mangaung, South Africa, that forges links with Sesotho and English cultures. The festival is held annually over a six-day period in July in Bloemfontein, Free State. He also developed and is the co-director of the Programme for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD) at the University of the Free State, partnering with the Vrystaat Arts Festival and a founding director of the Pan-African Creative Exchange (PACE). In 2017, he was appointed by the Minister of Arts and Culture as a council member of the William Humphreys Art Gallery in Kimberley, Northern Cape. He is also a board member of ASSITEJ South Africa theatre for young audiences. Previously he managed the Capacity Development Program at the Australia Council for the Arts (2014) and was an independent consultant with expertise in research and analysis, project management, program and policy evaluation, social media and strategic business planning. In 2012 he was the acting director of the Inter-Arts Office at the Australia Council for the Arts, where he developed and implemented a high level, national experimental arts sector plan.


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