Ruth Mackenzie new artistic director Holland Festival from 2015

The board of the Holland Festival has appointed Ruth Mackenzie as the festival's new artistic director. Her first festival in charge will be the 68th edition in June 2015. The current artistic director Pierre Audi will step down after the 2014 festival.


The board is extremely pleased with Ruth Mackenzie's appointment. Martijn Sanders, chairman of the board, has commented: “It's not an easy task to find a successor for a director such as Pierre Audi, who has now for almost ten years been an inspiring artistic leader of the Holland Festival. Therefore we are delighted to welcome Ruth Mackenzie as our new artistic director. She has the experience, the enthusiasm, the professionalism and commitment required for this position.”


Ruth Mackenzie is delighted with her appointment: “I am thrilled and honoured to follow Pierre Audi - one of my heroes - in one of the best festival jobs in the World. My first festival will be in 2015, and I am very much looking forward to moving to Amsterdam and starting work with the team in 2014."


The Holland Festival's current artistic director Pierre Audi has said: “I congratulate the board with the appointment of Ruth Mackenzie. From 2015 it will be for her to continue shaping the Holland Festival. I wish her every success.”

Managing director Annet Lekkerkerker has said about Pierre Audi's impending departure and the arrival of Ruth Mackenzie: “After 10 years of Pierre Audi being in charge, Ruth Mackenzie will take the reins and share her perception on the international performing arts. Although it's always sad to say farewell, I welcome a new beginning and look forward to working together with Ruth.”


Ruth Mackenzie (1957) was director of the London 2012 Festival (the official cultural programme for the London 2012 Games), general director of Scottish Opera and the Manchester International Festival, artistic director of Chichester Festival Theatre, consultant dramaturg of the Wiener Festwochen, special adviser to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport and consultant to the Barbican Centre, the LSO, the BBC and the Tate, amongst others. In 2012 she was awarded the Peter Brook Empty Space Special Achievement Award and made a CBE by HM Queen Elizabeth II for her achievement of the London 2012 Festival.