David Malacari has had an extensive career in the Arts, Arts Festivals and Arts Events. He has directed nine festivals and worked on numerous others. This roster includes Auckland Arts Festival, Parramasala Festival (Parramatta) and Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania).
Malacari also directed the multi-arts program for Australia India: New Horizons, an Australian trade and cultural exhibition presented simultaneously in five Indian cities, and was Director of Heads UP – Australian Arts Come to London, presented in London for Australia’s Centenary of Federation celebrations, for which he was awarded the Centenary of Federation medal.
In 2011 he was Executive Producer of the Commonwealth Festival which accompanied the CHOGM conference in Perth.
Mr Malacari is a strong supporter for the work of local artists, of indigenous arts, and programs that celebrate the newer cultural communities in our society.
As part of Auckland Festival he introduced the first White Night to Australasia, set an Asia-Pacific focus to its program, and presented a fireworks event to an audience of over 150,000. At Parramasala Festival he broadened the remit beyond South Asian arts to embrace Western Sydney’s other new communities; and at Ten Days on the Island, commissioned significant new Australian work and expanded the program to present work from China and the Asia-Pacific to Tasmanian audiences.
Mr Malacari has been invited to participate in forums and festivals around the world, speaking on the arts, culture and cultural policy.