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Tourism Barossa welcomes new Barossa Vintage Festival manager

1 July 2014

Tourism Barossa is pleased to announce that Andrew Dundon has accepted the appointment of 2015 Barossa Vintage Festival manager.

Andrew Dundon is a seasoned events professional, festival producer and project manager, with an excellent track record in initiating creative events and opportunities within local communities and businesses. Since July 2011, Andrew has been the Artist & Venues Coordinator of Adelaide Fringe with a specific focus on assisting venues and regions to develop marketing, event programming and targeted business strategies.  Looking ahead to his next challenge, Andrew reflects, ‘I am thrilled and honoured to have been appointed as the next Festival Manager of the Barossa Vintage Festival. It is exciting to be working on such an iconic, community-driven celebration with deep and rich heritage.’

A resident of Adelaide, Andrew is no stranger to the Barossa, having worked alongside Tourism Barossa and RDA Barossa in supporting local venues and artists during the 2014 Barossa Fringe.  He also brings great expertise in local community festivals, having founded and managed the Backwater Blues & Roots Festival, which commenced with 500 in attendance and expanded to become a two-week festival with side events in regional SA. 

Chris Pfeiffer, Chairperson Tourism Barossa foresees a new era for the Barossa Vintage Festival, under Andrew’s leadership: ‘The Barossa Vintage Festival is a flagship event within Australia and holds a unique place in the Barossa.  I look forward to Andrew bringing his expertise and leadership, to continue to build on the great heritage of this event.’    

One of the key priorities in preparing for the 2015 festival will be broad consultation with the local Barossa community.  Several changes have been introduced already, with the shortened festival program scheduled in the SA school holidays, Wed 15 April – Sun 19 April, 2015.  Andrew is keen to meet with locals and glean from their memories of past festivals and ideas for the future. 

‘Great festivals celebrate people, place and identity and I look forward to meeting with and learning from members of the Barossa community. I am particularly interested in understanding and preserving the rich heritage of the Barossa Vintage Festival while introducing new and innovative programs to lead the festival into the future.’  

Further details, interviews and images:  Cathy Wills, Regional Tourism Manager, 0412 214 844

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