Robyn Archer AO is a singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate for the arts. She is currently Artistic Director of The Light in Winter, created for Federation Square, Melbourne and the City of Gold Coast’s Strategic Advisor, Arts and Culture, which hosts the Commonwealth Games in 2018. She recently completed 5 years as Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra 2013.
An acknowledged exponent of classic European cabaret, including early French cabaret songs and specialising in the works of Brecht, Weill and Eisler, which she recorded with the London Sinfonietta, Robyn won the prestigious Helpmann Award as Australia’s Best Cabaret Performer of 2013. In 2014 she performs in Australia and Hong Kong.
Robyn is Deputy Chair of the Australia Council, a member of the Council for Australian and Latin American Relations and of the European House of Culture.
A collection of earlier addresses is published under Detritus (UWA Press) and in constant demand as speaker and writer on the arts, she was recently published in the Griffith Review, and has spoken this year at the Powerhouse (Brisbane – search ABC Big Ideas), the Wheeler Centre (Melbourne) and the Sydney Writers Festival. In the second half of 2014, she speaks at the Edinburgh Festival’s Culture Summit, The Peking University, and the EFA Atelier in Poznan.
Robyn is the former Artistic Director of the National Festival of Australian Theatre (Canberra), the Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals, and Ten Days on the Island (which she created for Tasmania). She has received many awards including The Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Cultural Leadership Award, the International Society of Performing Arts International Citation of Merit and the Premier’s Lifetime Achievement Award (SA).
She is the patron of numerous arts organizations across Australia, and mentor for the European Festivals’ Association Ateliers (Varna, Singapore, Izmir, Ljubliana and Poznan 2014. Robyn is an Officer of the Order of Australia, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France) and Officer of the Crown (Belgium), and holds honorary doctorates from Flinders University (South Australia) and the Universities of Sydney and Canberra.
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