The inaugural Commissioning Circle reinforces the Festival’s unique role in Australia’s cultural landscape as a great commissioner of new works. This inspiring group has enabled new work to come into being.

In 2018, the Commissions Circle has enabled the Festival to present Layla and Majnun.

Members of the Commissioning Circe are:


Maureen Wheeler AO & Tony Wheeler AO


The Aranday Foundation

Anna Foley &

Dashiell Gantner

Vallejo Gantner

Jane Hansen

Neil Masterton & Shane Williams


IMAGE | Layla and Majnun