Vale Stephen Hall

Vale Stephen Hall

Live Performance Australia (LPA) is deeply saddened by the passing of one of Australia’s leading cultural figures, Stephen Hall, who passed away on Christmas Eve aged 78.

Hall, the founding director of the Sydney Festival, led the festival for 18 years earning the moniker “Festival Hall”. He exposed Australian audiences to many exciting firsts with his unorthodox combination of high arts and summer celebration, positioning the Sydney Festival as a stand out on the international festival calendar.

Hall’s other notable achievements included producing major NSW bicentennial events such as Australia Day 1988 and as instigator of the New Year’s Eve fireworks on Sydney Harbour. He was also involved with the Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney Dance Company, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and productions including Bran Nue Dae and Faces in the Street.

Hall’s contribution to the Australian and international arts industry has left a lasting impression and he will be greatly missed by his friends, family, and the arts community at large. LPA wishes to extend its sincere condolences to Hall’s family, friends and colleagues.

To read Stephen Hall’s full vale and tributes from his colleagues, visit the Sydney Morning Herald website.