The Wellington-based Creative Capital Arts Trust (CCAT) has appointed Gus Sharp as its chief executive.
Gus joins CCAT from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment where he was with the Major Events team. He has previously worked as a lawyer and has been involved in New Zealand’s music industry for ten years, mostly around event and tours. Gus knows and loves Cuba Street, having promoted and played shows at most Cuba Street venues past and present.
“The CCAT trustees are delighted to be able to appoint someone of Gus’s capability, says Tim Brown, chair of the CCAT.
“The CCAT has reinvigorated the Fringe Festival from 50 shows to 150, and has established CubaDupa as a major event for Wellington. Gus has the skills to progress the goal of putting both festivals in everyone’s diaries as “must dos” and to see them become iconic. It is also hoped that CCAT can expand its scope and Gus’s art sector and managerial expertise will be invaluable in this regard.”
CCAT was established in 2011 to assume responsibility for the New Zealand Fringe Festival and to establish a public-participation arts festival for the Cuba Street precinct. The Fringe Festival has been held annually in Wellington since 1992. CubaDupa has been held annually since 2015. In 2017 both festivals involved more than 1,500 artists; over 110,000 people attended CubaDupa and Fringe artists earned more than $400,000 from their events.
In 2014 Fringe received the Wellington Region Wellington Airport and Community Trust Community Award for Arts & Culture, in 2016 CubaDupa received the supreme award for the same category.
The 2018 New Zealand Fringe Festival will be held from 2nd to 24th March, and CubaDupa 2018 will run on the weekend of 24th and 25th March.
The Director of the Fringe Festival is Hannah Clarke. The Director of CubaDupa is Drew James