Winter Festival director Simon Green says his crew’s professional performance last week confirms he’s right to be stepping down.
“Some of the most major and most complex events have just been so well put together and delivered by my team.
“For the seven festivals that I’ve been at the helm of, it was without doubt the slickest and most professionally delivered.”
Green says he was still involved in the four festivals since 2002 that he didn’t organise.
“Most of my life over the past decade’s been spent on the festival. I think that’s enough.”
Green – who doesn’t want to anoint a successor – says he’ll still be happy to offer advice.
“A big part of what we’ve done this year is to establish a platform for the festival that works, that’s manageable, that’s deliverable, that ticks as many boxes as we could so that it’s in a really good state for somebody else to come in.”
One innovation this year that he’d like retained, in some capacity, is the opening night line-up of local entertainers.
Green – whose friends sprang a surprise 40th party on him on festival’s last night on Sunday – says he wants some time and space before deciding what to do next.
His creative management company The Main Event Queenstown Ltd will form part of those plans – “but likely to be more focused on entertainment, event programming and consulting than hands-on event management”.
“Because festival is so all-consuming, you don’t really get the chance to think ahead as you are totally focused on the job at hand.”
Green finishes up with his festival role next month.