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Ian Pidd is a freelance director of theatre and festivals, based in Melbourne, Australia. His practice veers between programming festivals (The Lost Lands), directing theatre (Men Of Steel's Hard Rubbish) and participatory "things" (Unconformity's The Rumble, and Dark MOFO's Ogoh Ogoh). Ian's collaboration with Bec Reid and Kate Macdonald, Everybody Now, has created social dance works all over the country, including a large scale commission for the Commonwealth Games Festival 2018. Ian is Artistic Director of the new music and arts festival The Lost Lands, a two day rock and roll festival for families. Ian co directed PASSENGER (a work in which and audience experience a contemporary western revenge tragedy from within a bus moving through an urban landscape) with Jessica Wilson, which had a hit season in Melbourne and will be seen at London's Greenwich and Docklands Festival in 2019. Ian directed Sam Halmarack and JOF's ecstatic participatory music work We Are Lightning which garnered a Green Room nomination and which toured the UK in May/June 2018. His work tends to be musical, accessible, playful and genre hopping, and is regularly seen throughout Australia and in Europe and Asia. Ian is project director on Polyglot’s First On The Ladder project which is a three year creative collaboration between the company and two leading indigenous regional sporting clubs: Rumbalara Football Netball club in Shepparton (Yorta Yorta country) and The Moree Boomerang Rugby League club on Kamileroi Land.