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UNSW Sydney announced as Premier Partner

UNSW Sydney & Sydney Writers’ Festival Sign Exclusive University Partnership Agreement

Sydney Writers’ Festival is pleased to announce UNSW Sydney as the Festival’s exclusive university sponsor and Premier Partner.

The three-year partnership brings together a shared vision of creativity, curiosity and thought leadership between Sydney Writers’ Festival and UNSW’s newly launched faculty, Arts, Design & Architecture (ADA). 

The partnership is an opportunity for UNSW students and staff to foster unique collaborations and connect with a community of like-minded, curious people.

Sydney Writers’ Festival is proud to be associated with UNSW, a key player in thought leadership and a place that values and nurtures creativity.
Brooke Webb, Chief Executive Officer of Sydney Writers’ Festival

“Sydney Writers’ Festival and UNSW have had a long-term relationship and then COVID disrupted our planning. This partnership truly supports the next generation of writers and thought leaders, so it’s wonderful that this partnership is resuming,” said Webb.

On the partnership, UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture Dean, Professor Claire Annesley said, “Creativity, collaboration, and inclusion are at the heart of our work in the faculty. This partnership with the Sydney Writers’ Festival gives us a strong platform to champion diverse voices, stories, and new ideas. Alongside the wider UNSW Sydney community, we’re excited to contribute, to listen and to celebrate this festival and all its contributors.”

UNSW is committed to improving lives in Australia and globally. Creative, inclusive partnerships with like-minded associations such as the Sydney Writers’ Festival will further assist us to fulfil our faculty mission which is to seek and solve problems to improve life on earth.
UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture Dean, Professor Claire Annesley

UNSW will also support the presentation of Sydney Writers’ Festival events in western Sydney for primary and secondary school students during Festival Week.

Each year, Sydney Writers’ Festival showcases more than 400 writers at all stages of their careers to take part in more than 100 conversations, debates, performances, and panel discussions to audiences of more than 80,000 people. One-third of events are free, and Sydney Writers’ Festival’s Live & Local streaming program brings the Festival to life in regional libraries and community centres right across the country. The 2023 Festival will run from 22–28 May.

The Sydney Writers’ Festival, UNSW partnership will run for three years from 2023–2025.