Broadcaster and writer Genevieve Jacobs has been appointed to the board of the Canberra International Music Festival.

Genevieve Jacobs has been a journalist in print and radio for 30 years and is well known to the local community, having spent more than a decade with ABC Canberra where she reported on everything from politics to human interest.

A dedicated volunteer and advocate for community engagement, Genevieve works with a wide range of organisations including the Tara Costigan Foundation, Gift of Life ACT and ACT Wildlife Rescue among others. She also sits on the ACT’s advisory committee for historic places.

Her renown in the arts community has attracted the interest of Sydney-based cultural tour company, Renaissance Tours, and she will host a group for the festival’s opening weekend in the tour company’s inaugural tour to the Canberra region.

An ardent promoter of the Canberra arts community, involvement with the festival at board level was a natural progression for Genevieve.

“CIMF’s vision in creating an energetic, diverse, exciting programme of music is a terrific match for the city’s strong cultural growth,” Genevieve said.

“For me it’s a brilliant chance to bring our own arts community and visitors together for ten days of wonderful musical adventures.”

The festival has seen a dramatic increase in interstate visitation over the past three years, with approximately 1 in 6 patrons coming from outside Canberra in 2017.

For Artistic Director Roland Peelman, this growth marks a new era for the festival.

“For almost 25 years, our festival has carried the ‘international’ label in its title for obvious reasons, but it is only recently that its national significance has become apparent. The ever-increasing number of patrons from interstate coming to the Festival makes Canberra a very exciting place to be this autumn,” he said.

The 2018 Canberra International Music Festival runs from 27 April to 6 May, for info click here.