Louise Bezzina


Louise Bezzina is the Artistic Director of Brisbane Festival, Brisbane’s international arts festival and Queensland’s largest annual arts and cultural event.


An innovative and visionary arts leader, Louise is renowned for her significant contribution to the Queensland arts industry over the past 20 years.


In 2020, Louise defied all the odds and delivered one of the only live performing arts events to take place globally in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Brisbane Festival program was curated under the banner of Boldly Brisbane where Louise created the much-loved Street Serenades program travelling to 190 suburbs of Brisbane.


Louise founded Bleach* Festival on the Gold Coast in 2011 which she Directed until 2019.


Under her strategic and artistic vision, Bleach* became a maker of contemporary Australian art and a major annual event. Louise was part of the creative lead team for Commonwealth Games Cultural Program, Festival 2018.


Louise was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University for her significant contribution to the arts in Queensland in 2023.