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Ruth Mackenzie CBE

In 2021, Ruth Mackenzie was appointed by the Mayor of London’s office to co-curate a cultural programme for the Re-Opening of London, and by Comme des Garcons to develop a cultural programme for 3537.org, a new cultural centre in Paris, alongside her Creative Consultant roles for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manchester International Festival and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

She was Director of the London 2012 Festival (the official cultural programme for the London 2012 Olympic Games), widely regarded as the most successful cultural programme of any modern Olympics & Paralympic Games, and the largest festival in the UK.

From 2017- 2020 Ruth Mackenzie was the first woman Artistic Director of the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, for which she developed innovative programming , commissions and partnerships in the Greater Paris during the building works, for the re-opening season and future seasons.  Her first season saw over 65% of first time ticket buyers and the launch of a 10 year plan developed with over 8000 Paris citizens.

She was appointed Artistic Director of Holland Festival in 2013, on a five year contract delivering four festivals 2015-2018 in Amsterdam.  The Holland Festival was created in 1947 (the same time as its sister festivals Avignon, Edinburgh) with the mission to invite innovative international artists to help the citizens of Amsterdam build a future after World War 2 and it is the largest itnternational festival in the Netherlands.

She was invited by the BBC and Arts Council to launch their digital commissioning body, The Space from 2013-2015, and commissioned over 50 international artists

She has also been General Director of Scottish Opera and the Manchester International Festival, Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre, consultant dramaturg of the Vienna Festwochen, special adviser to 5 Secretaries of State for Culture, Media & Sport and consultant to the Barbican Centre, the LSO, Google, the BBC and the Tate, amongst others.