Michelle O'Brien


I am an arts and cultural program manager, curator, creative producer and event director for international cultural organisations, specialising in large-scale arts, music, technology and digital culture festivals.

I have delivered over 20 international festivals, summits and strategic campaigns for acclaimed cultural institutions across UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Germany and Cambodia. These include Sydney FestivalEdinburgh International FestivalEdinburgh Festival Fringetransmediale festival for art & digital culture Berlin, Digital Art & Sound Weekend Berlin, Brooklyn Academy of Music: BAM NYC, New Forms Festival Vancouver, International Symposium of Electronic Art [ISEA] Sydney, Underbelly Arts Lab & Festival Sydney, FBi Radio Sydney, SUPERMARKT creative resource centre Berlin and Our City Festival Cambodia. Since 2015 I have held the position of Head of Programming for Loop, Ableton’s annual Summit for Music Makers.

I am a Fellow of the Australia Council for the Arts’ Future Leaders Development Program and a graduate of the European Festival Association [now The Festival Academy]‘s Atelier for Festival Managers. I am also a jury member for apexart New York’s international curatorial grant program apexart Franchise.

I hold two Bachelor of Arts [Communications] degrees from University of Technology Sydney, and a Master of Arts in Media Studies [Creative Media] with Distinction from University of Brighton, UK. In my spare time I am an exhibiting artist with a focus on documentary photography and an independent curator with a focus on media and digital arts, open source culture and creative skill-sharing.

With expertise in arts programming, curating, creative producing, creative project strategy and delivery, large-scale event production and audience development, my passions lie in facilitating community-focused cultural initiatives and establishing sustainable collaborations between local and international creative communities.

Born in Sydney, I now reside in Berlin. I can be contacted on mo@michelleobrien.net.