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Kent Johnston

Founder
Kent Johnston has over 18 years experience in experiential marketing and production, delivering innovative concepts, builds and event management for leading brands and music and cultural festivals worldwide. Kent is Founder and Director of The Facility, an experiential agency, multi-disciplined workshop and production house delivering bespoke projects and big ideas since 2008. Clients include Telstra, Sydney Opera House, Nike, Mountain Goat, Stella Artois, Maserati, Heineken, Asahi and Melbourne Art Fair.

Zoe Paulsen

Festival Director
Zoe Paulsen is an arts professional with over 10 years experience in the creative industry. Zoe started out Producing for some of Australia’s top creative agencies such as Leo Burnett and M&C Saatchi before embarking on a career in the Arts. Former Director of The Other Art Fair, Zoe is credited for successfully launching the international fair into the Australian market. Eight editions on and now firmly cemented in the Australian art scene, Zoe is proud to have established an event highly regarded in the industry.  Zoe’s interest in the visual arts has been further fed by her long term membership of the Young Ambassador program at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). In her role as Committee member, she seeks to activate awareness, engagement and support for the arts to a younger demographic.

Genevieve Kelly

Marketing Manager 
Genevieve’s career started out selling tickets at the arthouse haven of Dendy Cinemas in Brisbane while she completed her Creative Industries degree at QUT. Since then, she has had more than 11 years’ experience working in the arts and entertainment industries in Australia with Dendy and Palace Cinemas, 3 Degrees Marketing and Barefoot Cinema. Her roles have encompassed everything from event management and marketing to partnerships management and film festival curation.

Also a qualified yoga instructor, Genevieve keeps her head together by teaching (and practicing) yoga both in Melbourne and on the Great Ocean Road.

Emily O'Brien

Operations Director
Emily O’Brien has worked extensively in the field of production both locally and internationally, working primarily in theatre, dance, festivals, cultural and corporate events. Emily was awarded an undergraduate degree from the VCA School of Production in 2002. In 2012, she completed a Masters in Arts Management at the University of Melbourne and is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma in Public Safety (Emergency Management). She is a co-founder of the production collective, First In Last Out (FILO) and a passionate advocate of emerging practitioners.

Emily’s clients, collaborators and projects (current and past) include;
All Tomorrow’s Parties, BalletLAB, Dark Mofo, Emily Goddard, Federation Square, Film Victoria, Harvest Music Festival, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Fringe, MONA FOMA,  the Wheeler Centre and White Night Melbourne, amongst others.

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