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Past Festivals - Pre 2012
About our Past Festivals

In 2003, composer and music educator Dr Mathew Hindson AM was a featured composer in the Vale of Glamorgan Festival in Wales. Taking place over a week and in predominantly regional areas, the festival focused on contemporary chamber music written by living composers.

Upon his return to Sydney Dr Hindson identified the need for a regular festival of contemporary art music in Sydney. When looking at the city’s geographical centre, Dr Hindson concluded Western Sydney was just as entitled to experience high quality contemporary art music as those living closer to the coast.

Taking inspiration from his visit to the Vale of Glamorgan Festival, Dr Hindson AM founded and Directed the inaugural Aurora Festival in Sydney's outer western suburbs in 2006.

Dr Hindson directed three festivals over six years. His final festival in 2010 played host to the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) World Music Days. The first to be held in the Southern Hemisphere, it was believed to be the largest contemporary music festival ever held in Australia with delegates from around the world. In 2010, Andrew Batt-Rawden was appointed Director of the 2012 Aurora Festival. 

The Festival’s motto is Living Music.  All featured composers and musicians in the inaugural and subsequent festivals are active, working artists.  The performers, most of whom are Australian, are artists of the highest calibre. The concerts are held in leading performing arts venues across the greater Western Sydney region.