In 2002 a joke spawned a comedy institution. A handful of local acts
appearing that January decided to call their show 'The Hobart Comedy
Festival - the world's smallest cultural event'. What was not expected
was that immediately there was interest from other states for an
opportunity to attend.
The winners of Short & Sweet 2007 were announced last night at the
Fairfax Studio at the Arts Centre, with 49 Stories about Brian
MacKenzie winning the $5,000 prize for Best Overall Production, as well
as the Best Director Prize going to Jonno Katz for Bury Your Goldfish.
Carol Schwartz, AM, President of the Melbourne International Arts Festival
announced Brett Sheehy as Artistic Director for the 2009 and 2010 Melbourne Festivals. Sheehy takes over from current Artistic Director, Kristy Edmunds who presents her final festival in 2008.