‘I ad­mire peo­ple who trust their gut’

Ly­dia Zanetti, the fes­ti­val direc­tor of Auck­land Fringe, which fea­tures 86 unique events play­ing at 50 venues Auck­land-wide from Fe­bru­ary 20 to March 4, talks to Mike Alexan­der.

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Turns out that when you ask for sup­port and are truly work­ing from the heart, peo­ple get be­hind you.

I think these are of­ten lost skills. Artists tend to be re­ally good at these things, and I am­con­stantly as­tounded by them. I get re­ally stressed about us­ing toi­lets where some­one can hear me pee so like... that, daily. My soft toy Splatt. Yep, it’s a dog that goes splat when you drop it. I’ve had him since I was 4 and no one loves me more than him, I’m sure of it. work­ing from the heart, peo­ple get be­hind you – and artists, venues, au­di­ences and more made it hap­pen. That level of sup­port and love is a high I doubt I’ll reach again. Peo­ple who don’t lis­ten, even though I’m a ter­ri­ble in­ter­rupter (prob­a­bly why it both­ers me). I think it’s al­ways the same griev­ance for me with ev­ery­thing ac­tu­ally – a lack of em­pa­thy. I’ve fi­nally got into The Crown, so I’m go­ing with stalk­ing down Princess Mar­garet, circa 1953. If she looked like Vanessa Kirby, that is. I don’t think I’m go­ing to have them, so I will pass on to my dog that a good stroll ev­ery day can solve a lot. Although I imag­ine said dog will al­ready know this. I’m one of a lucky few who get to work in the area I ab­so­lutely love. Work­ing in the arts in New Zealand, and par­tic­u­larly at such a boisterous and ex­cit­ing time, is a huge hon­our. New Zealand artists make work that con­stantly stands out on stages world­wide. I get to con­nect up artists and au­di­ences, and watch them spark. To be able to fly. I’m talk­ing big wings. Lame, I know. A per­sonal li­brary with slid­ing lad­ders and deep squishy chairs. OMG, Yes, sub­scrip­tions to be free to all women. ● For event de­tails go to auck­land­fringe.co.nz

Ly­dia Zanetti says peo­ple who don’t lis­ten get her back up.

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