‘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.
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.