Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director, Adelaide Festival Theatre


Douglas Gautier was appointed to his role at the Adelaide Festival Centre in 2006, and since then he has helped revitalise the Festival Centre with a 'program-led' approach to increasing audiences. This has included the introduction of two new events - the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, and the OzAsia Festival that showcases cultural and artistic links between Australia and the Asian region.

Mr Gautier came to the Festival Centre after leading Hong Kong's pre-eminent arts festival, and with international experience in media, tourism and the corporate sector. A resident of Asia for 25 years, he remains closely connected to - and seeks to further foster South Australia's cultural connections with - the region.

Mr Gautier has served on a number of arts, media and tourism boards in Hong Kong, throughout Asia and in Australia. He was founding vice-chairman of the Asian Arts Festival Association, and was a board member of the Asian Cultural Council (Rockefeller Foundation).

He currently chairs Asialink's Performing Arts Advisory Committee, and serves on the board of the Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres. He is an executive committee member of Live Performance Australia, and continues to be an advisor to the Hong Kong Arts Festival.