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Frank Madrid

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Frank energies were originally split between cultural journalism and acting. His incursion in the field of arts management took place in 1993, working with the International Theatre Institute - UNESCO as programmer of international content for the Barcelona Festival of World Theatre. He moved to New York to work with one of Limon Dance Company's choreographers, Carlos Orta. After undertaking studies in Arts Administration at New York University's School of Professional Studies, Frank relocated to Australia where he completed the Executive Program in Arts Marketing for Cultural Industries at the UTS Graduate School of Business as well as postgraduate studies in Integrated Marketing Communications at the University of Canberra. An alumni of the prestigious MAPD Program at RMIT, Frank has been a very active producer, presenter and programmer of cultural content in Australia and his contribution has been instrumental in the development of strong links between Australia, Latin America and Spain in his role of associate producer of the Australia Latin America Foundation.

Frank's areas of expertise are arts marketing and multicultural communications with an emphasis on developing a wider audience for the arts. He has worked with an array of arts organisations including most major arts festivals and venues in Australia. He actively promotes international cultural exchange and has nurtured close relationships with artists and other cultural brokers the world over facilitating opportunities for international dialogue.

He has produced a number of showcases of Latin American cultural product in Australia and New Zealand and has been involved in taking Australian content to key platforms in Latin America. He was artistic director of FLIPART, a celebration of physical theatre, aerial, dance, circus and street theatre in Canberra in 2009 and Wollongong's Viva La Gong, a multi-arts festival testing a new model in community arts in 2010. Responsible for more than twenty successful international tours to and from Australia, Frank has successfully found ways to make non traditional cultural product attractive to traditional audiences. In addition to running FAMA, Frank presents The Suitcase on the Australian national broadcaster ABC. He is also a well sought after DJ, constantly in demand around Australia and overseas. He is currently working on MAD LATINO, a celebration of all things Latin touring more than eight high profile Latino bands around Australia in 2011. This will be followed by a showcase of Australian artists performing in New York's Central Park as part of the Summer Stage Festival in 2012.


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