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New York 2013 PLANNING Committee

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The New York 2013 Planning Committee was Co-Chaired by Alicia Adams (VP of International Programming and Dance, John F Kennedy Center) and Chris Lorway (Executive Director, Soundstreams Canada) - meet the Co-Chairs and planning committee below.

Co-Chairs

Alicia AdamsAlicia Adams
VP of Int. Programming and Dance
John F Kennedy Center

Alicia B. Adams is the Vice President of International Programming and Dance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

She curated and produced the Center’s maximum INDIA (2011) and Arabesque (2009), JAPAN! culture + hyperculture (2008) festivals, and the festival of China (2005), the largest celebration Chinese arts and culture in American history. Adams also curates the Center’s Contemporary Dance and the Etcetera Series.

Previously, Adams has worked for institutions including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Belafonte Enterprises, Inc.; City Center Theater; Harlem School of the Arts; and International Production Associates. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Williamstown Theater Festival (Massachusetts), and the Founding Council of the Caine Prize for African Writing (U.K.).

Adams holds an M.A. from Columbia University, a B.S. from New York University, and a certificate in arts administration from Harvard University’s School of Business Administration. 

Chris LorwayChris Lorway
Executive Director
Soundstreams Canada

Chris Lorway is the ED of Soundstreams, a Canadian music presenter that commissions and showcases the work of contemporary composers. He is also a preferred partner at Lord Cultural Resources where clients include the City of Chicago and the Canadian Museum of Immigration. Prior to this, Chris spent five seasons as the founding Artistic Director of the Luminato Festival where he shaped and implemented the festival's artistic vision and program.

Before Luminato, Chris was a Senior Consultant at AEA Consulting, one of the world’s leading strategic consulting firms for the cultural sector where projects included a study for the Edinburgh Festivals on how to remain competitive in a global festival marketplace. Chris also worked on a number of international events including the Lincoln Center Festival, The New Yorker Festival and the Celtic Colours International Festival.

Chris holds a MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University, and a BMusEd from Western University. He is a regular lecturer on cultural leadership for the Clore Duffield Leadership Programme in the UK and the Advanced Cultural Leadership Programme in Hong Kong.

Committee Members

Eugene Downes
Former CEO, Culture Ireland

Naomi Grabel
Director of Marketing and Creative Services, Carnegie Hall

Eric Klug
Director, British Council Brazil


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