Taylor Mac: 24 Decade History of Popular Music, Melbourne 2018

Jonathan Holloway works with cities, major businesses and senior leaders, speaking, coaching and consulting on leadership, giant thinking and creativity, both day-to-day and in times of extreme crisis.

He has spent his career dealing in experiences.

Joyous, extraordinary, face-touching, transformational and unforgettable experiences.

Over three decades Jonathan has been a theatre director, festival director, chief executive, professional speaker and MC/facilitator.  


Using thrilling creativity and irresistible spectacle, he has dedicated his professional life to transforming great organisations and cities, from London's South Bank to major international arts festivals in Europe and Australia.


He headed up public events at London's National Theatre, where he founded and programmed/produced the Watch This Space Festival for seven year, and co-wrote/directed "Robin Hood" in the Loft Theatre.


As Artistic Director/COE of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, he led it to be the third largest annual arts festival in the UK, which included directing Creative Partnerships for the region, the government's flagship creativity in schools programme. 


In Australia he headed up two of the most important and largest International Arts Festivals in the world, in Perth and then Melbourne.

His first Perth International Arts Festival in 2012 opened with 30,000 people dancing in the streets, as angels and two tonnes of feathers fell from the sky.

In 2015 he masterminded the largest single arts event Australia has ever seen, when 1.4 million people spent three days walking with giants through the main streets of Perth.


In 2017 he brought Taylor Mac’s epic 24 hour production A 24-Decade History Of Popular Music to Melbourne, the only time it will be seen complete outside the US.


All three won the rare and prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Special Event.


His 2018 Melbourne Festival was headlined by the Fire Gardens, an immersive fiery spectacle that took over the whole of the Royal Botanic Gardens, with all 30,000 tickets selling weeks in advance.


By championing giant thinking and vision, managing talent, leading delivery teams, and collaborating with governments, sponsors, the media and the public, he has repeatedly harnessed innovation, persuasion and health & safety to create unmissable, unexpected and unforgettable experiences for massive audiences. 

Now he speaks, coaches and consults on leadership, creativity and giant thinking, day-to-day and in times of extreme crisis.

Jonathan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in the UK, an Honorary Citizen of Perth WA, and a Certified Speaking Professional (the highest globally recognised speaking designation).

He has been artistic advisor to the Mayor of London, Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and Barcelona’s GREC Festival. 


Jonathan is currently based in Mallorca, Spain, but divides his time between Europe, Australia, the US and Zoom.

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speaking, coaching and consulting

on giant thinking & creativity in a time of extreme crisis