Frye Festival Welcomes New Faces to the Team

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Changes in director and management roles will help lead New Brunswick’s bilingual literary festival into its 22nd season.

Pierre-André Doucet

Moncton’s Frye Festival has announced two changes to key positions within the festival’s organizational team. Pianist, writer, and Moncton native Pierre-André Doucet has accepted the position of Interim Executive Director, taking over from Émilie Turmel for the duration of her maternity leave, until May 2022. 

“Moncton is a city where arts abound, and the Frye Festival is one of its leading events,” said Doucet, who has also been the Artistic Co-director of the Été musical de Barachois since 2012. “I am looking forward to pitching in and being able to contribute to the cultural ecosystem of my hometown, in a new way.” 

Current Executive Director Émilie Turmel will remain in office until February 12, 2021 to facilitate the transition.

The Festival also recently welcomed Léonore Bailhache as the new Communications, Marketing, and Audience Development Manager. Bailhache is a poet, and participated in the Frye Festival’s 2020 Prelude event. From Normandy, France, Bailhache is a Creative Writing graduate and is passionate about slam poetry and youth literature. 

“The Frye Festival embodies everything I love in terms of sharing a passion for literature and writing, and I am very happy to be able to participate in the construction of this essential festival in Moncton’s cultural scene,” said Bailhache. 

The entire Festival team is looking forward to unveiling the lineup and program for its 22nd edition, which will take place from April 16 to 25.

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