Described as the ‘High Priestess of Harmony,’ whose writing has ‘enjoyed exceptional public approbation,’ Xenia Hanusiak enjoys one of the most diverse lives experienced by cultural leaders today. As a global festival director, writer and opera singer committed to cultural narratives Xenia’s critically acclaimed festivals and her contributions to contemporary performance including ‘MADE IN CHINA’, ‘Earth Songs’, ‘The Garden of Joy and Sorrow’ and ‘A thousand doors, a thousand windows’ have been appreciated at the Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Ten Days on the Island festivals (Australia), Aarhus Festival (Denmark), Banff Festival (Canada), Next Wave Festival, BAM (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington), Singapore Arts Festival, Gruppo Aperto Musica Oggi (Florence), Beijing Musica Acoustica, Beijing Music Festival (China) and the MODAFE Festival (Seoul). Her works for the stage as a writer include Un_labelled (Young People’s Chorus of New York City), the msTaken Identity (for Soprano and string quartet) and the play Ward B.
Xenia is currently recognized as a Global Cultural Fellow, University of Edinburgh and has held fellowships at Columbia University, Peking University, the Churchill Foundation, Shanghai Theater Institute and National University of Singapore. She holds a Doctorate in Creative Writing, and multiple degrees in music and literature.