What's your love story?

The makers of last year's Blue Light Frisco are returning to Festival again in 2014. This time 'round they want your love, and they want it bad - for a new performance work based on the love stories of strangers.

So go tell them about love. Share, declare and confess anonymously - be it roses or warts - The Good Room want to hear your love story in all its bittersweet and cringe-worthy glory.

Your love story - be it good or bad, happy or sad - could be part of a very special performance this September.

Brisbane Festival Blog
Posted: 17 Feb

What's your love story?

The makers of last year's Blue Light Frisco are returning to Festival again in 2014. This time 'round they want your love, and they want it bad - for a new performance work based on the love stories of strangers.

So go tell them about love. Share, declare and confess anonymously - be it roses or warts - The Good Room want to hear your love story in all its bittersweet and cringe-worthy glory.

Your love story - be it good or bad, happy or sad - could be part of a very special performance this September.

Brisbane Festival Blog
Posted: 17 Feb

What's your love story?

The makers of last year's Blue Light Frisco are returning to Festival again in 2014. This time 'round they want your love, and they want it bad - for a new performance work based on the love stories of strangers.

So go tell them about love. Share, declare and confess anonymously - be it roses or warts - The Good Room want to hear your love story in all its bittersweet and cringe-worthy glory.

Your love story - be it good or bad, happy or sad - could be part of a very special performance this September.

Brisbane Festival Blog
Posted: 17 Feb

Enjoy your long weekend, everyone. May it be filled will art and creation and chocolate!

Behold Berthold

We are delighted to announce David Berthold will be our new artistic director, replacing Noel Staunton after this year's Festival.

David currently curates our Independent Theatre Program (in fact Expressions of Interest are now being sought from independent artists), and is the artistic director of La Boite Theatre Company.

He has previously been artistic director of Griffin Theatre Company and the Australian Theatre for Young People, associate director of Sydney Theatre Company, and artistic associate of Queensland Theatre Company.

David's four-year term will start from June, to allow planning for the 2015 festival. However, Noel will officially hand over the reigns at the end of this year, after five fabulous Festivals as artistic director.

Brisbane Festival Blog
Posted: 16 Feb

Behold Berthold

We are delighted to announce David Berthold will be our new artistic director, replacing Noel Staunton after this year's Festival.

David currently curates our Independent Theatre Program (in fact Expressions of Interest are now being sought from independent artists), and is the artistic director of La Boite Theatre Company.

He has previously been artistic director of Griffin Theatre Company and the Australian Theatre for Young People, associate director of Sydney Theatre Company, and artistic associate of Queensland Theatre Company.

David's four-year term will start from June, to allow planning for the 2015 festival. However, Noel will officially hand over the reigns at the end of this year, after five fabulous Festivals as artistic director.

Brisbane Festival Blog
Posted: 16 Feb

Performers in The Spiegeltent 2013

YouTube Back of House - All Access: The Perfect American
Posted: 12 Mar

2014 shows - on sale now

This year will be the final Brisbane Festival for our Artistic Director Noel Staunton. He's preparing a spectacular program for his swan song, and is so eager to get things moving that he's already unveiled two theatrical productions.

The Perfect American is an opera by iconic contemporary composer Philip Glass. The story tells a fictionalised account of the final days of Walt Disney, based on the novel by Peter Stephan Jungk. Let's just say it's a very different Disney that is currently being portrayed in Saving Mr Banks.

Our production, presented in conjunction with OperaQ, is a global, ambitious work that has only ever been staged twice before - in Madrid and London last year. With only four performances in QPAC's Concert Hall this September, we're warning you now that this one will sell out, so make sure you book early.

The second early release for Brisbane Festival 2014 is Black Diggers.

Directed by Queensland Theatre Company's Wesley Enoch, Black Diggers uncovers the largely unknown contribution of Aboriginal soldiers to our country's war-time history. Its World Premiere at Sydney Opera House, as part of Sydney Festival, earlier this month was met with rave reviews - including this 5 star review from The Guardian, who declared it "a new high point in telling a national narrative on the stage".

Tickets are on sale now for this uplifting landmark theatre event.

As is the prerogative of an artistic director, there may be more early announcements for this year's Festival, so watch this space and make sure you keep September free!

Brisbane Festival Blog
Posted: 21 Jan

2014 shows - on sale now

This year will be the final Brisbane Festival for our Artistic Director Noel Staunton. He's preparing a spectacular program for his swan song, and is so eager to get things moving that he's already unveiled two theatrical productions.

The Perfect American is an opera by iconic contemporary composer Philip Glass. The story tells a fictionalised account of the final days of Walt Disney, based on the novel by Peter Stephan Jungk. Let's just say it's a very different Disney that is currently being portrayed in Saving Mr Banks.

Our production, presented in conjunction with OperaQ, is a global, ambitious work that has only ever been staged twice before - in Madrid and London last year. With only four performances in QPAC's Concert Hall this September, we're warning you now that this one will sell out, so make sure you book early.

The second early release for Brisbane Festival 2014 is Black Diggers.

Directed by Queensland Theatre Company's Wesley Enoch, Black Diggers uncovers the largely unknown contribution of Aboriginal soldiers to our country's war-time history. Its World Premiere at Sydney Opera House, as part of Sydney Festival, earlier this month was met with rave reviews - including this 5 star review from The Guardian, who declared it "a new high point in telling a national narrative on the stage".

Tickets are on sale now for this uplifting landmark theatre event.

As is the prerogative of an artistic director, there may be more early announcements for this year's Festival, so watch this space and make sure you keep September free!

Brisbane Festival Blog
Posted: 21 Jan

Thanks to all the lovely Tweeps who RTed our job vacancies & goa billboards Project announcement today. :)

Announcing the opera sensation of 2014

Following high acclaim in Madrid and London, Brisbane Festival and OperaQ join forces to bring the latest opera from the iconic composer Philip Glass to Brisbane in 2014.

The Perfect American is an imaginative interpretation of the final months of Walt Disney's life, and includes mythical encounters with Abraham Lincoln and Andy Warhol.

Creators of this visually spectacular production, featuring ingenious animated projections, are British theatre director Phelim McDermott (Satyagraha, Metropolitan Opera) and leading international designer Dan Potra (Sydney 2000 Olympic Games opening ceremony) and conductor Gareth Jones (Sinfonia Cymru, English National Opera).

Acclaimed British baritone Christopher Purves was described by The Guardian as "inspired" in the role of Walt Disney. Accompanying him on QPAC's Concert Hall stage will be Cheryl Barker as Hazel, Disney's nurse and confidante, and Kanen Breen as Andy Warhol.

Brisbane has the great honour of being only the third city in the world (and the first in the southern hemisphere!) to host The Perfect American. It is a global, ambitious work, which we are proud to announce as the headline event for Brisbane Festival 2014.

This will be one of next year's most exciting music theatre events, so mark your diary now - tickets go on sale Monday 20 January 2014.

Brisbane Festival Blog
Posted: 14 Dec

Announcing the opera sensation of 2014

Following high acclaim in Madrid and London, Brisbane Festival and OperaQ join forces to bring the latest opera from the iconic composer Philip Glass to Brisbane in 2014.

The Perfect American is an imaginative interpretation of the final months of Walt Disney's life, and includes mythical encounters with Abraham Lincoln and Andy Warhol.

Creators of this visually spectacular production, featuring ingenious animated projections, are British theatre director Phelim McDermott (Satyagraha, Metropolitan Opera) and leading international designer Dan Potra (Sydney 2000 Olympic Games opening ceremony) and conductor Gareth Jones (Sinfonia Cymru, English National Opera).

Acclaimed British baritone Christopher Purves was described by The Guardian as "inspired" in the role of Walt Disney. Accompanying him on QPAC's Concert Hall stage will be Cheryl Barker as Hazel, Disney's nurse and confidante, and Kanen Breen as Andy Warhol.

Brisbane has the great honour of being only the third city in the world (and the first in the southern hemisphere!) to host The Perfect American. It is a global, ambitious work, which we are proud to announce as the headline event for Brisbane Festival 2014.

This will be one of next year's most exciting music theatre events, so mark your diary now - tickets go on sale Monday 20 January 2014.

Brisbane Festival Blog
Posted: 14 Dec

Fear of a Brown Planet's fave tunes

YouTube Wesley researching for Black Diggers
Posted: 5 Dec

Relive Santos GLNG City of Lights 2013

Don't you wish it was September? Well, here's the next best thing - a video of Santos GLNG City of Lights in its entirety.

This sensational light, laser, and special effects show ran nightly from 7 - 27 September 2013, at South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt, as part of Brisbane Festival.

Melbourne-based collective Strange Fruit captivated audiences, performing surreal dance and circus feats from high above the barge. Their intricate act was performed on a glittering backdrop of monumental structures, effervescent water features, colourful lasers and rooftop searchlights, to a dynamic soundtrack.

We're proud to say Brisbane Festival and Santos GLNG won the national Creative Partnerships Partnering Award, 2013, for this event.

Brisbane Festival Blog
Posted: 12 Dec

Relive Santos GLNG City of Lights 2013

Don't you wish it was September? Well, here's the next best thing - a video of Santos GLNG City of Lights in its entirety.

This sensational light, laser, and special effects show ran nightly from 7 - 27 September 2013, at South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt, as part of Brisbane Festival.

Melbourne-based collective Strange Fruit captivated audiences, performing surreal dance and circus feats from high above the barge. Their intricate act was performed on a glittering backdrop of monumental structures, effervescent water features, colourful lasers and rooftop searchlights, to a dynamic soundtrack.

We're proud to say Brisbane Festival and Santos GLNG won the national Creative Partnerships Partnering Award, 2013, for this event.

Brisbane Festival Blog
Posted: 12 Dec

WE'RE HIRING Tech Manager & Coordinators, Site Design Coordinator, Signage Coordinator, Business Development Director http://t.co/hArK9Gy2KT

The first theatrical production for Brisbane Festival 2014

Next year will mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. On the eve of such a significant landmark we announce the first theatrical production for Brisbane Festival 2014 - a story of honour and sacrifice that has been almost forgotten - Black Diggers.

Directed by Wesley Enoch and written by Tom Wright, Black Diggers explores the lives and deaths of the thousand or so Indigenous soldiers who fought for the British Commonwealth in World War I.

Shunned and downtrodden in their own country, and in fact banned by their own government from serving in the military, Aboriginal men had to hide their heritage to enlist. Undaunted, these bold souls took up arms to defend the free world in its time of greatest need.

Presented in conjunction with Queensland Theatre Company, Black Diggers will make its premiere at the Sydney Opera House for Sydney Festival before coming to QPAC in September 2014.

Tickets go on sale on Monday 16 December 2013.

Take a look at this short video that outlines the new research and extensive consultation undertaken to reclaim this forgotten chapter of Australia's wartime legacy. You won't want to miss this uplifting landmark theatre event!

Brisbane Festival Blog
Posted: 9 Dec

The first theatrical production for Brisbane Festival 2014

Next year will mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. On the eve of such a significant landmark we announce the first theatrical production for Brisbane Festival 2014 - a story of honour and sacrifice that has been almost forgotten - Black Diggers.

Directed by Wesley Enoch and written by Tom Wright, Black Diggers explores the lives and deaths of the thousand or so Indigenous soldiers who fought for the British Commonwealth in World War I.

Shunned and downtrodden in their own country, and in fact banned by their own government from serving in the military, Aboriginal men had to hide their heritage to enlist. Undaunted, these bold souls took up arms to defend the free world in its time of greatest need.

Presented in conjunction with Queensland Theatre Company, Black Diggers will make its premiere at the Sydney Opera House for Sydney Festival before coming to QPAC in September 2014.

Tickets go on sale on Monday 16 December 2013.

Take a look at this short video that outlines the new research and extensive consultation undertaken to reclaim this forgotten chapter of Australia's wartime legacy. You won't want to miss this uplifting landmark theatre event!

Brisbane Festival Blog
Posted: 9 Dec

Roger Knox - favourite songs

YouTube Festival Thinking: Black Diggers
Posted: 5 Dec

That's a wrap!

In September 2013 more than 1.1 million festival-goers enjoyed 86 productions and exhibitions, 467 performances, five world premieres, 10 Australian premieres and of course those giant pink bunnies.

South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt was once again transformed into the central hub for Brisbane Festival with over 440,000 spectators marvelling at the free Santos GLNG City of Lights. The sparkling Brisbane Airport Light Garden attracted thousands of snap happy spectators, while several performances at the Spiegeltent played to sold out audiences.

We painted the town pink with an epic three weeks that saw audience figures peak and box office records break.

Thank you Brisbane for embracing the arts and staying up late! We hope you enjoy this wrap video that's a little look back at the highlights.

Brisbane Festival Blog
Posted: 14 Nov

That's a wrap!

In September 2013 more than 1.1 million festival-goers enjoyed 86 productions and exhibitions, 467 performances, five world premieres, 10 Australian premieres and of course those giant pink bunnies.

South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt was once again transformed into the central hub for Brisbane Festival with over 440,000 spectators marvelling at the free Santos GLNG City of Lights. The sparkling Brisbane Airport Light Garden attracted thousands of snap happy spectators, while several performances at the Spiegeltent played to sold out audiences.

We painted the town pink with an epic three weeks that saw audience figures peak and box office records break.

Thank you Brisbane for embracing the arts and staying up late! We hope you enjoy this wrap video that's a little look back at the highlights.

Brisbane Festival Blog
Posted: 14 Nov
Close