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  • Street Performer Applications 2017

    The Cultural Forecourt at South Bank will transform into the sparkling new world of Treasury Brisbane Arcadia for all of September, day and night. As part of this year’s entertainment, Brisbane Festival is seeking street performers for the thousands of festival-goers that pass through the heart of Treasury Brisbane Arcadia, right in front of the Brisbane River. We’re looking for all types of performers, including circus and street artists, jazz and classical musicians, hip hop and Latin dancers, freestyle rappers and opera singers, puppeteers, magicians, living statues, face painters, balloon artists, and more. Just let us know what it is you do best!   Please note all information provided is private and confidential. Applications close Friday 30 June 2017. Applicants will be notified of their success on Monday 24 July.  
  • Giving Program

      FESTIVAL DONORS MAKE IT HAPPEN Our donors help Brisbane Festival soar. They help us to deliver performances of scale and ambition from both local and international artists, and to keep those performances accessible for all. They help us dream. Brisbane Festival dissolves barriers. The local and the global sit side-by-side. Through free events and low ticket prices, we reach out to audiences who might not normally have the opportunity to experience great arts. Through enabling new works that might not otherwise happen, we make it possible for artists to create right at the very edge of their imagination. The special human connection that the arts offer is now more important than ever. It fosters empathy. It helps us to build bridges between cultures and to bring us together regardless of where we sit in the wondrously diverse society we live in. Thank you to our donors for helping us deliver great arts experiences for all.   Giving categories and examples of how you can assist: High Commissioners ($10,000+) Donations over $10,000 contribute to the development of new Queensland works.   The Internationals ($5,000 - $9,999) Donations that ensure Brisbane hosts the world’s most inspiring artists through our International productions.   The Commissioners ($1,500 - $4,999) Donations that help our local artists and writers bring their work to life on stage.   The Independents ($500 - $1,499) Donations that ensure Independent artists can showcase their work at Brisbane Festival’s hub Theatre Republic.   BFFs ($100 - $499) Donations that ensure our programming remains accessible for all.   Gifts of $100 and above are recognised on Brisbane Festival’s website. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible and Brisbane Festival will send you a tax receipt. For more information, please contact Brisbane Festival Philanthropy Manager, Fabienne Cooke    Donate online now or Complete the downloadable form or please complete the form below and we'll be in touch.
  • The Commissioners

            Brisbane Festival invites generous individuals and organisations to support the commissioning of new works. The Commissioners program brings together those who share our deep commitment to enabling artists to realise fresh ideas. The creation of pioneering works is key to a festival that is alive to the present and determined to offer audiences experiences that awaken wonder.   Commissioned works have a special place in arts festivals. They give home cities the first, exclusive look, and then very often travel the international festival circuit. Works commissioned by Brisbane Festival provide Brisbane with that privileged prime position, then take our city’s name to the world. The legacy can be long and fruitful for artists, for Brisbane Festival and for the city.   The Commissioners have the opportunity to experience the development of new work first hand, from conception to performance to global sharing. Play a role behind-the-scenes. Meet artistic directors, artists and technicians. Share the thrill of a world premiere!   The Commissioners program supports Brisbane Festival through an annual fully tax-deductible donation of $1,500 or more. For further information, please contact Brisbane Festival Philanthropy Manager Fabienne Cooke by phone 07 3833 5412 or email Donate online now  or Download the donations form or please complete the form below and we'll be in touch.   
  • Our Donors

      Brisbane Festival would like to acknowledge our generous donors for their contributions in the following categories: High Commissioners Philip Bacon AM Thomas Bradley QC Paul and Susan Taylor The internationals Gayle and Nick Carter Paul Spiro The Commissioners Marshall and Fabienne Cooke Heidi and James Cooper Ian and Cass George Goa Valmay Hill Michael and Kim Hodge Simon Morrison Origin Foundation The Hon Justice David Thomas and Jane Thomas The Independents Melissa Brown Tim and Cheryl Courtice Cory Heathwood Susan and Matthew Pople Barbara and William Reeve Alison Smith BFF's Tim & Katie Pack   Thank you for your support! Gifts over $99 are recognised in the acknowledgements section of the 2016 Brisbane Festival program and on Brisbane Festival’s website.   Donate online now  or Download the donations form or please complete the form below and we'll be in touch.   
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    Employment Opportunities at Brisbane Festival
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    Become a Brisbane Festival donor   Download the donations form or Donate online now or, please complete the form below and we'll be in touch.     
  • Kaleidoscope Registration

    Project Overview Come and step into Ethan’s world and experience the joy of walking through shafts of colour and light - a dazzling kaleidoscope. Ethan was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was four. Because of this syndrome, Ethan perceives everything around him differently and wonderfully. He understands the world through touch; sensing his surroundings with the pads of his fingers and the tips of his toes. Kaleidoscope allows Ethan to express himself through a physical form he loves – circus. He is joined onstage by five circus performers and together they explore the colour, chaos and incredible beauty of his world through acrobatics, slapstick, music, movement and vibrant video projections. “Sometimes the heart breaks and cracks open because so much love is bursting through.” (Ethan) Brisbane Festival and Company 2 are sourcing twenty 5-10 year olds to participate on stage in Kaleidoscope, taking place in the Cremorne Theatre at QPAC in September as part of Brisbane Festival 2017.   show Timetable Tue 26 Sept    -       7pm-8pm Wed 27 Sept    -     1pm-2pm Thu 28 Sept    -     1pm-2pm Fri 29 Sept    -     1pm-2pm and 7pm-8pm Sat 30 Sept    -     2pm-3pm       There will be a free play space open in the Cremorne Balcony  during the above show times for anyone to visit.  Your involvement 1. Group scene which involves play and fun  2. Appear in a shadow scene and play Grandmam's footsteps 3. Anyone with musical skills who might play a basic instrument in the shadow scene or sing 4. Be involved in the painting scene at the end of the show 5. Rehearsal would be one weekend for 2 hours in September 6. Technical rehearsals will be in theatre on Tuesday 26 September 7. Children will have the potential to be cast in all 6 shows or just 3, if casts are rotated 8. Children will be supervised by Company 2 representatives holding Blue Cards 9. What to wear? All white pants, t-shirt, dress or shorts or a brightly-coloured outfit Bare feet Register your interest To register your interest please email    
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    Brisbane Festival 2017 (9-30 September). An incredible collection of arts and entertainment.
  • Blind Cinema Registration

    Project Overview The performance starts with the audience entering a normal movie cinema where they are blindfolded once they take their seats. A class of approximately 30 children then file into the row behind the audience and take their seats as the film commences. The children then place a speaking funnel to the audiences’ ears and they describe what is happening on the screen. The film screened during the performance will be seen by each group of children for the first time. Hence, each performance will have a new group of describing children. Each screening is also preceded by a workshop with the group of children, performing on the day. This is a free event that is programmed at GOMA in the first week of the school holidays. Schools and students are required to be available during this time to be eligible to participate in this project. We will engage 5 schools to participate in each of the 5 performances taking place between Tues 19 – Sat 23 September.   Draft Timetable 10:00am – 10:15am  -       Arrival of children at venue (transport to be confirmed) 10:15am – 11:30am  -     Workshop part 1 11:30am – 11:50am  -     Morning tea 11:50am – 1:15pm  -     Workshop part 2 1:15pm – 2:00pm  -     Lunch break 2:00pm – 3:00pm  -     Rehearsal with children in space 3:00pm - 3:20pm  -     Afternoon tea break, snacks, drinks, restrooms 3:30pm – 4:15pm  -     Performance 4:30pm  -     Children are collected by parents.   Workshop To prepare the children and give them an opportunity to become familiar with the ideas and thoughts behind the project, each screening involves a workshop with the children. Here we will be looking into what it is like to be without the sense of sight, and what it means to create pictures in someone else’s mind’. It will include exercises in image description (both still images and video clips) and function as a mini-training for the performance. As well as the workshop, there is a mini-rehearsal with each group of children that takes place in the actual performance prior to the performance. The Film The film is 30min long, has sound effects but no dialogue. It was made specifically for this performance and is based on numerous try-outs with children that age. It is slow enough for them to describe and is playful in the way it is put together. It was conceived and filmed together with a 9 year old boy and his parents. In terms of the imagery it is therefore very much suited to children that age. The film is experimental and fragmentary, but has a basic narrative structure for the children to follow. It is at times funny, strange, surprising and maybe a little scary (but in a child-like way, i.e. rustling leaves in the forest, fantastical creatures ect.). A big part of the film is its role as a 'dramaturgical' line through the audience's experience, evoking different affective responses from the describing children. School staff involvement The artist likes to work with schools to build the workshop and performance into the school’s curriculum. Most importantly we are hoping to bring the principle and teachers on board – especially as the teachers end up playing a key part in making the children feel excited, comfortable but also guiding them through workshop and pre and post show. We will be putting together a teacher’s information pack to send through to the participating schools which will provide further detail on the above information. This is a performance that requires concentration, motivation and curiosity from the children and is a very exciting opportunity for teachers and children to work on a unique project with an international artist. Register your interest To register your interest please email    

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