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  • Brisbane Times Festival Conversations

    Perfect if you’re keen to gain a deeper appreciation of the great work at Brisbane Festival, so that you can see more in the performances, hear more in the music and speak more keenly in the conversations taking place around the Festival.
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    Brisbane Festival is one of Australia’s major international arts festivals.  Each September, it explodes across the city with a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and major public events such as Sunsuper Riverfire.  Brisbane Festival attracts an audience of around one million people every year. Brisbane Festival has only been annual since 2009, but in that time it’s been embraced by the city and admired by the world. Our mission Brisbane Festival aims to connect artists and audiences in ways that lift the spirit, disrupt the conventional and open our city to the world. We believe... A festival needs to be festive.  Like a feast, it needs to lift our spirits, our responsiveness and our appetites beyond the everyday. A festival disrupts the conventional. It inspires us to think differently – about an art form, about city spaces, about how we live in the world. A festival looks outwards to the world. It brings the world and its arts to us, and it showcases our city and its arts to the world. We believe in presenting outstanding arts experiences from here and around the globe that expand our sense of the world and of what is possible within it. We program across all art forms, create clusters of linked works, enable creative endeavours  that might not otherwise be possible, ensure that we present work that speaks to contemporary concerns, and embrace non-traditional venues. We believe in helping to grow and develop the Australian and local arts sector. We engage with artists and companies in ways that enable them to think and create beyond their normal borders. We believe in creating a compelling connection between audiences and arts experiences. We aim to remove cultural, price and physical barriers, to reflect diverse tastes and cultures and to reach out to audiences who might not normally attend arts events. We encourage a social as well as an aesthetic dimension to the arts experience. We believe in being an exemplar of how an arts organisation can inspire new ways of thinking about creativity and cultural participation. We wish to create a civic passion for the culturally different. We wish to become an indispensable part of how Brisbane thinks of itself – as a people, as a city, as part of Australia and of the world. We are determined to show that a festival can live and prosper at the nexus of great arts and great community, local and global, and offer unexpected opportunities for joy, celebration, boundless exploration and honest reflection.    
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  • Corporate Hospitality

      HOST YOUR NEXT CORPORATE FUNCTION WITH US! For a limited time only Brisbane Festival offers you the opportunity to host your corporate event with us. Treat your guests to a unique and unforgettable experience at Brisbane Festival. For more information get in touch with Dana Brown at or (07) 3833 5408 to arrange a corporate entertaining package. This is your chance to experience a world that does not exist at any other time of the year! Spots for 2018 have not yet opened. Client Entertaining Packages 2018 information sheet  
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  • Sunsuper Riverfire Accessible Viewing

      Brisbane Festival has established an accessible viewing area on River Terrace opposite Walmsley Street (see map attached), in partnership with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who will provide off-street undercover parking for those who wish to take advantage of this viewing area. This area is reserved for special needs patrons and their carers (one per person). If you wish to join us at this area please register your details via the form at the bottom of this page. Two wheelchair accessible amenities will be available at the viewing area and security will be present. Access to the carpark in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will only be available from 4pm via Llewellyn Street off Mains Road (near the Pineapple Hotel). Any undercover parking requires a vehicle to be below 2.1m, higher vehicles are able to park in the vacant lot across the road. Once parked, there’s a short distance to the viewing area on River Terrace. Brisbane Festival volunteers will be onsite to assist with your parking and will direct you to the viewing area. After the spectacular display, River Terrace will remain closed until approximately 9pm for which exit will be via Llewellyn Street onto Main Street. Registrations for accessible viewing for 2017 are now closed. Register your interest
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  • Wallace Bishop Treasure Hunt

    100 diamonds for 100 years To celebrate 100 sparkling years, Wallace Bishop is giving away 100 diamonds to Festival goers throughout Brisbane during Brisbane Festival. With a total value of $120 000, 2017 may just be a year that stays with you forever. So keep your eyes peeled – you may find a sparkling surprise. Brilliant! Follow Brisbane Festival social media for the occasional clue about where the diamonds are being hidden. 💎 COMPETITION PROCESS Wallace Bishop has provided 100 single loose diamonds valued at RRP$1000 each as major prizes. Wallace Bishop has also provided 100 cubic zirconia and silver rings valued at RRP$200 each in individually numbered Wallace Bishop ring boxes. Between the dates of 8-30 September 2017 Brisbane Festival will hide 100 cubic zirconia and silver rings in Wallace Bishop ring boxes in and around Brisbane for winners to locate. Inside each ring box will also be a letter with instructions to claiming the major prizes. When a winner locates a ring, they can keep this ring plus claim a major prize as per the instruction letter. To claim the major prize of a loose diamond, the winner must bring their ring prize (numbered box and ring) plus the letter to Wallace Bishop headquarters at Cnr Commercial Rd and Doggett St, Newstead Brisbane by close of business on Friday 29 December 2017. When the ring prize, numbered box and the letter are presented simultaneously, the winner will receive a loose diamond valued at RRP$1000. FAQs How many ring boxes are there a day? At least one ring box will be placed every day of Brisbane Festival. How many clues are there a day? One. But that doesn’t mean there aren't more sparkly surprises around for unsuspecting Festival goers! What time will the clue come out? Any time of day. We like a surprise. Can you tell me more about how they are hidden?The ring boxes won’t be anywhere you need to move furniture, climb or dig to find them. Please look with your eyes not your hands, and be respectful of the places and people where you are searching. Will you announce when the ring boxes are found?We’re not monitoring and announcing when the ring boxes have been found – you’ll only know if someone shares their lucky find on the Facebook event. What happens if the ring boxes aren’t found by the end of the day? The ring boxes are snapped up quickly! But in the unusual event that one is not found, it will be re-hidden on another day. I’m under 18 – can I participate? You can find the ring box but cannot exchange it for a diamond. Are the diamonds ethically sourced? Please see the below statement from Wallace Bishop: At Wallace Bishop we are committed to ensuring that every one of our diamonds is sourced in a sustainable and ethical manner. As such we adhere to stringent procedures to guarantee that we are constantly acting in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. In doing so, we hope to provide you with the utmost peace of mind when making your diamond purchase. Since 2003 Wallace Bishop have committed to the Kimberly Agreement and other industry ethical standards and refuse to deal with suppliers that are known to work the grey areas. Treasure Hunt Terms and Conditions Entry into the promotion is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.  The Competition process forms part of these terms and conditions. There will be 100 winners in this Wallace Bishop Treasure Hunt. Each winner is eligible to win a major prize (one diamond) plus a ring prize (one cubic zirconia and silver ring). The promotion commences at 9am AEST (Brisbane time) on 8th September 2017 and ends at 5pm AEST (Brisbane time) on 29th December 2017. Entry is available to people over the age of 18. Directors, staff, volunteers and immediate family members of directors, staff and volunteers of Brisbane Festival or Wallace Bishop are ineligible to win the prizes of this Wallace Bishop Treasure Hunt. Winners may win one major and one ring prize only. Prize must be taken as stated and no compensation will be payable if the winner is unable to use the prize as stated. The prize may be exchangeable for other goods and services provided by Wallace Bishop at recommended retail rate at the discretion of Wallace Bishop but cannot be redeemed as cash or any product or service from any company other than Wallace Bishop. Brisbane Festival and Wallace Bishop take no responsibility if any prize winner cannot report to Wallace Bishop to claim their major prize. Brisbane Festival and Wallace Bishop reserve the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the promotion. Prizes that remain unclaimed at close of business on 29th December 2017 will be sold through usual business practice and unavailable for claim after this date. Wallace Bishop reserves the right to verify the validity of entries, prize claims and entrants (including an entrant’s identity and age) and to disqualify any entrant who submits a prize claim that is not in accordance with these terms and conditions or who tampers with the entry process. An entry that is incomplete, indecipherable, illegible or non-compliant with these terms and conditions is invalid and will not be accepted or considered. Failure by Wallace Bishop to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights The Promoter's decision is final and no other correspondence will be entered into. By entering the Competition, an entrant releases and indemnifies Brisbane Festival and Wallace Bishop (including its officers, employees and agents) from and against all actions, liabilities, penalties, claims or demands the entrant may have against Brisbane Festival and Wallace Bishop or that Brisbane Festival or Wallace Bishop may incur for any loss or damage which is or may be suffered or sustained as a direct or indirect result of an entrant entering or participating in the Wallace Bishop Treasure Hunt or winning or failing to win a prize, or using or permitting any other person to use the prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law or which would cause any part of this clause to be void or unenforceable.    

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