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  • Ahmet’s Turkish Restaurant

    Ahmet’s Turkish Restaurant - Festival Flavours
  • Atalanta Bar and Greek

    Atalanta Bar and Greek Festival Flavours
  • Next Door Kitchen & Bar

    Next Door Kitchen & Bar - Festival Flavours
  • 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    
  • 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.   
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  • #CelebrateBrisbane with Frank

    Frank is your special animated host at Treasury Brisbane Arcadia. He's friendly, frank, and frisky – a festival celebration you’ll fall in love with all day, all night.
  • Lord Mayor’s City Hall Concerts

    Each Tuesday throughout Brisbane Festival, you’re invited to Brisbane’s historic City Hall to enjoy a free lunchtime concert as part of the Lord Mayor’s City Hall Concerts.
  • Laser Beak Man - Tim Sharp Exhibition

    This exhibition of both classic and new artworks accompanies the production of Laser Beak Man.
  • Greg Fleet: We Are Idiots

    This is a brand new hour of reflection on the state of the world in the past 12 months – tackling gender, race, equality, taxis, Vietnamese food, dead parents, teenage dilemmas, where we are now as people and what happens next.
  • The Chipolatas: Gentlemen of the Road

    An entertainer, an acrobat, an artist, a musician, a poet, and a clown produce inspired moments of theatrical stillness and high-octane physicality through rhythmic squeezebox, breakouts and ballads, spoken word and samples.
  • Battleship Potemkin - Music Live by Camerata

    Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin (1925) is often cited as one of the greatest films of all time. In this special event, see a new restoration of the silent masterpiece with a stunning new score performed live by Camerata - Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra.

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