Giving Program

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#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 build bridges between cultures and to bring us together regardless of where we sit in our wondrously diverse society.

Thank you to our donors for helping us deliver great arts experiences for all.

I believe so emphatically in the value of the arts. It allows the artistic direction to be much bolder, to put on great shows which would otherwise be unaffordable.

Philip Bacon AO, Board Deputy Chair and Giving Committee Member

I really feel I am fulfilling a lot of my goals philanthropically by supporting the arts and seeing Brisbane evolve as a city.

Virginia Bishop, Donor

To see a show get commissioned, come to life, and then see it performed live and see the enjoyment it brings so many people in the community, you can’t help but want to do more and more every year.

Courtney Talbot, Giving Committee Deputy Chair

#2023 In Review

An incredible 23 diverse Festival projects were made possible through the Giving Program in 2023. We are so grateful for the phenomenal support shown by Festival donors again this year. We cannot thank our devoted giving community enough for your faith in us and for the impact that your generosity has had on artistic programming.


Total Audience


Donations, up 52% on 2022


Philanthropic Income


New Works


World Premieres


Artists Employed


#Giving categories

Donations of any size are valued. Every contribution plays a vital role in supporting the Festival.


$100 - $499

Grow the love with a like-minded collective.


$500 - $1,499

Develop the work of independent artists.


$1,500 - $4,999

Commission new work that reflects people and place.

Creative Champions

$5k - $9,999

Showcase artists of global significance.

High Commissioners

$10k - $99,999

Produce bold, bright and brilliant new commissions.

Community Ambassadors

$100k - $299,999

Deliver arts experiences that are accessible, diverse and joyous.

Game Changers


Shape critical and defining moments in our history through transformative commissions and collaborations.


Leave your mark on Brisbane Festival

#Our Donors

Brisbane Festival would like to thank our generous donors to Brisbane Festival 2023 for their contributions in the following categories:

#Game Changers

Tim Fairfax AC and Gina Fairfax AC

#Community Ambassadors

Philip Bacon AO

Haymans Electrical

Paul, Susan and Kate Taylor

Carolyn Vincent - Ubuntu Foundation

#High Commissioners

Justice Thomas Bradley and Dr Matthew Yoong

Conscious Capital

Dalwood-Wylie Charitable Foundation

Frazer Family Foundation

Gallus Partners

Cass and Ian George

Simon and Prue George

Jody and Stephen Gosling

Andy Greig and Ingrid Asbury

Ms Cate Heyworth-Smith KC and Dr Ben Duke

Kim and Michael Hodge

Shaun and Sue Kenny

Dr Susan and Andrew King - ASHER Capital

Wayne N Kratzmann AM

Tim and Amanda Mahony - TKM Capital

Mather Foundation

Simon and Nicole Morrison

Kevin and Laura Perkins

Liz Pidgeon and Graeme Wikman

Ben and Fiona Poschelk

Siganto Foundation

Jodie Siganto

Courtney Talbot

Michele and Michael Taylor

Philip, Marisa and Bella Vecchio

#Creative Champions


The Hon Justice Sue Brown and Lisa Worner

Nick and Gayle Carter

Drs Frank and Ailbhe Cunningham

Judith Cush

Fisher Dore Lawyers

Rhyll Gardner and Rusty Graham

Lancush Pty Ltd

John and Holly Livingstone

Russell Mann and Margot McLay

Rebel Penfold-Russell OAM

Rod and Judy Pilbeam

Shepherd Family Foundation

Simon White and Chanelle Simpson

Penny J Wolff and Peter J Wolff

#The Commissioners

Antoinette Aquilina and Gary Hutchins


Matt and Eliza Baxby

Louise Bezzina

Virginia Bishop

Michelle Boyd

Bryce Camm and Mark Lightfoot

Andy and Katrina Carrick

Nanette Carroll

Kim Challenor

Marshall and Fabienne Cooke

Heidi and James Cooper

John and Regina Cotter

Jamie and Kate Duffield

Charlie and Alicia Cush

Jack and Tamara Fahy - MaxGrains Australia

Marian Gibney

Wendy and Bryan Gibson

Jeff and Amanda Griffin

Valmay Hill and Russell Mitchell

Drs Elizabeth Hodge and Daniel Hagley

Elizabeth Jameson AM and Abbe Anderson

Joli Boutique

Susan Learmonth and Bernard Curran

David Lyons

Brendon Mann and Brendan Smith

Sarah and Ari McCamley

Amanda Newbery

James and Prue Pateras

Libby Patrick

The Hon Anthe Philippides

Dare and Andrea Power

Liam and Dr Sarah Prescott

Rachael Rigg

Dr Kieran and Suzie Rowe

Catherine Sinclair

Paul Spiro

Melinda Taylor

Marie-Louise Theile

The Hon Justice David Thomas and Jane Thomas

Joan and Kevin Ward

Tony and Linda Young

#The Independents


Christopher and Margot Blue

Isabel Brew

Melissa Brown

Alison Campbell

Cathi Collier

Sheryl Cornack

James and Sarah Goodman

Gary and Julie Kordic

Ross Molloy and Cath Nicholson

Danniella Nocelli

Emily and Chris Pickford

Edwina Piper

Alexandra and Chris Poiner

Susan and Matthew Pople

Anna Reynolds and Ian O'Connor

Leanne and Koen Rooijmans

Dr Eva-Marie Seeto

Marty Rowen

Alison Smith

John Smithwick

Andrea and Craig Templeman

Jenny Usher and Peter Good

David and Judy Usher

Sarah Zeljko



Andrew Battersby

Paul Bertinato

Terry Bower

Pam Buchanan

Jonty Flottmann

Connor Gass

Isabella Gass

Leeor Groen

Julia Herne

Nina Lamprell

Samuel Longfield

Michael Morris

Naomi Murphy

Danielle and Jason Organ

Mrs Pattie Pozzebon

Ben Previtera and Maddie Brooks

Ewen Thompson

Alex Woodward

Brisbane Festival expresses deep respect to and acknowledges the First People of this Country.