Brisbane Festival
and Northshore present

Brisbane's Art Boat

A floating art experience hitting the water this September

Take a sunset cruise, explore kinetic art installations and see new contemporary works in a pop-up warehouse theatre

This wondrous floating art experience will travel between Northshore, Hamilton and South Bank, immersing audiences in a glowing world to experience the Brisbane River in a new light.

Brisbane's Art Boat features art and technology studio ENESS’s installations, Sky Castle and Airship Orchestra, a lively bar and performances, including the dynamic art duo, The Huxleys, along with an evening soundscape by Tribal Experiences Managing Director and Yuggera and Turrbal man, Shannon Ruska.

Cruises board from Northshore and South Bank, Thursday - Sunday.

Book Your Cruise

#Immerse yourself in
glowing light

Airship Orchestra

Airship Orchestra

On board 3 - 12 Sept

​This out-of-this-world multi-sensory installation is a mystical tribe of unearthly characters beamed from the night stars. With galaxy-streaked skin and stardust-like voices, they beckon visitors inside...

Sky Castle

Sky Castle

On board 15 - 25 Sept

A magical dreamscape of inflatable arches. This ethereal symphonic work changes colour as visitors move through its luminous arches. Light and music have been specially orchestrated to inspire joy and hope in people as they flow in and out.

#Take a cruise

Sunset and evening cruises are a ticketed experience
– and a must!

Northshore to South Bank Cruise

Thursdays & Saturdays

Return trips available. See a show
at BOQ Festival Garden in between!

Northshore Loop

Fridays & Sundays

Plus a special Saturday cruise on opening weekend.

South Bank Loop

Thursdays & Saturdays

#While you're on board

Enjoy special guest appearances from
Briefs Factory • Emma Dean • Gail Sorronda • Jaguar Jonze • Michelle Xen • Ngaiire • The Huxleys • Tom Thum

#Experience new
contemporary works

Head to major Australian performances in our warehouse theatre at Northshore, Hamilton precinct




Air is slowly emptying from a large transparent inflatable structure, ultimately sealing its inhabitants in preserved isolation.
Epic and intimate, RED illuminates the universal challenge of our survival. Time is running out.

Piano Burning

Piano Burning

A celebration of the reconfiguration of material, the transformation of objects, and the resulting multisensory ‘performance’ that ensues.

#Getting There

Northshore, Hamilton Cruise Departures

All Northshore cruise ticket-holders should meet at the Northshore precinct 30 minutes prior to their departure time.

89 MacArthur Avenue,
Hamilton QLD 4007

South Bank Cruise Departures

All South Bank cruise ticket-holders should meet Brisbane's Art Boat staff at BOQ Festival Garden 30 minutes prior to their departure time.

Located in front of the South Bank Piazza.

Public Transport

Catch the CityCat to the Northshore Hamilton Ferry Stop or catch a bus service. Plan your public transport journey using the Translink Journey Planner.


200 free car parks are available at the Northshore, Hamilton precinct, and both free and paid parking options at South Bank.

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Festival Donors

This project is supported through the Giving Program by Tim Fairfax AC and Gina Fairfax.

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