Sought-after international productions will share the spotlight with some of Queensland’s most talented performers at an unmissable Brisbane Festival this September.
Speaking at the 2019 program launch today Arts Minister Leeanne Enoch said Brisbane Festival was one of Australia’s premiere arts events and contributed enormously to the state’s economy.
“Brisbane Festival 2019 is set to be a show stopping three weeks, featuring 84 works, including five world premieres and 12 Australian premieres,” Ms Enoch said.
“Last year’s festival smashed box office records, with more than one million people injecting over $38 million into Queensland’s economy.
“Each year the Brisbane Festival gives us a chance to tell the stories of our city and our state, while bringing the stories of the world to our shores.
“A major highlight will be the landmark international production Invisible Cities, a vast and ambitious production by some of the world’s best arts practitioners, coming to the festival directly after its world premiere at Manchester International Festival.
“Not only is this multi-artform production set to captivate audiences with its artistry and scale, it offers exciting opportunities for local artists to collaborate with global leaders in their fields through a professional development program.
“Other program highlights include dynamic Queensland productions such as Communal Table by Dancenorth, You and I by circus sensations Casus, and Eurovision star Kate Miller-Heidke in concert. There are also major international works, Rite of Spring by Yang Liping Contemporary Dance and two productions from lauded South African theatre company Isango Ensemble.”
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones welcomed the ambitious program schedule for 2019.
“The Brisbane Festival generates significant benefit for Queensland’s economy and we expect this year’s program will see that boost grow,” Ms Jones said.
“There’s a buzz around Brisbane with new hotels and increasing recognition of the city’s culinary experiences which, together with an entertaining Brisbane Festival program, will attract visitors from outside of the region and support local jobs.
“In a first for the event, thanks to support from the Queensland Government, this year’s festival will feature ‘Invisible Cities’ – a spectacle of theatre, choreography, music, architectural design and projection mappings.
“The event is a feature on the state’s It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar which is worth $800 million to Queensland’s economy in 2019.”
Brisbane Festival Artistic Director David Berthold said this year’s event was the most adventurous program to date.
“The festival has matured enormously in recent years, and we thought the time had come to shift the goalposts,” Mr Berthold said.
“Within our overarching themes of Revels, Revelations and Romances are huge productions that reveal microscopic insights into the world, and small shows that pose some of life’s biggest questions.
“Love and light stream through the festival this year, and I invite everyone to join in the revelry, revelation and romance this September.”