QUT’s Gardens Point campus will open its doors to buskers, market and food stalls, and cultural performances from March 21 as part of Riverside at the Gardens QUT Infusion Market.
The market will connect the existing Riverside at the Gardens Market to QUT via a pathway from the City Botanic Gardens to the unviersity’s Main Drive and feature a culinary line-up including fresh food, Italian, Indian, burgers and native Australian ingredients.
The market will be an addition to QUT’s current weekend activities, including tours of Old Government House, William Robinson Art Gallery, QUT Art Museum and The Cube.
Students will be invited to take part in operating their own stalls and Indigenous performers and artists will take perform each Sunday. The markets will feature buskers and live entertainment and will run from 8am to 3pm every Sunday with more than 50 stallholders registering attendance from launch day.
Launch day of March 21 is Harmony Day and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander company Creative Nations will perform at the opening ceremony alongside a Welcome to Country, a Smoking Ceremony, and a visit from QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil.
Professor Sheil said the markets would inject colour and entertainment into the QUT Precinct.
“Many of our facilities are open during the weekend including Old Government House and the William Robinson Art Gallery, the QUT Art Museum, The Cube and our heated pool and fitness centre so the markets are a natural progression to welcome people here,” Professor Sheil said.
“QUT is also a significant Indigenous location as a place of learning and teaching and so we look forward to welcoming Indigenous and cultural performances here.”
Market director and Eat Street co-founder Peter Hackworth said the event was able to grow thanks to support from the public and stallholders.
“We really think this is going to be an amazing market and what we have lined up goes beyond what you will expect,” Ms Hackworth said. “We hope that once the Riverside QUT Infusion Market is established it will become a Brisbane staple and a tourist attraction, especially with the Queen’s Wharf development opening right across the road.”
Artist Neils van Amsterdam will sell her wares which includes working with leather, recycled rubber and hand-made papers., while Yuwaalaraay and Kooma Woman Dale Chapman will sell her small batches of food and condiments from native Australian ingredients through My Dilly Bag.
Other stalls include Linda Norton’s one-of-a-kind jewellery designs, Katie Warrener’s quick drying “sand-free” beach towels for her Amity Blue label, and Jordie McLeish’s antique cutlery and coins.