Brisbane Festival September line-up announced

Freeze Frame

Image credit: Douglas Kirkland

Brisbane Festival last night released the full details of its stunning program, which will run for 22 days from 7 to 28 September 2013, and announced tickets will go on sale on Monday 17 June.

More than one million festival-­‐goers, artists, dancers, musicians, actors and acrobats will bring the streets of Brisbane alive with huge free public events as well as 85 productions and exhibitions, 450 performances, five world premieres and 10 Australian premieres.

Work will come from the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Iceland, Ireland, China, Timor-­‐Leste, Chile and across Australia, and highlight the trials and triumphs of street life in all corners of the globe.

From the streets of Los Angeles, the Festival’s explosive headline show Freeze Frame will fuse dance, music and theatre in a world premiere season at QPAC by director, writer and three-­‐time Emmy award-­‐winning choreographer Debbie Allen.

From Australia, two visual arts projects will continue the street theme. Body Language will exhibit art on plaster torsos at QPAC juxtaposed with Freeze Frame, while a giant surprise from a famous street artist will take Brisbane by storm.

Global sensation Circolumbia will also bring the hottest Latin American street circus artists to Brisbane to star in Urban at The Courier-­‐Mail Piazza at South Bank.

Brisbane Festival Artistic Director Noel Staunton said the 2013 program would hold a mirror up to the world.

“We live in challenging times, especially the young people of the world whose issues often transcend nationality and language, yet there is a sense of optimism, positivity, creativity and energy, and Brisbane Festival wants to reflect this,” Mr Staunton said.

South Bank will become the beating heart of Brisbane Festival again in September with morphing, glowing light installations joining the bars, venues, stages and food stalls stretching from the Wheel of Brisbane to the Victoria Bridge.

Free activities, including a spectacular new Santos GLNG City of Lights laser light show featuring live performers, will draw crowds every night, while Sunsuper Riverfire will bring the festivities to an end in a glittering finale on 28 September.

“Events like Brisbane Festival have helped make Queensland one of the nation’s most dynamic cultural centres,” Mr Newman said.
“It is testimony to Brisbane Festival’s growing reputation that year after year it attracts such high calibre theatre, dance and musical performances from around the world.

“The Queensland Government is also a proud supporter of Brisbane Festival with an annual investment of $5.29 million through Arts Queensland, and additional support from Tourism and Events Queensland for Santos GLNG City of Lights.”