Roving performance theatre event Anywhere Festival returns May 2019 with more than 400 performances in the nooks and crannies of Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Noosa.
Audiences will find shows in weird and wonderful locations this May including aviation and maritime museums, backyards, heritage homes, buses, light houses, nurseries, parks and everything in between. Featuring theatre, drama, comedy, circus, dance, immersive experiences, music, poetry and family friendly performance, there really is nothing like an Anywhere show. Founder and Artistic Director of Anywhere Festival Paul Osuch said audiences can experience the festival nearly anywhere. “With Anywhere Festival you can experience an everyday or an extraordinary place in a completely new way whilst seeing the best of independent performance. It’s a night out with a ‘difference’ not just seeing a ‘show at the theatre’,” he said.
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said Anywhere Festival was one of Queensland’s most vibrant and innovative arts initiatives that activates new creative spaces, to deliver rich and accessible arts experiences to more Queenslanders. “The festival champions collaboration, fosters strong and cohesive communities, supports emerging arts practitioners, and partners with local businesses to provide theatre that engages audiences and helps us tell our uniquely Queensland stories.”
The festival has been wowing audiences young and old since the first festival in Brisbane in May 2011 and quickly became one of the exciting annual events in Brisbane, according to Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor Graham Quick. “In its ninth year, Anywhere Festival continues to be the biggest performance festival of Brisbane-based independent performers,” he said.
Acts this year include: Amelia Anonymous a technology immersive work which explores the mind of someone who only wants to be understood, hosted in Fortitude Valley, Bea in the Basement a tale of friendship, resilience and forgiveness hosted in Maroochydore and Mt Ommaney, Join Dream Girl in Fortitude Valley as she learns that her identity and the shape of her body don’t have to be the same thing, and Fairy Bread Provided, an all age’s theatre experience in Tanawha.
There are plenty of shows for the comedy lovers like, In Flight Entertainment, a high altitude musical cabaret taking you behind the scenes into the turbulent lives of an aviation crew, taking place in an aircraft hangar at Caloundra Air Museum. Tim Ross uses his trademark wit to ask us to rediscover these ubiquitous, everyday objects of Australian design through previously untold stories, personal anecdotes and design narratives, revealing how our unique design histories have helped shape our national identity in Design Nation Live. The Smooth End of the Pineapple is reminiscent of Monty Python or the Goons – unhinged sketches performed by unhinged minds
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