Sunsuper Riverfire returned to light up Brisbane’s spring skies last Saturday night, dazzling spectators throughout the city and many more watching live at home, in a fitting finale to Brisbane Festival 2021.

Brisbane Festival overcame the spectre of COVID-19 to successfully deliver a Brightly Brisbane program from 3 to 25 September 2021 that celebrated the city and shone a spotlight on its ability to attract and create phenomenal talent. 

Brisbane Festival Artistic Director Louise Bezzina said the free pyrotechnic spectacular was a joyous and uplifting end to the hugely successful 23-day event. “Brisbane Festival is a celebration of everything we love about Brisbane so I was delighted that we could bring the city together – in person and in spirit – to enjoy Sunsuper Riverfire which is a wonderful community celebration,” Ms Bezzina said.

The Festival commissioned 17 brand-new works, hosted 16 world premieres and programmed 16 First Nations-led productions. More than 1100 local artists and art workers were employed throughout the Festival, including 155 First Nations artists.

Brisbane Festival CEO Charlie Cush thanked the city for embracing the spectacular display and said its ongoing support was an exceptional show of trust and confidence in Brisbane Festival. “Brisbane Festival was the much-needed celebration residents and visitors were craving after a tumultuous 18 months and I am so pleased we could share with them a Brightly Brisbane Festival where more than 70 per cent of the program was free.”

Brisbane Festival celebrated a roll call of smash-hit performances and shows in 2021, including a powerhouse concert from Kate Miller-Heidke, the many cruises of Brisbane’s Art Boat, the feelgood family hits Auntie’s Fiafia Night and Common People Dance Eisteddfod and audience hits Demolition and Ishmael proving sell-out sensations. Brisbane Festival returns to fill the city with art, music, and joy from 2 – 24 September 2022.

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