Brisbane Festival 2020 line-up revealed

Celebrate Queensland’s capital this month

Brisbane will come alive with captivating arts experiences when Brisbane Festival returns with a new and innovative program this month.

Brisbane Festival Artistic Director Louise Bezzina said her debut “Boldly Brisbane” program had been meticulously curated to bring personal and human connection back to everyday life.

“The past months have been challenging for many of us and now, more than ever, Brisbane needs hope, inspiration and celebration” Ms Bezzina said.

“Programming this year’s Festival was a bumpy ride but one that allowed us to stretch our imagination, redefine the expectations and experiences of an international arts festival and really shine a light on the rich seam of exceptional talent running through this city and this state.

“Brisbane is home to incredible artists and Brisbane Festival is thrilled to have the opportunity to employ the largest number of Queensland artists in our history to help deliver a Boldly Brisbane Festival that will revitalise and uplift our city.

“I cannot wait to bring the unexpected and the delightful to Brisbane with a line-up unlike any presented before.”

The festival will feature 490 performances across 91 events, 73 of which are free, that aim to bring joy and hope to every corner of the city.

Program highlights include opening event Jumoo, a city-wide smoking ceremony and Sunsuper Night Sky, a new city-wide laser, light and sound show.

Audiences will also enjoy 28 new works commissioned specifically for this year’s festival, with key performances at South Bank, Brisbane Powerhouse and Metro Arts’ new home at West Village, West End. 

“Brisbane Festival will employ the largest number of Queensland artists in our history to help deliver a truly local festival that will revitalise and uplift our city,” Ms Bezzina said.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said she was looking forward to a very special Brisbane Festival.

“Brisbane Festival is full of innovative and exciting productions that will lift our spirits and see local artists connect with audiences once again through COVID-safe arts experiences,” Ms Enoch said.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s investment in Brisbane Festival will continue to drive our plan for economic recovery as well as support the arts and creative sector.

“This year, we are also investing in the exciting new Working Title program, supporting 10 Queensland creative teams to develop and present new performance works for the festival.”

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