Bringing rain, snow and kids’ bright ideas to Brisbane
SOME of the wildest weather in Brisbane this year didn't dampen the results for Queensland Performing Arts Centre's (QPAC's) 2016 Out of the Box festival for children eight years and under held from 21 to 28 June.
"There were more than 115,000 attendances at the 2016 Out of the Box. Children teachers, parents and caregivers enjoyed ticketed and free performances, activities and exhibitions from the Festival base at QPAC through to the South Bank Parklands and across the Cultural Precinct, including the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, State Library of Queensland and Queensland Museum. This is a ten per cent increase on the 2014 festival which was attended by 103,230," said Mr Cunningham.
Across a total of seven productions, 21 workshops, and 23 free events, the 2016 Festival program reflected the diverse multi-cultural community we live in including our rich Indigenous, Asia and Pacific cultures.
"Out of the Box delivered 18 new commissions, which opened as world premieres including Stalker Theatre Production's Creature: An Adaptation of Dot and the Kangaroo, Queensland Ballet's Little Red Riding Hood and Imaginary Theatre Production's "This festival continues QPAC's legacy to provide the best in arts experiences especially programmed for children at a key period in their development from zero to eight; teaching them understanding and empathy for the depth of diversity in Australian communities, encouraging creative learning and exploration of imagination and helping develop creative and resilient future citizens," said Mr Cunningham.
Out of the Box 2016 fulfilled its legacy as one of the most magical places for children to play, create, explore, think, learn and have fun, as well as introducing young children to the arts as audience members and participants," the Premier said.
The Premier said the Queensland Government has supported Out of the Box since the first festival in 1992.
"In addition, Out of the Box facilitated an international cultural exchange with children, teachers and artists in Hubei, China and across Queensland to produce an exhibition of 200 children's artworks entitled One Sun, One World, Many Dreams.
Curated by QPAC for 24 years and supported by the Queensland Government since the first festival, Out of the Box is the only arts festival in Australia dedicated to children 8 and under and one of only a few in the world.
The Festival is also supported by Brisbane City Council including Brisbane Marketing and South Bank Corporation, QUT, TransLink, State Library of Queensland, Queensland Museum and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.
This year through corporate partnerships and fundraising initiatives the Festival also received almost $1 million in cash and in-kind support from organisations such as C&K Association, Playgroup Queensland, Aurecon, Brisbane's Child, Hyundai, JCDecaux, Lendlease, News Limited, National Storage, Neals Event Hire, Paiste/Yamaha, Palms for Brisbane, The Print Office (TPO) and 612 ABC Brisbane. A first in the Festival's history was securing the financial support of a major benefactor; YFG Shopping Centres.
The 2016 festival also introduced a philanthropy program 'Circle of Influence', bringing together members of influence in the community with a shared passion for QPAC, to provide enriched educational experiences and empower the lives of children.
Their commitment along with QPAC's Circle of Influence will underpin the delivery of many programs which will see Out of the Box working with communities both in South East Queensland and around the State over the next two years in the lead up to the next Festival at QPAC.