26 July – 8 August 2018

Through the Stars is a unique portraiture exhibition presented in collaboration with Empire Revival (formerly known as the Paddington Antique Centre), where both the art and the furniture will be for sale.

Through the Stars aims to celebrate life’s authentic relationships by visually portraying the fault in our perception of digital relationships with celebrity figures.

The artworks spotlight the developments in digital, social and reality media, which have created a direct channel for users to engage with celebrity personas.

Artists’ @MCRT.Studio

White Canvas, 6 Byres St, Newstead.

A salty tale that inspires a new generation…

Award-winning Gold Coast author, Benjamin Allmon and Bundjalung-Yugambeh canoe maker, Kyle Slabb have collaborated with renowned photographer David Kelly and former ABC producer and filmmaker Jeff Licence to document their epic 70km three-day sea journey that follows an ancient First Nations maritime trade route in traditional canoes. This treacherous sea voyage has connected the Goories or Saltwater People across the water from the Gold Coast to North Stradbroke Island for thousands of years.

The Saltwater Story documents Benjamin’s passage into a piece of First Nations culture that is rarely offered to someone outside of the Bundjalung/Yugambeh people. This voyage with Kyle and his family has resulted in a stunning documentary, a beautiful coffee table book, and an exhibition that launched in May at HOTA, Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast.

The inclusion of a unique group of young Bundjalung, Yugambeh and Quandamooka men in this project provides viewers with a rare insight into a rite of passage for the next generation. The result is a story of connection, collaboration and cooperation – not just between the Bundjalung-Yugambeh people and the Quandamooka people, but between generations, between black and white, between land, sky and sea. It is also a story of continuance – of ancient knowledge now held by just a few being passed to the elders of tomorrow.

A Voyage of Discovery

Producer and writer, Benjamin Allmon says: ‘This project has been the last four years of my life. Not long after becoming a Dad I realised that if my son asked me one day about the Indigenous history of the Gold Coast, I wouldn’t know what to say. So, I decided to find out. The book starts with this realisation, and goes from there, through years of research, to meeting Kyle, to making the traditional canoes together and then paddling them together. 

It follows how personally difficult reconciling the two cultures within a project is… and ultimately how rewarding. I am immensely proud that we made the canoes, and that I got to paddle the three-day journey alongside the next generation of Saltwater men… I am deeply and permanently changed by the experience, and I now have a story to tell my son – The Saltwater Story.’

The story tells of three brothers who arrived by sea in a canoe, establishing fresh water sites, tribal laws, bora rings and traditional knowledge for generations to come.

The Saltwater Story is a true collaboration utilising First Nations locations, government assistance and collaborators from across Australia to engage both the non-First Nation and First Nation communities to ensure this knowledge is transmitted to the next generation.

The book, e-book and DVD can be purchased at: http://www.benjaminallmon.com/product/the-saltwater-story/

Keep an eye out for future screenings of The Saltwater Story later in the year.

An Interview with Jandamarra Cadd

An interview with Jandamarra Cadd

Jandamarra Cadd is a Sunshine Coast artist whose stunning portraits provide a moving message of unity, where Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians walk together, healing the wounds of the past.

Jandamarra has been a finalist in many major Australian art prizes, including the Archibald Prize in 2014. He is also an inspirational speaker who works closely with young Indigenous youth.

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5 to 8 July 2018

Air Play also plays at Out of the Box Festival from 26 June to 1 July 2018. Our new Day Pass gives you access to the entire Festival program, which means a whole day of discovery. Find out more here.

Direct from New York, Air Play merges circus and street theatre performance art with sculptural artistry.

Ride the wind and dream with Air Play, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.

Air Play is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal world, transforming ordinary objects into uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk forever alters their future.

★★★★ “A joy from start to finish, Air Play will entrance children, and will act as a great reset button for stressed adults.” Sydney Morning Herald


    Recommended for 3 years of age and older. Children 2 years and over will require a paid ticket.


    QTIX is the official ticketing service for QPAC and Air Play. Selected packages are sold through authorised resellers only. Any tickets purchased through unauthorised sales channels may be seized or cancelled without refund or exchange and the bearer of the ticket may be denied admission. Unauthorised sales channels include Viagogo, eBay and Gumtree. Read more about purchasing tickets online.

Presented by QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival
An Acrobuffos Production


Artists celebrate Australia’s landscape from Centre to Sea

Artists Yanni van Zijl and Trevor Purvis have combined their unique talents to exhibit a body of art work derived from their shared passion for the extremes of this vast country with the Centre to Sea exhibition these Easter holidays.

From the soft, gentle beauty of the seashore, through verdant forests to the harsh, unforgiving plains and deserts this exhibition takes you on an immersive art adventure through the Australian landscape.

The free exhibit will be on display at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens Arts and Ecology Centre from April 5-15 from 10am-2pm, with a formal launch on Saturday April 7 from 2-4pm.

Children on the Sunshine Coast can also hear from these artists and be inspired as they share their travels and creative observations, as well as   have the opportunity to play with colour and texture, in both 2D and 3D, contributing to daily artworks

The children’s Art Adventure exploring the Centre to Sea exhibition will be held daily from   April 6-8 and again on   April 12-14 from 10am- 2pm. The adventure is free of charge and no registrations are required.

Families looking to explore the arts and ecology of the gardens can also discover art installations within the native bushland, or visit the interactive Whipbird Walk, nature-based playground.

Visit council’s website for more information about upcoming activities, events and exhibitions at council’s environment reserves.

Countdown to the Woodford Folk Festival

With less than a week before the start of the 32nd annual Woodford Folk Festival, the transformation of the site, one hour’s drive north of Brisbane, from lush parkland to Australia’s 67th largest town is almost complete.

This year, over 400 artists, speakers and performers, over 200 food and craft stalls, 220 visual arts workshops and 2,700 volunteers will join thousands of ticketholders to call Woodfordia, as the 500-acre festival site is known, home.

In Tent City, the temporary accommodation hub for campers without their own tent, close to 1,000 tents are standing and there’s room in nine other campgrounds for plenty more.

Following their biggest ever attendance at the 2016/17 event, the organisers behind Australia’s largest gathering of performers made the decision to cap numbers to this year’s event in order to preserve the atmosphere and comfort level of patrons.

To further improve/enhance the festival experience, a state of the art shade structure has been installed on parts of the main thoroughfare on which the Parlour Venue sits, along with entry to the Sacred Labyrinth, Chill Hill as well as numerous stalls.

Woodford Folk Festival General Manager Amanda Jackes says while 120, 000 trees have been planted on site over the years, organisers haven’t been able to provide enough shade for patrons on the streets of the festival proper until now.

“This year we’re working with Cave Urban to trial an installation which we hope will be rolled out on other streets in further years,” she says.

“We hope it will be great respite from the sun for some lazy shopping and dashing between venues to follow your new favourite festival performer.”

Another exciting addition to the Woodford Folk Festival site this year is the introduction of Chill Hill, a new chill out space located on the hill at the start of the road to the Amphitheatre, marked by a distinctive Hammock Hut.

The Hammock Hut is a bamboo shade structure 10 metres high, 20 metres long and between 8 and 12 metres wide, draped in hammocks and decked out with all the cushions and comfort patrons need to relax during the six day event.

These new initiatives will no doubt be welcomed by ticket holders, 70% of whom, according to the latest survey data, have visited the festival before.

Following feedback from patrons at last year’s event, the RFID payment system will return this year free of charge for purchases at the festival’s 35 bars as well as at food and merchandise stalls, the Festival Shop and the General Store.

The reusable cup system is another initiative from the 2016/17 Woodford Folk Festival which will carry over this year at not cost to patrons, preventing more than 250,000 cups from entering landfill.

Deputy General Manager Michael Peterson says reusing cups is the one of the most sustainable ways our patrons can help to minimise our impact on the environment.

“Woodfordians are some of the most eco-conscious festival patrons around”, he says.

“We’ve found they’re always willing to contribute in new ways to deepening the festival experience.”

Several other changes to the way organisers deliver the event were unveiled earlier this year, with the sale of all tickets only available online and the introduction of a vehicle pass.

The 2017/18 Woodford Folk Festival runs between 27 December and 1 January.

The full 2017/18 Woodford Folk Festival programme is available online here.

The Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, is proud to support the Woodford Folk Festival as part of the It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar, highlighting Australia’s best events in spectacular destinations.


For media enquiries contact:
Jasmin Midgley, Media and Promotions Manager

Now in its 32nd year, the Woodford Folk Festival has become known around Australia and internationally as a leader in contemporary and traditional arts programming.

The Woodford Folk Festival plays host to an aggregate audience of 132,000 at a dedicated 500-acre festival site known as Woodfordia, one hour’s drive north of Brisbane. Held every year between 27 December and 1 January, the 6-day festival is Australia’s largest gathering of performers and presenters.

Nothing will be priced over $100, with all proceeds going to the artists.

See you Saturday!

October 28 2017

10 Station Street
Pomona, Queensland
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We book some of the most incredible artists around, not based on mainstream popularity, but the quality of their work that we know will be loved by our audience of music lovers. 
The idea came about after discovering many bands in Brisbane’s underground music scene that were repeatedly blowing minds and realising that the best music around isn’t limited to what we are exposed to on a daily basis. You’ll find stuff that moves you like nothing else if you’re prepared to look.



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