Summer sizzles at the Cultural Centre

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The Queensland Cultural Centre is heating up for a summer holiday season of arts and cultural adventure with a sizzling program of exhibitions, performances and activities.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch encouraged Queenslanders to ignite their passion for discovery at the Queensland Cultural Centre over the summer holiday season in a mix of free and ticketed events.

“The Cultural Centre is one of Queensland’s most popular destinations, attracting 7 million visits in 2017-18, and is the place to go for summer fun,” Minister Enoch said.

“I invite Queenslanders to celebrate the festive season with a visit to the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) State Library of Queensland, Queensland Museum and Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) who together make the Cultural Centre their home.”

Minister Enoch said the Christmas spirit was alive at QPAC with the Queensland Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker (14 – 22 December), a brand-new theatre production of A Christmas Carol from shake and stir theatre co at QPAC (7 to 20 December), A Very Kransky Christmas (18 to 22 December) and QPAC’s popular annual Spirit of Christmas (21 to 22 December).

“Young readers will enjoy the stage production of The 91-Storey Treehouse (23 to 27 January 2019) based on the best-selling books by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, while audiences of all ages are set to be thrilled by The Illusionists: Direct From Broadway, also part of the Summer at QPAC program (7 December 2018 to 27 January 2019),” she said.

“Families will also love the fun assortment of free activities at the State Library during this year’s Summer Festival, with opportunities to write, share and publish stories, or play together making cardboard castles in The Corner.

“Plus, State Library’s popular Story Lab program is back this year, offering a range of stimulating workshops — led by professionals — to inspire creativity and develop skills in an enjoyable environment.”

The Minister invited Queenslanders to enjoy newly-opened spaces at Queensland Museum along with new exhibitions.

“Queensland Museum’s new SparkLab Sciencentre and Anzac Legacy Gallery both opened this year and are already proving to be popular,” she said.

“Sparklab is connecting people with the wonders of science while the Anzac Legacy Gallery portrays the impact of the First World War and its legacies in Queensland.”

“State Library of Queensland’s Home: suburban obsession (7 December 2018 – 14 July 2019) explores the social, historical and cultural foundations of our homes and helps to reveal new layers of Queensland’s cultural history,” she said.

The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art showing across both the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art until 28 April, 2019 offers audiences of all ages a free, exhibition of artworks by more than 80 artists, collectives and groups from more than 30 countries.

“APT9 is a compelling journey of stories and visual experiences from across the Asia Pacific. It’s an outstanding contemporary art event of international significance, right here in Queensland,” Minister Enoch said.

“The APT9 all-ages Summer Festival from 18-20 January 2019 will include artist workshops, performances, tours, films and storytelling and a special one-night only edition of Up Late with live music.”

“Regional and remote Queensland audiences can experience APT9 Kids on Tour, artist-developed activities and interactives touring to more than 100 venues throughout Queensland and the Torres Strait.”

For more information:





Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

Arts Queensland :
Level 16, 111 George Street, Brisbane QLD 4000, Brisbane
07 3224 4896
1800 175 531
Arts Queensland
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