The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) invites families from around Australia to its Out of the Box festival for children eight years and under to be held at QPAC and across the Cultural Precinct and South Bank, Brisbane from 21-28 June 2016.
Families with young children won’t want to miss this popular biennial children’s event which includes extended hours from the weekend, Saturday 25 June up to Tuesday 28 June, to ensure everyone has the chance to attend.
Out of the Box has been curated by QPAC for 24 years and is the only arts festival in Australia dedicated to children eight and under and one of only a few in the world. It’s also the nation’s largest early childhood arts festival with more than 103,000 participants in the 2014 Festival.
QPAC Chief Executive John Kotzas said Out of the Box demonstrates world’s best practice in arts learning experiences, creatively engaging children eight years and under, and acknowledges that children are important participants and creators of art.
“Out of the Box encapsulates what it is to learn in and through the arts via a broad program of the best quality internationally and nationally produced children’s events across various art forms. In 2016, the program features 17 world premieres, two Australian premieres, and 18 works specifically commissioned by QPAC,” he said.
Out of the Box Festival Director Brett Howe encouraged families planning a visit to the Sunshine State for the June school holidays to take advantage of 2016 being a year that this popular biennial event will be on offer.
“Out of the Box presents performances, events, activities and ideas specifically curated for children eight years and under and offers eight days of fun, exploring, learning and entertainment”, said Mr Howe.
“Our 2016 Festival program reflects Australia’s multi-cultural society and in particular our connection with Asia Pacific cultures. A feature will be Indian cultures, customs and art forms in the program elements of Holi Throw, Rangoli Welcome Mats,Bollywood Dance and a delightful production called Hanuman: The Tale Behind the Name.
“The overall connecting theme of the 2016 Festival is Shining Light into Dark Places, fostering exploration and discovery. The program delivers six different theatre productions, 18 workshops, and 18 free activities; comprising 11 exhibitions/films/activities and seven free workshops.
“In QPAC’s Lyric Theatre we will host an exciting new digital and physical theatre showCreature: An Adaptation of Dot and the Kangaroo by Stalker Theatre Company, based on the children’s story Dot and the Kangaroo.
“Direct from Broadway in QPAC’s Concert Hall will be the Australian premiere ofGazillion Bubble Show, one of the world’s greatest family shows, already seen by more than 22 million people internationally”, said Mr Howe.
Other program highlights will be Little Big Shots, an international short film festival specifically curated for kids, which will see QPAC’s Melbourne Street Green transform to a ‘Drive-in Cinema’ with kids seated in custom made cars, Snow 4 Kids in The Courier-Mail Piazza, South Bank, and a sensory filled production called Rain: For Babies and Carers.
A first for Out of the Box in 2016 will be an extension of opening hours into the evening from the weekend of the Festival, Saturday 25 June continuing to Tuesday 28 June, when audiences can enjoy performances and special events such as Dad’s Films, featuring four childhood favourite films nominated by fathers.
Out of the Box festival for children eight years and under
When: Tuesday 21 June to Tuesday 28 June 2016
Where: QPAC and across the Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane
Tickets: Refer to www.outoftheboxfestival.com.au for current pricing
PROGRAM AND DETAILS: www.outoftheboxfestival.com.au
For a high resolution general 2014 Out of the Box Festival images please click here or click here Photos to be credited to Darren Thomas. To access 2016 Out of the Box high resolution images, event information and video footage please click here
For further information or interviews please contact: Cindy Ullrich, Publicity Manager QPAC phone +61 7 3840 7589, mobile 0434 366 038 or email[email protected]