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Acknowledgement of Country Brisbane Festival expresses its respect for and acknowledgement of the Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of country, including the custodial neighbouring communities on whose land works are created, performed and celebrated by Brisbane Festival. We acknowledge the continuing connection to land, waters and communities. We also pay our respects to Elders, past and emerging. We recognise the integral role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to play in the creative and artistic events and celebration spaces. Brisbane Festival and the Indigenous Advisory Group will meaningfully engage, embrace culture and commit to a progressive future together. River of Light Image by Atmosphere Photography

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CONTENTS

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THANK YOU

2019 SNAPSHOT

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

AUDIENCE

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CASE STUDIES

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GIVING PROGRAM

PARTNERS

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FESTIVAL TEAM

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THANK YOU THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO MEASURE SUCCESS In the following pages you’ll read about ticket

The support our Giving Program receives is also

sales, reviews, attendance and records broken.

a significant contributor to the ongoing success

For me, the success of Brisbane Festival 2019

of the Festival. The Giving Committee, led by

was on Saturday afternoon at Treasury Brisbane

the Honourable Justice Thomas Bradley, is

Arcadia seeing families and partygoers alike all

comprised of some of our city’s most influential

revelling in the sunshine between shows, and

leaders and we are deeply appreciative of their

in the tear-strewn faces of audiences having

great support and generosity.

experienced deeply moving theatre. It was in the rapt expressions of our international artists as they were personally welcomed with local stories by our Indigenous Advisory Group, and in the hot pink glow emanating from Divine and The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent.

A sincere thank you to our Brisbane Festival Board Directors, staff, interns and volunteers for your dedication and hard work. A special mention and tribute to outgoing Chairman of the Board Paul Spiro – your leadership and guidance over the past five years has been

Brisbane Festival is equally proud of the strong legacy we have in improving business outcomes for our Sponsors and Partners. It is no mistake that we have a 98% return rate of Partners year after year. This year, more than ever, we felt the desire of the business community to really create meaningful connections and

transformative to Brisbane Festival. Thank you. I also extend a very warm welcome to our incoming Chair Alison Smith. I look forward to working closely with you and am excited by the opportunities your leadership will present to Brisbane Festival.

build experiences and memories through our

We are only as strong as the relationships

partnerships and this is incredibly exciting.

we maintain; together we are transforming

A Festival without our Partners’ support would

the culture of Brisbane, and we look forward

look very different. It is their commitment that

to continuing to work with you in the future.

enables us to add the extra special glow which makes Brisbane Festival Australia’s premier international arts festival and one that draws

Charlie Cush Chief Executive Officer

people to our unique city.

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$20M $46M I N T. A R T S F E S T I VA L

ECONOMIC IMPACT

OVERALL ATTENDANCE

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PRODUCTIONS

PERFORMANCES

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98

ARTISTS

WORLD PREMIERES

SOLD-OUT PERFORMANCES

20%

$47

31%

SPEND on FREE ART

$4.2M BOX OFFICE

AVERAGE TICKET PRICE

BOX OFFICE INCREASE

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS BEAUTY & BALANCE Not everyone can afford to travel the world, so this year Brisbane Festival brought the world to them. We went on a trip to five continents, with work from Africa, across Europe, USA and Canada, Asia, and of course from throughout Australia. More than that, we travelled to invisible cities and to countries of the heart. And along the way, for the third year in a row, we broke our box office record.

Invisible Cities Image by Atmosphere Photography

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GLOWINGLY GLOBAL Something remarkable happened in the final

SS Mendi: Dancing the Death Drill and St Matthew

week. Invisible Cites and YANG LIPING’S Rite of

Passion were two separate productions from

Spring sat side-by-side, two glorious works from

South Africa’s fabulous Isango Ensemble,

global artists, both reflections of China in a

uncovering hidden African stories and

Western mirror redefining the art of the possible.

perspectives. In their own ways, both shows

They were both Brisbane Festival commissions – we were been part of their very creation – and

reflected on questions of race and colonialism, very pertinent to Australia.

for me they marked the coming of age of the

Stories from Africa and Asia have been

Festival. This year, we truly became a trusted

consistently present in our recent Brisbane

global player, showing ourselves capable of

Festival programs, alongside those from Europe

genuine international leadership. I think that’s

and North America. There’s no doubt our world

important for a burgeoning global city such

is moving from west to east, and from north

as Brisbane.

to south, from people of pasty white to people

Brisbane has never ever seen anything like Invisible Cities. Actually, most of the world hasn’t.

of colour, and we need to be part of that. Brisbane is a gateway city, tuned to the world.

To be in that vast warehouse in Yeerongpilly, enthralled by state-of-the-art projection mapping from 59 Productions and sensational dance from Rambert choreographed by the great Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, was to witness a benchmark moment in performance, and not only for Brisbane. Bryony Kimmings’ I’m a Phoenix, Bitch affected people deeply. This raw and personal work from one of the UK’s most incisive performance artists unlocked questions of motherhood and mental health in a way that spoke to all. The 25-year-old UK jazz genius Jacob Collier was part of our opening weekend, and he ensured that we blasted off in a blaze of musical invention. Those lucky enough to be in the QPAC Concert Hall knew we were witnessing one of the great concerts.

YANG LIPING’S Rite of Spring Image by Atmposphere Photography

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LOVINGLY LOCAL Our international achievements balanced

River of Light, our free light-and-laser spectacle

a significant focus on the distinctively local.

on the river itself, returned for a second inspiring

Local commissions teamed with a celebration

year. Local Aboriginal songman Shannon Ruska

of the river and much-loved city venues.

told a first encounter story that few knew well:

Fangirls was a co-production with Queensland Theatre and Sydney’s Belvoir, in collaboration with the Australian Theatre for Young People, that lifted the roof. This world premiere was a vivacious piece of musical theatre that reached

how Milbong Warrar (Hidden River) became Brisbane River. This was part of a significant elevation of First Nations storytelling in the Festival and showed three times each night to hundreds of thousands of people.

significant new audiences, particularly younger

This year, we also honoured two much-loved

demographics.

Brisbane music venues: Riverstage and The Tivoli.

Steven Oliver’s From Darkness was a

As part of our celebration of Riverstage’s 30th

co-production with La Boite Theatre Company,

birthday, we fielded four exclusive concerts

and part of a long-term relationship with this

across a range of musical genres, on each of

important company. This world premiere was

our Saturday nights. On our opening night, and

a moving family story that shared an aspect

the date of the actual birthday, Hot Dub Time

of Aboriginal spirituality rarely seen on

Machine led a line-up of local bands including

Australian stages.

Cub Sport, Confidence Man, The Last Dinosaurs,

Flamenco Fire: Veinte Años celebrated 20 years of Flamenco Fire, a significant achievement for this Brisbane-based company. It was worth celebrating, so we jumped on board and enabled a first-time collaboration with

and Clea. Brisbane heavy metal heroes The Amity Affliction then headlined an Australian exclusive concert Heaven and Hell, featuring a massive line-up of ten metal bands from the USA, Japan and around Australia.

Brisbane’s Camerata (also a great boon for

Our third Saturday saw Symphony for Me,

them), the engagement of several national

a Brisbane festival invention, move from the

and international guest artists, and a first-time

QPAC Concert Hall to Riverstage for the first

appearance in QPAC’s Concert Hall.

time. This free concert with the Queensland

Briefs: Close Encounters and Brat Kids Carnival were two separate productions from this globetrotting Brisbane company, which enjoyed a first-time season at QPAC. Meanwhile, that

Symphony Orchestra, hosted this year by ABC TV weather presenter Jenny Woodward, paired local personal stories with orchestral music and filled the air with joy.

other globetrotting, Brisbane-born cabaret-

For our closing night, in another Australian

circus outfit Strut & Fret was effervescent

exclusive and with Sunsuper Riverfire as brilliant

in The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent with Blanc de

backdrop, Canada’s City and Colour played

Blanc Encore.

with national and local artists, including The Jezabels, Odette, Didirri, and Asha Jefferies.

Blanc de Blanc Encore Image by Atmposphere Photography

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Our ongoing collaboration with Brisbane’s Tivoli offered a wide variety of work. The Church of House: Groove Terminator, involving a wondrous collaboration with Brisbane’s Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts, was a great opening night event. A screening of the Coen Brothers film No Country for Old Men was accompanied by a live score played by Tropical Fuck Storm. Holy Holy and The Middle East both played sold out gigs, while the much-loved Tivoli-in-the-Round series ran for four nights. Leading Australian comedian Sam Simmons played two nights, while Brisbane’s Regurgitator played their kids’ event, POGOGO SHOW. And we tried for the City Botanic Gardens! But our Fire Gardens project, which would have been a beautiful experience for around 40,000 people, was necessarily cancelled as a result of a total fire ban throughout the city. The ‘local’ stretched beyond Brisbane. Communal Table was commissioned from Townsville-based Dancenorth with eight choreographers from across Australia. This was our fourth time with this ground-breaking contemporary dance company. Occupying a West End warehouse, Communal Table was an inventive mix of food, conversation and dance that offered participants a unique experience of sharing and new insight into how and why we move.

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SPLENDIDLY SOCIAL We have been keen to close the distance between artist and audience. More and more, the world values experiences over products and we’ve tried to be part of that. The public have participated in the creation of lots of our shows, but no matter what we do we try to balance and weave the social with the cultural. As always, there were many shared experiences at our utopian spaces – the Arcadian freedoms at South Bank and the republican liberties at Kelvin Grove. Treasury Brisbane Arcadia had its best-ever year, with a huge program of entertainment, much of it free, framed by its four corners: The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent, River of Light on the river, and our bookending bars, Divine and Voodoo. The wonderful 1000 Doors installation brought smiles to many. Our Theatre Republic site in and around La Boite’s Roundhouse Theatre in Kelvin Grove featured a record 17 works from international, national and local artists exploring potent subject matter across race, colonialism, religion, climate change, gender identity, ancient myth and technological futures. The site itself was a living, breathing work of art, full of experiences that encouraged people to share and dream. Our newer site at King St in Bowen Hills featured Bedtime Stories from The Netherlands (performed on a car park rooftop), The Cold Record from the USA (performed in a bar at Welcome to Bowen Hills), and a collaboration with Brisbane’s Blaklash that yielded the free Connecting with Local Stories (yarns with local Indigenous leaders) and Evening Lights from local Aboriginal visual art Elisa Jane Carmichael. These were all examples of intimate storytelling that emphasised the things that unite us. Theatre Republic Image by Atmosphere Photography

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FABULOUSLY FAMILY Our big family program stretched across many artforms and locations. Many of our big events – River of Light, Sunsuper Riverfire, Symphony for Me – were very family friendly. The puppeteering A Not So Traditional Story told a Tasmania Aboriginal story, while We Live Here from Brisbane’s Flipside Circus took us inside the Hummingbird House hospice. The Courier-Mail Spigeltent was full of family fare. Interestingly, Briefs, Regurgitator and Dan Sultan all offered shows for kids!

Regurgitator’s POGOGO SHOW Image by Lachie Douglas

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A PERSONAL NOTE Now, a more personal note.

I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to double

This Brisbane Festival was my fifth and final. 7,000 artists, 3,000 performances, 30 world premieres and, I hope, a lot of jaws dropping and smiles widening.

our box office over those years, and to make a difference. That’s been because of the dedication of many – Paul Spiro and his dedicated Board, a staff under Charlie Cush that’s the envy of festivals around the world, and the sensational

In David Malouf’s novel Johnno, Dante and

support of government, businesses, donors and,

Johnno are in the Criterion Bar on the corner

of course, snowballing audiences.

of George and Adelaide Streets and forlornly declare that Brisbane is ‘a place where poetry could never occur.’ Well, much proves them wrong – the existence of Malouf himself, of a thousand others, and of the artists who are the heart of this festival.

as Oscar Wilde quipped, “It is only an auctioneer who should admire all schools of art”. But I do know that you were there, with open minds and generous spirits. And for that I am eternally thankful.

Together, we made festivals that have reached more people than ever before, with poetry and pizzazz. Festivals that were both feisty and fun, that challenged and comforted, that were local and global, that encouraged us to look both inwards and outwards.

Nevertheless, I don’t expect you liked everything –

To make an end is to make a beginning. And so begins the work of the wonderful Louise Bezzina, the Festival’s new Artistic Director. I know you will offer her what you have so generously offered me. David Berthold Artistic Director (2015-19)

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AUDIENCE The diverse, multi-artform program of Brisbane Festival attracts a broad spectrum audience covering 10 allMORE socio-economic and life-stages groups. The Festival has a comprehensive understanding of the 9 AFFLUENT target markets for all of its programs and their motivation to attend events. Audience profiles paint a vivid picture8 of entertainment, media and lifestyle behaviours of Festival attendees.

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MARKETING & PR REACH

94K

FACEBOOK LIKES

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INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS

uses of #brisfest

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TWITTER FOLLOWERS

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marketing campaign

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CASE STUDIES

OA KS HO T ELS R E S O R T S AND SUIT ES

ROBERT WALTERS As a new partner in 2018, Robert Walters came

A long-standing partner of Brisbane Festival, Oaks Hotels and Resorts were looking to showcase their Brisbane Festival partnership to their customers. Using the Festival’s 1000 Doors theme for 2019, Oaks created an oversized door mural on the front doors of Oaks Festival Towers building. A clear proof point of their proud partnership with Brisbane Festival. In addition, Oaks created custom designed door hangers for all of their hotel rooms using playful slogans integrating Brisbane Festival’s brand. Using everyday hotel items to leverage their partnership was a simple yet effective way and provided many fun ways to share content via social channels.

to Brisbane Festival searching for a unique hospitality proposition to expand into the arts sector. Brisbane Festival was able to tailor a partnership for Robert Walters that enabled them to host key clients for a night at Festival. A group of 48 guests attended a pre-show cocktail party before moving to The CourierMail Spiegeltent in-booth seating to enjoy a performance of Blanc de Blanc Encore. Guest feedback was overwhelmingly positive. In its second year, this hospitality experience has provided Robert Walters with a fantastic platform to make business connections and has become a key event in their business calendar. In addition, Robert Walters provided Brisbane Festival with valuable in-kind consultation support to help improve recruitment processes and conducted training with key management staff to workshop best practices in recruitment.

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S C R E EN QUEENSLAND A strong supporter of the Arts industry,

Screen Queensland also supported Invisible Cities,

Screen Queensland proudly partnered 2019

Brisbane Festival’s largest ever commissioned

programming River of Light and Invisible Cities.

work which integrated fully immersive projection

For Screen Queensland’s partnership, Brisbane Festival facilitated and invitation-only industry event with a theme of increasing the quality and quantity of First Nations story telling through the art of screen culture. The event included an impressive discussion panel, featuring Brisbane Festival co-creator of River of Light Shannon Ruska. The event was hosted during the day

art with live theatre and dance. As a VIP experience, industry professionals were invited onto the set of Invisible Cities during the day and hosted to a technical tour by the creators of this incredible piece, world-renowned 59 Productions. It was a learning opportunity that would never be rivalled for the very lucky small group who were invited.

inside The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent, a striking and unique venue, and provided a point of difference. Guests were then joined by Shannon Ruska to watch a performance of River of Light – a sharing of First Nations’ stories through a different type of screen – a wall of water

River of Light Image by Atmosphere Photography

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“WOW – Brisbane Festival 2019 was massive. The city w a s a b s o l u t e ly j u m p i n g from the beginning to the end, what a month it was. Many people are referring to it as having the best programming, t h e b e s t p r e c i n c t, t h e best Sunsuper Riverfire, a c t u a l l y, t h e b e s t F e s t i v a l to date. You as a team made it happen and it is a big congratulations to you all and the entire F e s t i v a l F a m i l y. ” BRISBANE MARKETING

Treasury Brisbane Arcadia Image by Atmosphere Photography

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“ T h e e n t i r e t e a m at B r i s b a n e Festival should be proud of what they achieved this year. It was a cracking event and Nine continues to be honoured and delighted to showcase the Sunsuper Riverfire broadcast into homes across Queensland.” Nine Queensland

“Brisbane Festival is a key piece in the what shapes t h e c u lt u r a l i d e n t i t y o f Brisbane. Brisbane Airport Corporation is proud of our partnership and the way t h at w e h av e b e e n able to bring creative experiences throughout September to all those who have travelled to Brisbane and those who call it home.” Brisbane Airport

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GIVING PROGRAM Festival Donors Make it happen The Giving Program enjoyed strong growth this

Giving Committee members spearheaded this

year, surpassing our previous results with 260

year’s fundraising by matching all donations

donors contributing $420,000 in philanthropic

received at two major Giving Program events.

funds, directly supporting this year’s Brisbane

The first was graciously hosted by Board Director

Festival program. The generosity of Festival

and Giving Committee member Simon Morrison

donors was crucial in delivering the following

and his wife Nicole at their beautiful home

programming for Brisbane Festival 2019:

in Sherwood and the other was held in the

Communal Table, Invisible Cities, YANG LIPING’S

magnificent Penthouse at Emporium South Bank.

Rite of Spring, Theatre Republic, and Symphony

It was terrific to set a goal and reach our target –

for Me.

$100,000 was raised on these two evenings in the

Brisbane Festival’s brilliant Giving Committee,

lead up to the end of financial year.

led by the Honourable Justice Thomas Bradley,

Three major gifts in the Community Ambassadors

is at the core of our success. A great milestone

donor category were received from Brisbane

achieved in 2019 is that more than $1million in

Festival Deputy Chair Philip Bacon AM, Tim

philanthropic funds has been raised for Brisbane

Fairfax AC and Giving Committee Member

Festival since the inception of the Giving Program

Paul Taylor. We are extremely grateful to these

four years ago. We are extremely proud of this

philanthropic leaders for such significant

accomplishment and could not have done it

contributions, without which three cornerstone

without the extraordinarily devoted members

productions of Brisbane Festival 2019 (Invisible

of the Giving Committee who rally their networks

Cities, YANG LIPING’S Rite of Spring, Symphony

to ensure key artistic projects are realised.

for Me) would not have been possible.

I would like to personally thank all those

My deep gratitude once again to all of our

big-hearted visionaries who have served as

wonderful Festival donors for ensuring the success

members the Giving Committee over the past

of Brisbane Festival 2019 – it was fantastic to revel

four years: Eliza Baxby, the Honourable Justice

with you throughout September. Together, we can

Thomas Bradley, Heidi Cooper, Regina Cotter,

achieve extraordinary things for Brisbane and the

Peter Hyland, Anna Marsden, Simon Morrison,

cultural landscape of our beautiful city into the

Ben Poschelk, Courtney Talbot, Paul Taylor and

future. I invite you to join us again next year for

Andrew Tynan. We are also incredibly grateful

Brisbane Festival 2020 and back our new Artistic

to Brisbane Festival’s dedicated Board Directors

Director Louise Bezzina to be bold and brave

who support us in so many ways, not least with

in her first Brisbane Festival.

their donations, achieving the important goal of 100% Board Giving each year since the Giving Program was established in 2016.

Remember Festival donors make it happen! Fabienne Cooke Head of Philanthropy

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DONORS TO BRISBANE FESTIVAL SUPPORT THREE CENTRAL AREAS OF PROGRAMMING: ◊◊ Bringing the best international work to Brisbane for exclusive Australian premieres ◊ ◊ Creating opportunities for local artists and companies by commissioning new work ◊ ◊ Ensuring access for all by providing reduced-priced tickets and free events

Symphony for Me Image by Atmosphere Photography

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our DONORS F e s t i va l d o n o r s p l ay a v i ta l r o l e in reinforcing Brisbane’s position a s a c e l e b r at e d c r e at i v e c a p i ta l a n d c u lt u r a l d e s t i n at i o n . Thank you to our generous Festival donors

COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS

for their wonderful support of Brisbane Festival 2019.

Philip Bacon AM Tim Fairfax AC and Gina Fairfax Susan and Paul Taylor

If you would like to become involved with the Giving Program by making a donation to Brisbane Festival, please contact Head of Philanthropy Fabienne Cooke

HIGH COMMISSIONERS

on email fabienne@brisbanefestival.com.au or

Hon Justice Thomas Bradley Professor Ian Frazer AC and Caroline Frazer Andy Greig and Ingrid Asbury Shaun and Sue Kenny Nicole and Simon Morrison Hon Justice Anthe Philippides Courtney Talbot

on +61 7 3833 5400.

THE INTERNATIONALS Eliza and Matthew Baxby BMD Group, Mick Power AM Hon Justice Sue Brown Gayle and Nick Carter Regina and John Cotter Cass and Ian George Fiona and Ben Poschelk Sue Shepherd

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THE COMMISSIONERS

THE INDEPENDENTS

Anonymous Aruga Brian Bartley Louise Bezzina Virginia Bishop Michelle Boyd Bryce Camm and Mark Lightfoot Fabienne and Marshall Cooke Heidi and James Cooper JosÊ and Lucy Coulson Alicia and Charlie Cush Susan Forrester Lachlan and Kimberley Furnell Rhyll Gardner and Rusty Graham Marian Gibney Amanda and Jeff Griffin Cate Heyworth-Smith QC and Ben Duke Valmay Hill and Russell Mitchell Michael Hodge QC and Kim Hodge Ian Klug AM and Jocelyn Klug Dan Law and Phoebe Rouse Alvin Leach Susan Learmonth and Bernard Curran Dr Andrew MacMillian and Catherine MacMillan Russell Mann and Margo McLay Ari and Sarah McCamley Tanya McCarthy and Graham Tanner Amanda Newbery Joseph and Sarah O’Brien James and Prue Pateras Libby and Jared Patrick Fraser Power Queensland Community Foundation Alison Smith Drs Rupert and Penelope Templeman Hon Justice David Thomas and Jane Thomas Prof Mandy Thomas Dr Phillip Vecchio and Marisa Vecchio AM Dr Charlie Willmott and Sarah Willmott Bruce and Jocelyn Wolfe Linda and Tony Young

Anonymous Sonia Anderson Michelle and Victor Borzillo Anne and Stuart Bowman Broadley Rees Hogan Melissa Brown Kate and Rohan Brunello Nanette Carroll Julia and Liam Copley Judith Cush Prue and Harley Dalton Vanessa Edwards Kerry and Greg Gillett goa billboards Nancy and Allan Hartley Cory Heathwood Andrew Hoare Sinead Hourigan Tim and Tina Kent Dr Dan Morgan Todd and Natalie Parolin Rumble Erica Strasser Jenny Usher and Peter Good Judy and David Usher Isabella Vecchio Chanelle and Simon White Ann-Maree Willett

BFFS Penny Behan Lanka Butler-De Silva and Dan Butler Fern and Matthew Dowling Anna Feros and Justin Buchner Marcia Ferreira Greg and Jenny Fokes Leeor Groen Tashoni and Chris Hardy Diane Murphy Dare and Andrea Power Andrew and Craig Templeman Benjamin Tye and Meredith Burke Liz Ward

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“ i r e a l ly f e e l i A M fulfilling a lot of my g o a l s p h i l a n t h o p i c a l ly b y supporting the artS and Seeing brisbane evolve a s a c i t y. ” V I R G I N I A B I S H O P, D O N O R

“ i B E L I E V E S O E M P H A T I C A L LY IN THE VALUE OF THE ARTS. it allows the artistic direction to be much bolder, to put on great shows which would be otherwise unaffordable.” Philip Bacon, DEputy Chair

“We USE IT AS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO CATCH UP WITH GOOD FRIENDS AND SHOWCASE WHAT BRISBANE HAS TO OFFER. IF YOU SIT ON THE FRINGES YOU’ll ENJOY I T, B U T I F Y O U G E T H E A V I LY INVOLVED, YOU’LL GET SO M U C H M O R E O U T O F I T. ” RUSSELL MANN, DONOR

Theatre Republic Image by Atmosphere Photography

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“To see a show get commissioneD, come to life, and then see it perfromed live and see the enjoyment it brings so many people i n t h e c o m m u n i t y, y o u can’t help but want to do more and more every year.” C o u r t n e y ta l b o t, g i v i n g c o m m i t t e e m e m b e r

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PARTNERS Foundation Partners

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council

STAR Partner

Platinum Partner

Gold Partners

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Silver Partners

Bronze Partners

Distinguished Partners

Supporters

Champagne Lanson Urbis

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Festival team ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

David Berthold

Michael Adams Jen Hall Angela Kohler Kitty Malcolm Liana Praekelt Emma Symons Melissa Tickle Zoe White

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Charlie Cush

BOARD DIRECTORS

Paul Spiro Chair Philip Bacon Deputy Chair Cory Heathwood Ian Klug AM Simon Morrison Amanda Newbery Mick Power AM Alison Smith Professor Mandy Thomas Chris Tyquin

FINANCE

Rebecca Drummond Finance Director / Company Secretary Lorelle Edwards Finance Assistant

ADMINISTRATION

PROGRAMMING

Kate Fell Program Director Margie Bowen Assistant Logistics Manager Damien Cassidy Producer Sarah Farnsworth Program Administrator Tara Hobbs Producer Caitlin Hultgren Associate Producer Alyssa Kielty Producer Loki Liddle Program Intern Fiona MacDonald Producer Brent McCammon Resource Coordinator Skye Murphy Logistics Manager Kathryn Richards Logistic Administrator Giannina Periz Senior Producer Brodie Shelley Program Intern Stu Syme Ground Transport Coordinator Stephanie Suess Associate Producer Leah Tilney Associate Producer Chris Twite Contemporary Music Programmer Alycia Warner Associate Producer

TECHNICAL

Tim Pack Lew Bromley Michael Gill Vashti Greder Katie Hurst Caitlyn Kidney Charlotte Kirby Freddy Komp Louisa Lachi Amy McKenzie Dale Norris Michael Richardson Bethany Scott Jason Waide Donovan Wagner

Technical Director Operations Manager Technical Coordinator Site Design Coordinator & Signage Coordinator Technical Manager Technical Coordinator Technical Manager Technical Manager Technical Administrator and Coordinator Site Design Manager Operations Coordinator Senior Technical Manager Technical Coordinator Technical Manager Technical Coordinator

Business Development Director Corporate Events Manager Sponsorship Manager Sponsorship and Events Coordinator

PHILANTHROPY Fabienne Cooke Jenny Usher

Julia Herne Isabela Alcantara Marcia Ferreira Zachary Reimers Kaya Tominaga

Head of Business Administration Administration Intern Administration Coordinator Volunteers Coordinator Administration Intern

CREATIVE DESIGN Amy McKenzie Sarah Winter

Treasury Brisbane Arcadia Threatre Republic

DESIGN AGENCY

Sean Dowling Design Sean Dowling Creative Director Doris Lakin Junior Designer Craig Wilkinson Video Designer Frankie Young Senior Designer

PUBLICITY Aruga Heapsaflash

FESTIVAL PHOTOGRAPHER Atmosphere Photography

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Danica Bennett Kirsty Adams Dana Brown Bridget Vos

Marketing and Communications Director Brand and Content Manager Marketing Manager Ticketing Manager Marketing Coordinator Social Media Specialist Marketing Executive Digital Marketing Manager

Head of Philanthropy Philanthropy Coordinator

INDIGENOUS ADVISORY GROUP Michelle Tuahine Chair Raelene Baker Elder Bob Weatherall Elder Bridget Garay

GIVING COMMITTEE

The Hon Justice Thomas Bradley Chair Eliza Baxby Heidi Cooper Simon Morrison Ben Poschelk Courtney Talbot Paul Taylor

CONTACT DETAILS

Brisbane Festival Level 2, 381 Brunswick Street, PO Box 384 Fortitude Valley, Queensland, 4006 Phone 07 3833 5400 Email brisbanefestival@brisbanefestival.com.au Online brisbanefestival.com.au twitter.com/BrisFestival instagram.com/brisbanefestival facebook.com/BrisbaneFestival

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THANK YOU FOR REVELLING WITH US! BRISBANE FESTIVAL 2020 4 – 26 SEPTEMBER

Riverstage Birthday Bash Image by Atmosphere Photography

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Brisbane Festival In Review 2019  

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