Pecha Kucha visited the Brisbane Powerhouse again last night, with 11 speakers presenting loads of neat ideas. For those not familiar with Pecha Kucha, it is an event where designers, artists, architects, or other creative people are given 20 seconds per slide to present 20 slides on their designs, thoughts or ideas. Each speaker gets 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame.
There were quite a few thought-provoking ideas that came out of last night’s event (Volume 24) but one speaker that I particularly enjoyed was Yen Trinh. It became apparent that Yen’s name is very fitting, as she has a yearning and passion for improving society. Her presentation ’20 wishes for Brisbane’ listed 20 awesome ideas for ways we could improve Brisbane based on her previous experiences in other countries.
Some of my personal favourites were:
City-wide putt putt golf: the course exists all around the city on streets and laneways, and each hole is designed by a different person/group.
Pop-up drive-in movie theatres: drive-in movies that pop up in suburban shopping centre carparks, where the space goes to waste at night time.
Cooler street furniture: including hammocks, recliner chairs and movable furniture.
Front yard cafes and friendlier neighbourhoods:Suburban Grind is a community building project travelling around Brisbane, setting up in people’s garages and serving free cafe style coffee in an effort to bring neighbours together.
Very cool! Can’t wait to see some of these projects up and running!
What would you like to see in Brisbane? What existing space would you redesign?
I won’t be going to Splendour in the Grass, but I wish I was. Anya, I am very jealous. I would love to have gone to see the big acts and the dancing.
I am very proud to say that I know Brooke Hindmarsh, who is featured in the centre of the Courier Mail photograph above. I have known Brooke since she was 3 years old as she danced and performed for many years with both of my daughters. Brooke was one of 200 Queensland dancers who auditioned at the Brisbane Powerhouse on Tuesday for a coveted spot performing with US rapper Kanye West who will be playing Splendour in the Grass at Woodford on Friday Night. The audition was run by Czech Republic choreographer Yemi A.D who had the tough task of choosing just 18 lucky girls. All 18 have been sworn to secrecy so I hope Brooke is one of them.
This was great for Brisbane dancers, and as Brooke stated “We never get an opportunity to audition for something like this, usually you have to go to America. That’s why so many dancers have turned up.” Seeing Brooke in this photo has brought back many happy memories of my girl’s dancing days.
Faustus, a Bell Shakespeare and Queensland Theatre Company co-production, is set to bring theatrical drama to Brisbane Powerhouse from 30 May – 25 June.
Adapted and directed by Michael Gow, Faustus is based on the two great dramatic versions, Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus and Goethe’s Faust as well as myriad plays, novels, operas, movies and artworks inspired by the story of Doctor Faustus.
The Faustus story explores the idea of punishment through a character who seems to have no fear of it. Faustus is a brilliant man. Yet when he summons the evil Mephistophilis and sells his soul to the devil in exchange for power, love and riches, the limits of his mortal comprehension are exposed.
This new production will draw on music by Gounod, Berlioz, Liszt, Mahler and Schubert, and incorporate multimedia elements to cast new light on this diabolical tale. Audiences will find themselves examining their own moral compasses and determining where they point.
The world’s most prestigious photo-journalism annual exhibition, World Press Photo, is coming to Brisbane for its fourth year running. The amazing collection showcases some of the most beautiful, haunting, shocking, and very raw moments from across the globe as photographed by the more than 100 million entrants.
Earlier this year the winners were announced (read more at Brio Daily’s article: World Press Photo of the Year 2010), and now Brisbane is lucky to have the chance to get up close with the work.
The Brisbane Powerhouse is presenting the collection from June 4-26. For more information, visit the Powerhouse website.
This weekend is your last chance to catch an outdoor flick at the Ford Fiesta Moonlight Cinema in Brisbane.
The cinema has been running at the Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm park since December 15 and will finish up this weekend with a great line up for movies ready to be enjoyed in the open air. The movies for this weekend are The Next Three Days, Morning Glory and The King’s Speech.
If you haven’t experienced the Moonlight Cinema as yet, now is your last chance for some time to enjoy the movies and the atmosphere.
There is a wide selection of food and drink on hand, but if the picnic basket is more your style you are more than welcome to bring your own food along! You can even hire a bean bed to watch the movie in style. Apparently these go pretty quick, so turning up early is essential!
Tickets can be purchased both online and also at the box office from 6pm on the day. Plus, if you use public transport to get you to the cinema, you receive a $3 per person Eco ticket discount!
What a great way to spend your Saturday or Sunday evening!
The Brisbane Comedy Festival will hit the Brisbane Powerhouse in March, promising a giggling start to autumn. And let’s admit it, after such a mixed-up summer (storms, floods, cyclone, and a weekend heat wave), I think we can all use a bit of humour.
So what can you expect from the Festival which opens Tuesday 1 March and ends Sunday 27 March? Enjoy well-known comedians who will return to the popular festival, plus a handful of new funny faces. Also returning is Chalkboard, which offers a surprise, late night line-up every Friday and Saturday night. Tickets go on sale at noon on the day of the show. And if it’s anything like last year, these evenings sell out super fast – so remember to get in quick!
Headlining comedians you can look forward to seeing are: Wil Anderson, Josh Thomas, George McEncroe, Mel Buttle, Josh Earl, Lily Tomlin, Dave O’Neil, Peter Helliar and Denise Scott. To view the full programme, visit the Brisbane Powerhouse website.
You may remember him from Underbelly, but now Marcus Graham can now add Shakespeare to his already impressive CV. The Aussie screen icon has landed the title role of Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth which is drawing to a close tonight (12 September) at QUT Festival Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse – so get in quick! Macbeth forms part of the entertaining cultural line up of this year’s Brisbane Festival.
Macbeth is a theatrical masterpiece. Shakespeare’s last and shortest tragedy was penned in the early seventeenth century and is considered by many as his darkest work. This celebrated tale of unhealthy ambition and lust for power combines murder, madness, human evil, guilt and the supernatural into one of the most performed works by history’s most famous playwright.
This compelling rendition of Macbeth, previewing September 7 and running until September 12, will be the first act to tread the boards at the new QUT Festival Theatre. Tonight’s show is on at 6.30pm. Contact: Brisbane Powerhouse Box Office 07 3358 8600 or visit www.brisbanefestival.com.au.
Shadowlands, the controversial love affair drama of the Narnia chronicles author C.S Lewis and American poet Joy, is a moving and confronting play that has had many adaptations on theatre stages world wide. It’s also been filmed twice, for TV and the big screen. Today the Brisbane Powerhouse opens a short run of Shadowlands from: 29th July until 31 July and 4th August until 7 August.
A few years ago I had the pleasure of seeing the large scale West End theatre version of William Nicholson’s Shadowlands in London and the intensity, drama and complexities of finding love still linger in the back of my mind today. In brief, it explores the joy and grief of “experience: the most brutal of teachers”. I remember feeling saddened that C.S Lewis found Joy so late in his life (in his 50s when he was an ultimate bachelor), and was forced to explore the full breadth of emotions that falling in love entails, even when faced with the inevitable – death. It’s a soulful play that simply cannot help but stir.
So if you fancy some intensity this winter, I suggest you check the Aussie theatre talent (Brisbane and Sydney actors) who will take to the Brisbane Powerhouse stage at New Farm. Tickets are $35 (concession $25) and can be booked online.