Backbone Festival 2019 Programme

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Unplug, and unleash the underground.


The annual Backbone Festival will do just that in a programme filled with theatre, performance, arts, music, and events at their East Brisbane venue in November.

The Fake News/Dumb Views programme aims to take audiences on a journey, stepping outside echo chambers, beyond algorithms and data miners, and into each other's living rooms.

Backbone has been a presence of youth arts in Queensland for over 30 years, supporting curious, untamed, and experimental thinkers keen to challenge their ideas and express themselves through the arts.

The programme boasts a line-up of game-changing artists and parties, showcasing what's on offer within the next generation of Brisbane's arts scene.

Among festival highlights is a comeback season of 'Be Our Witness' by Ritual Theatre. It's a race against the mid-twenties-crisis clock, and you're invited to bear witness to the ceremony.

Sarah Stafford (from Architects Of Sound) brings 'Again You Have Trusted Me', a solo work where rural Australian femininity crashes into generational trauma, shared between women.

Brisbane newcomers The Naughty Corner debuted with 'Something In The Water' at Metro Arts earlier in the year, and now they bring new work 'Rocket Man' to Backbone Festival. Part installation, part theatre, all conspiracy theory, The Naughty Corner will have you wondering: What is fantasy and what is reality?

Tia Russel's latest work 'When It Rains It Pours' joins the festival line-up too. At 17 years old she's already won multiple awards for her playwriting.

Backbone will take full advantage of those warm afternoons will all the usual suspects such as Tragic Trivia, Fast & Loose, and Candy Social Club.

With a huge line-up of music and a bevy of arts events still to be announced, Backbone Festival Fake News/Dumb Views is sure to quench your thirst for adventure and experience.

Backbone Festival is on from 14-24 November.

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