Brisbane Powerhouse 21st Birthday Celebrations Programme

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A star-studded line-up of local and national acts will fill Brisbane Powerhouse from 6 May over a ten-day celebration to mark the venue’s 21st birthday.


The ten-day celebration will culminate in a 21st Birthday Concert hosted by Brisbane comedy queen Mel Buttle and featuring a variety show of acts like Eurovision starlet Kate Miller-Heidke, ARIA-winner Clare Bowditch, funnyman Tom Gleeson, home-grown heroes Briefs Factory, William Barton with Camerata, CIRCA, Benjin Maza and Alinta McGrady, and more.

“We’re certainly a glass-half-full bunch at Brisbane Powerhouse, and while a venue might traditionally celebrate its milestones in decades, a 21st celebration feels more appropriate for us,” Powerhouse Artistic Director Kris Stewart says.

“Since it reopened its doors as a celebrated cultural precinct in May 2000, Brisbane Powerhouse has supercharged the careers of thousands of artists.”

Additional programme highlights include a retrospective look at Brisbane’s multi-arts festival Tranceplant, which was the first documented ‘festival’ at the precinct in 1994.

ABC Radio’s Rebecca Levingston will moderate a Writers+Ideas event with original Tranceplant producers and participants Andy Forbes, Jay Younger and Kiley Gaffney, signalling the launch of the Tranceplant History Project.

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Also, a free exhibition called Regenerate will span three ‘acts’, showcasing the building’s rich 90-year history.

“We traditionally celebrate 21st birthdays as a coming of age, but the Brisbane Powerhouse has well and truly come of age as our city’s home of contemporary arts,” Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner says.

“Delivering a diverse range of art exhibitions, shows, festivals and performances, it really is a powerhouse of creativity; a powerhouse of culture and the arts; and a powerhouse of community.”

Check out more details on the programme here.

Brisbane Powerhouse’s 21st birthday celebrations run from 6-15 May 2021.

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