The programs initiated by QPAC span all performing art forms and are presented under the QPAC Presents banner.
QPAC’s artistic program embraces the best in live performance and the intersection between our program and our community is at the heart of everything we do. QPAC Presents encompasses signature events such as the QPAC International Series, Out of the Box and First Nations Program as well as a diverse range of local, national and international work and collaborations with our resident companies. QPAC aims to initiate a broad and relevant program that supports engagement and participation by the diverse communities we serve. The themes of Belonging and Hope underscore QPAC Presents programming.
Belonging evokes thoughts of relationships, place, inclusion and acceptance, connectedness and community. It is a positive affirmation that also protects us against isolation, disconnectedness, alienation and exclusion. Belonging may be considered a fundamental human need, and yet one’s perception of belonging is unique, having been shaped by personal experiences and contexts. Hope in the human condition relates to the cultivation of optimism and the visioning of creative possibilities and change. Like Belonging, Hope contributes to the wellbeing of individuals and communities and is essential in supporting empowerment and development. Belonging and Hope provide rich themes and curatorial drivers for QPAC’s activity and connection with our audiences and the wider public.
QPAC Presents encompasses signature events such as the QPAC International Series, Out of the Box and First Nations Program as well as a diverse range of local, national and international work and collaborations with our resident companies.
As well as its presenting activity, QPAC is an active producer with a range of work available for touring locally, nationally and internationally.
QPAC regularly collaborates with artists, companies, producers and presenters from around the world utilising its resources, networks and expertise to help create a dynamic live performance culture.
At the heart of QPAC’s activities is the aim to cultivate excellence in cultural thinking, planning and delivery and help build the success of art in Queensland. QPAC strives to be a place that is readily accessible, filled with people learning, exploring and having fun.
Below is a range of works that went touring in the past.
QPAC offers residencies to or partners with artists, companies and major arts festivals to help sustain Queensland’s vibrant live performance industry.
QPAC Museum collects and preserves Queensland’s performing arts heritage.
Did your uncle sing and dance at the Tivoli, your aunt direct plays at the Princess Theatre, or your parents perform magic tricks at the old Cremorne?
QPAC Museum collects and cares for Queensland’s performing arts heritage, and provides community access to the collection through exhibitions, public programs and research facilities. The QPAC Museum collection includes costumes, photographs, set and costume designs, programs, recordings, production documents, scrapbooks and other and memorabilia.
Visit QPAC’s Tony Gould Gallery to discover and enjoy exhibitions curated by QPAC Museum.
If you would like to help preserve Queensland’s unique performing arts narrative, contact QPAC Museum to share a story or discuss a donation.
Researchers can view the collection by appointment.
The QPAC Choir is a contemporary community choir for adults aged 18 years and over. Rehearsing Monday nights, the QPAC Choir provides access to imaginative repertoires, challenging skill development, social opportunities and public performance.
Theatres of War: Wartime Entertainment and the Australian Experience
From 9 Feb to 4 Jun 2016
I Am Spartacus: Revolutionaries, radicals & theatres of dissent
From 18 Jun to 14 Sep 2019
Keepsakes: Posters Programs and Printed Ephemera from the QPAC Museum Collection
From 24 Sep to 23 Nov 2019
The QPAC International Series links Brisbane to the world’s greatest stages and feeds a growing desire in Australian audiences to experience the preeminent artists of our time.
Out of the Box is a biennial Festival for children eight years and under, held at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).
The QPAC First Nations program is bold, resilient, and features fierce black work from local and national First Nations artists.
Funny, cheeky and feisty, Little Red Riding Hood by the Queensland Ballet is a delightful mashup of ballet and creative theatrics that families will love.
Combining music, physical comedy, clowning, and puppetry Concerto for Harmony and Presto is a theatrical, enchanting, and fun show for children 3+ and their families.
Featuring sublime music and lighting, this Chinese/Australian collaboration draws multiple tales of exploration, emotion and poetry to celebrate our cultural connection.
Spotlighting the inherent frailty and imperfections that exist in us all, 7 Deadly Sins explores the age-old sinful nature of mankind retold through contemporary dance.
Opera's most famous femme fatale is stripped bare in Natalie Weir's sumptuous new dance interpretation of the legendary Carmen story.
This haunting journey of life-changing moments shines a light on how we deal with moments in our life when time stops.
Enter the emotionally charged memories of a young man’s past as six incredible dancers perform Natalie Weir’s work.
This production reinforces the notion that love – no matter what age you are, or what age you are in – is eternal and its power everlasting.
JADE is an initiative established out of QPAC and SAO’s desire to bring passionate Brisbane musicians from multiple cultural backgrounds together.
shake & stir is one of the country’s leading contemporary theatre companies producing an annual season of mainstage and in-school productions.
Camerata was founded in 1987 as an idealistic ensemble of emerging artists and transformed into a professional chamber orchestra in 2005.
Southern Cross Soloists are a chamber ensemble comprising of leading Australian musicians, educators with an outstanding reputation for musical excellence.
Brisbane Festival is one of Australia's major international arts festivals showcasing a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus and opera.
Queensland Music Festival (QMF) is a state-wide celebration of musical excellence with an international reputation and an unparalleled geographic reach.
Queensland Cabaret Festival has a tradition of presenting local cabaret performers alongside the cream of Australian touring artists and international guests.
First presented as the Warana Writers Convention in 1962, just six sessions were presented over one day. Now over 150 events are presented annually in September.
The Australian Dance Collective was founded in 1984 as Expressions Dance Company. It is one of Queensland's leading contemporary dance theatre companies.
Harvest Rain is Australia’s largest not-for-profit youth arts organization and is committed to create challenging training opportunities for the next generation of performers.
Established in 1957, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) is one of the most comprehensive tertiary music schools in Australia.
Bangarra is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation and one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies, widely acclaimed nationally and around the world.
Queensland Youth Orchestras (QYO) is the State’s major orchestral training and performance organisation for young musicians aged 9 to 25.
The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts is a Registered Training Organisation offering courses that incorporate all performing arts genres.
The QUT Creative Industries Faculty generates innovative ideas and talent for the creative arts, entertainment, media and design industries.
Queensland Ballet is a vibrant, creative company which engages renowned choreographers and designers from around the world and nurtures emerging local talent.
Opera Queensland's vision is to enrich the lives of their audience by creating thrilling opera courageously supporting and advancing the art form.
QT is Australia’s third largest theatre company presenting an annual season of the best theatre from classics to contemporary international and Australian work.
QSO is renowned for its high quality, breath-taking performances of both classical and modern compositions that engage audiences of all musical tastes, interests and ages.