Out of the Box is a biennial festival for children eight years and under, held at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC).
More than a million people have attended an Out of the Box event throughout its lifetime with over 1,600 performances, 2,500 workshops and 9,500 free events delivered. We are proud to have played a leading role in Australia in developing children’s performing arts programming, commissioning over 100 new works during the festival’s history and connecting arts and education.
Out of the Box includes cultural activity crafted to celebrate and support learning, play, curiosity and discovery for children and their families as they learn and grow together. Out of the Box acknowledges and celebrates the value and importance of the arts in education and life-learning.
Out of the Box takes pride in its history as a national leader in programming for young children, nurturing children's creativity and imagination.
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Connecting children with their artistic and literary potential
Two of Australia’s leading artists – writer Libby Hathorn and composer Elena Kats-Chernin – along with a team of expert performance makers, took Libby’s book Outside, and explored its transformation into an opera for children in a shared space between the artists, creatives, children, and their adults.
Before, During, After is a space to share stories and new ideas – where you can meet and interact with leading professional artists, to share the love of arts, literature and performance. The program aims to include children in the creative process through sharing and questioning, examining what it means to be an artist and how artists arrive at their original ideas – connecting children with their artistic and creative lives.
A Christmas Carol8 - 14 DecConcert Hall, QPAC
This December, the award-winning stage spectacle – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – is returning to QPAC!
Spirit of Christmas22 - 23 DecConcert Hall, QPAC
An occasion to rejoice and reflect on the year that has passed and embrace the season’s enduring message of Peace, Love and Joy.
Bluey’s Big Play – The Stage Show30 Dec 2023 - 20 Jan 2024Playhouse, QPAC
For real life! Join Bluey and Bingo as they return to QPAC in Bluey’s Big Play – The Stage Show!
Metaverse of MagicFrom 4 Jan 2024Concert Hall, QPAC
Experience the world’s first interactive magic spectacular with breathtaking illusions and cutting‑edge technology!
World Science Festival Brisbane Dr Karl’s Great Moments in Science23 Mar 2024, 5pmCremorne Theatre, QPAC
For one night only, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki presents unbelievable insights into the Great Moments in Science.
James and the Giant Peach30 Mar - 7 Apr 2024Cremorne Theatre, QPAC
Climb aboard the world’s juiciest fruit as Roald Dahl’s James and The Giant Peach rolls off the page and onto the stage in Shake & Stir’s most delicious adventure yet.
Carnival of the Animals by CircaRent NowDigital Stage
Experience a thrilling circus and music spectacle inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns. Go on a whimsical journey through the animal kingdom.