Brisbane Powerhouse’s four new attractions fuse art, food, cinema

Brisbane Powerhouse’s four new attractions fuse art, food, cinema

Brisbane Powerhouse’s four new attractions fuse art, food, cinema

28 July, 2022

Four new outdoor venues will pop up around Brisbane Powerhouse in the coming months with a mixture of art, performance, food and drink, and cinema to be rolled out.

A new year-round outdoor cinema will open in Spring 2022 and be situated among the trees in front of the Powerhouse’s Stores Building.

It will showcase blockbuster movies, arthouse screenings, film festivals and concerts.

In August, a new artwork of glass, steel and mirrors will appear on the Powerhouse’s Performance Lawn.

Kaleidoscope is the latest piece by artist Keith Courtney and will be available to see until October 3.

This will be followed by the opening of the Pleasuredome in October, taking the place of Kaleidoscope on the venue’s Performance Lawn.

The new alfresco theatre and event space promises to be a performance venue that will be free for the public to relax in when it is not being used. It will seat 360 people for concerts, cabaret, comedy, and circus.

In early 2023, the Hap Wah Night Market will take its place on the Powerhouse’s forecourt and surrounding parks for a month-long celebration of Brisbane food and art.

It will be staged twice a year in March and October and offer a range of culinary fusions.

Brisbane Powerhouse chief executive Kate Gould said the line-up of fresh experiences was made possible by Brisbane City Council and Federal Government’s Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand Fund.

“Brisbane Powerhouse will bring art outside, creating a series of external venues for performance, film and feasting,” Gould said, after returning to Brisbane in mid-2021 following 18 years away.

“We are grateful to Brisbane City Council for backing our vision to revitalise Brisbane Powerhouse and its environs. And there are more surprises to come.”

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the council’s $1 million with federal government support would provide the start-up funds needed for more ongoing cultural events.

“We want to ensure this precinct continues to evolve and this new line up of events will support our arts economy and excite art and entertainment seekers,” he said.

“The Powerhouse is a must-visit destination for tourists as well as a treasure for locals and this new outdoor offering will have something for all ages and interests.

“Brisbane’s fantastic climate means we can enjoy things like outdoor cinemas, night markets and open-air venues all year round.”