As we bid farewell to 2015, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre have reported some strong numbers during their 30th year. This should come as no surprise given the number of shows they have had across all their venues over the past six months, including: The Lion King, Wicked, Anything Goes, Strictly Ballroom the Musical, Les Miserables, The Pirates of Penzance and many, many more. You can read some quick stats (provided by QPAC) for the January – December 2015 period below:
- More than 1.3 million visitors attended the Centre.
- More than 1,200 performances were held across four theatres and outdoor venues.
- Over half their program came from local Queensland artists and companies.
- 172 local artists (including 63 new and emerging artists) performed as part of Lunchtime Live
- 121 artists performed during Front Yard Music Extended Play.
John Kotzas | QPAC Chief Executive
We deliver a balanced program of free and ticketed events every year which attracts a wide range of audiences. We work with local artists and companies to grow the future of performing arts in our state including the development of new works. We manage our financial resources and focus on revenue streams that ensure we can re-invest in the arts and we are an active member of a precinct that grows the cultural vibrancy of Brisbane and our state.
QPAC has remained relevant in a very dynamic world and what has been both celebrated and achieved in 2015 are exemplary outcomes of a modern performing arts centre. QPAC is part of a larger artistic community in Queensland and works with people and organisations across many sectors to produce outcomes for our audiences.
Connecting with our community and delivering memorable experiences to every QPAC visitor is at the forefront of what we do every day. QPAC is a public space and a place for the people of Queensland. To celebrate this we opened up our spaces and welcomed patrons existing and new to take a closer look and become more connected to what happens here. This included two special events (our Anniversary Celebration Day in April and Brisbane Open House in October). We even invited ABC 612 Radio host Steve Austin to broadcast from our Green Room in June and chat to those behind the scenes and uncover some of those special secrets and amazing memories from over the years. As the year neared end we also launched our first membership program.
Speaking of vision this year has also been very much about laying the foundations for our future. We know from experience that what we see today will be very different in another 30 years; the young audiences of today may well be the artists of tomorrow and the way we connect with audiences will have vastly changed, and we are excited and driven by this. Since QPAC’s official opening in 1985, QPAC has staged more than 26,000 performances and hosted more than 20 million visitors. As our anniversary year comes to a close, I would like to thank all those who have contributed to QPAC’s success; our audiences, staff, partners, local industry, and the global companies and artists we have been fortunate to work with
Chris Freeman AM | QPAC Chair
The vision of a cultural precinct for Brisbane by the state government and architect Robin Gibson all those years ago is certainly paying dividends in the vibrancy of Brisbane and attracting cultural tourism to our state. It was fitting to see our structures selected for heritage listing in this, QPAC’s anniversary year.