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DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

METRO ARTS x BRISBANE FESTIVAL
DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

We’ve teamed up with our legendary neighbours Cheeky Poke Bar and Beirut Bazaar to bring you two tasty, value-packed dinner packages during our Brisbane Festival 2021 season.

Located in the West Village precinct (less than two minutes-walk from our front doors), it’s the perfect pre-show soiree to complete your night out – minimum organising required!

Package Prices: General $70  / Concession $63 / Groups 6+ $63
+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

Packages are available for the following Brisbane Festival shows:

WeredingoAgapi | Αγαπη & Other Kinds of Love  | This Ain’t No Pussy Show  | Funny Mummies Comedy Gala.

THE DETAILS + HOW TO BOOK

  • Peruse the dining offers below

  • Head to your Brisbane Festival show of choice

  • Select ‘BOOK NOW’ button and your preferred show date

  • You’ll then have the option to choose your preferred dinning option and also General or Concession pricing

  • We’ll complete your booking, to be made 90 minutes prior to your show time

  • For Group bookings: please email info@metroarts.com.au – include your name and a contact number and our Ticketing staff will be in touch.

DINING OPTION 1:
CHEEKY POKE BAR | DINNER + SHOW

If you’ve been craving Cheeky Poke Bar’s famous signature tacos, poke bowls or scrumptious bone broth soups, we’ve got you covered!

Package includes:

  • Metro Arts x Brisbane Festival show ticket

Choice of:

  • Signature Poke Bowl
  • Main Serving of Signature Tacos
  • Signature Soup

PLUS any drink on the menu (excluding cocktails)

TOTAL COST:
General $70*  / Concession $63* / Groups 6+ $63* 

*+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

See full menu for details on menu choices above.

DINING OPTION 2:
BEIRUT BAZAAR| DINNER + SHOW

Boasting succulent shawarma and sambousek, this authentic Lebanese menu has been designed with friends and family in mind – best enjoyed when shared.

Package includes:

  • Metro Arts x Brisbane Festival show ticket

Choice of:

  • Chicken Shawarma
  • Lamb Shawarma
  • Veggie Shawarma

Plus one serving of a choice of Hot Mezza pastry: 

  • Safiha – Meat
  • Sambousek – Meat
  • Sambousek – Cheese
  • Fatayer Spinach

PLUS a complimentary glass of House Red or House White wine

TOTAL COST:
General $70*  / Concession $63* / Groups 6+ $63* 

*+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

See full menu for details on menu choices above.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

SUBTITLE IRAN

SUBTITLE IRAN

SUBTITLE IRAN

Presented by Metro Arts

By Katayoun Javan

Iranian Australian photographer and video artist Katayoun Javan draws on personal and public stories to present notions of family, home, memory, displacement and the Iranian Diaspora.

Subtitle Iran is a research-based photo series that explores the ways Western film and television has perceived Iran for the past several decades, mainly before and after the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

 

DATES

Sat 5 – Sat 26 Jun, 2021

OPENING EVENT
4 – 6pm, Sat 5 Jun

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 5 Jun 4pm – 10pm (exhibition opening)
Sun 6 Jun Closed
Mon 7 – Fri 11 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 12 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 13 Jun Closed
Mon 14 – Fri 18 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 19 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 20 Jun Closed
Mon 21 – Fri 25 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 26 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 27 Jun Closed

THE ARTISTS

Katayoun Javan

Katayoun Javan is an Iranian Australian photographer and video artist. Through documentary photography, portraiture, and use of found photos and videos, she draws on personal and public stories in order to explore notions of family, home, memory, displacement, and the Iranian Diaspora. Most of her works are somehow related to Iran from a migrant point of view.  She completed a Master of Fine Art in research in 2013 and has taken residencies in Australia and exhibited in solo and group shows in Australia, Iran and internationally.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

OLD HAUNTS

OLD HAUNTS

OLD HAUNTS

Presented by Metro Arts

By Anthem ARI

Born out of a desire to extend tenderness,  elevation and appreciation to culturally diverse voices, ANTHEM ARI aims to provide a dedicated platform to celebrate the practices of First Nations, diasporic, and LGBTQI+ identifying artists of colour in Australia.

Co-founders Lucy Nguyên-Hunt, Reina Takeuchi, Rhanjell Villanueva, Ruaa Al-Rikabi and Keemon Williams will transform the gallery into a simulated museum space, exorcising the sordid histories of institutional race representation and intergenerational trauma embedded within the experiences of the artists.

View the digital catalogue here. 

DATES

Sat 5 – Sat 26 Jun, 2021

OPENING EVENT
4 – 6pm, Sat 5 Jun

VENUE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 5 Jun 4pm – 10pm (exhibition opening)
Sun 6 Jun Closed
Mon 7 – Fri 11 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 12 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 13 Jun Closed
Mon 14 – Fri 18 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 19 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 20 Jun Closed
Mon 21 – Fri 25 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 26 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 27 Jun Closed

THE ARTISTS

Lucy Nguyễn-Hunt
Lucy Nguyễn-Hunt is an interdisciplinary Vietnamese and Samoan/Cook Islander Australian artist with an abiding passion for sharing lived experiences through her artistic practice. Namely, this manifests as dismantling preconceived notions of identity through the lens of a camera and her culturally hybrid and queer gaze. Working predominantly in photography and moving image and implicating the body as self as a material form, Nguyễn-Hunt investigates the structures in place with consistently others outliers to a socially constructed ‘standard’. Regarding her practice as a safe space for licking her own wounds, vulnerability, self-awareness and authentic representation is at the heart of her work. Nguyễn-Hunt works to prioritise representation and visibility, and voice lived experiences through the process of self-negotiation and preservation.

Reina Takeuchi
Reina Takeuchi is an Australian-Japanese artist-researcher, dance maker, curator and writer interested in interdisciplinary collaboration and facilitating embodied experiences of contemporary art. She explores how sensorial experience can be enhanced through ritualistic performance, interactive installations and time based media. Her work utilises choreographic processes and the transitory qualities of sound and action to meditate on transculturation, displacement, diaspora and the ethereal experiences of her peripatetic upbringing across Japan, India, Thailand and Australia. These processes allow for a clarity of somatic contemplation for the artist and she, in turn, explores the potential for this sensitivity to be shared with the viewer.

Rhanjell Villaneuva
Rhanjell Villanueva is an emerging Meanjin-based (Brisbane) Filipino artist whose practice critically analyses the traditional Filipino culture against the language and values of western societies. In response to his upbringing, his practice traverses the multitude and intricacies of cultural identity by unraveling post-colonial patterns and cultural conflict. Working across an array of media including sculpture, moving image, and video installation, Villanueva materialises deep transcultural knowledge and narratives rooted from oppression and the feeling of displacement. The resulting works focus on decolonising the eye, demonstrating the subjectivity of ‘foreign in a domestic sense’ towards the metaphysics of Filipino Futurism. By sharing tales of the diaspora, he aims to engage with other persons of colour and urge them to consider what they could become, beyond what they are expected to be.

Ruaa Al-Rikabi
Ruaa Al-Rikabi is a Iraqi-Syrian Australian emerging contemporary artist whose practice investigates themes of intersectional identity, self-preservation and re-representation of desirability. Ruaa’s practice looks at the rich experience of intersectional identities and how this can be linked to experiences of displacement and difference, shown through an ongoing development of a living archive of her self-identity. Within her practise, Ruaa aims to create space for other marginalised communities by encouraging radical expression of self and multifaceted identities. Ruaa employs materials which she deems significant to her self-identity as surrogates to encapsulate her lived experiences, this includes hair, food and photographs. Through rejecting essentialist assumptions about intersectional BIPOC identity, Ruaa’s practice aims to engage in an act of decolonisation that empowers and liberates intersectional identities.

Keemon Williams
Keemon Williams is an Indigenous Meanjin-based (Brisbane) artist of Koa, Kuku Yalanji and Meriam Mer descent. He utilizes a diverse range of mediums and performative elements to highlight the relationships between location, personal and cultural histories, and the broader context of being “Australian.” Rendering speculative embodiments of culture through contemporary forms, his work investigates culture’s innate ability to adapt to oppressive systems and claim agency through new material processes. Keemon employs this ontology through interrogations of architecture, fashion, mass production and new media devices. By critically engaging with digital and consumerist realms, and their potential for “ethnoplastic” ventures, Keemon reconciles a sense of indigeneity within the everyday.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

The Bombshells Ball

The Bombshells Ball

THE BOMBSHELLS BALL

Presented by The Bombshell Burlesque 

Join us for an evening of titillation, tassels and tease starring Brisbane’s best bump and grind babes and nifty novices at our new Metro Arts home.

The graduation performance for term 3 students of The Bombshell Burlesque Academy, The Bombshells Ball features both professional performers and debuts by emerging Burlesque babes! Come and cheer on your favourite Bombshells in a show with more glamour, glitter and garters than you can poke a feather at!

Featuring performances by graduating students of The Bombshell Burlesque Academy
MC: Ella Fontaine

Martini McFly
Lacey Pop

Pennie Dreadful
Xtina Colada
Eva Malteaser
Ash McPash
Donna Mae Trichs
Duchess Patrón

DATES

19 June 2021
5pm & 8pm

TICKETS

$40 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

WUN-GA-LI NGURRAMBAA WINANGA-LI

WUN-GA-LI NGURRAMBAA WINANGA-LI

WUN-GA-LI NGURRAMBAA WINANGA-LI

By Debbie Taylor-Worley

Presented by Metro Arts

Gamilaraay-born artist Debbie Taylor-Worley presents a body of work in response to returning to the places of birth and childhood, and listening to the country speak.

Wun-ga-li Ngurrambaa Winanga-li utilises motifs based on Gamilaraay carved trees and incorporates weaving and embroidery techniques, drawing attention to the cultural practices of Taylor Worley’s female ancestors. Each work has been created in, and alongside significant waterways on country, reflecting Gamilaraay women’s responsibility to protect the waterways.

Catalogue essay by Shannon Brett here.

 

DATES

Tue 6 – Sat 24 Jul, 2021

ARTIST TALK
3pm, Sat 24 Jul

CLOSING EVENT
4-6pm, Sat 24 Jul

VENUE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Tue 6 – Fri 9 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 10 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 11 Jul Closed
Mon 12 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Tue 13 Jul 7am – 4.30 pm
Wed 14 – Fri 16 Jul 7am – 9pm
Sat 17 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 18 Jul 2pm – 9pm
Mon 19 – Fri 23 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 24 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 25 Jul Closed

THE ARTISTS

Debbie Taylor-Worley
As a Gamillaraay woman, who has lived, for the most part, a colonised life, my project is about decolonising my own mind, beliefs and narratives, and going a step further, to reconnect to my spiritual roots. I’m treading a path to connect to my culture, my country and the spirituality of my ancestors, for I believe that Indigenous knowledges in ways of knowing, being and doing are in fact our planet’s only chance of survival. My art practice is a means of cementing that connection to country and culture.

My artmaking processes and materials are profoundly tied to connection to Mother Earth and Ancestors, ceremony and ritual, culture and community, and places and memory. It describes the trials and tribulations of navigating unfamiliar waters, the treading softly on the ground and resisting of greedy mis-use and destruction of the earth’s resources.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project was funded by the Windmill Trust Scholarship, awarded to Taylor-Worley in 2020.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

THE WEATHERMAN

THE WEATHERMAN

THE WEATHERMAN

By Callum McGrath

Presented by Metro Arts

The Weatherman is a new video work that takes an experimental approach to queer remembrance, ensuing processes of memorialisation.

Developed in response to the historic murders of gay men in Sydney during the late 1980s and early 1990s, The Weatherman eschews systematic retelling of this history and instead draws on a vast archive of violence against queer people. 

McGrath draws from over twenty real and fictional texts, to recall the disappearance (murder) of the TV broadcaster Ross Warren in 1989.

 

 

DATES

Tue 6 – Sat 24 July, 2021

CLOSING EVENT
4-6pm, Sat 24 Jul

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Tue 6 – Fri 9 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 10 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 11 Jul Closed
Mon 12 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Tue 13 Jul 7am – 4.30 pm
Wed 14 – Fri 16 Jul 7am – 9pm
Sat 17 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 18 Jul 2pm – 9pm
Mon 19 – Fri 23 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 24 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 25 Jul Closed

THE ARTISTS

Callum McGrath
Callum McGrath is an artist and researcher currently based in Naarm/Melbourne. McGrath’s work applies experimental archival and historiographic approaches to reconceptualise methods of queer memorialisation. His research-led projects resist the hegemonic and institutional structures of archival repositories and instead work toward methods of queer remembrance where queer temporalities and futurity can take precedent. McGrath has exhibited widely in institutions and galleries around Australia and in 2021 is commencing a Masters of Fine Art (Research) at Monash University.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

COLLISION

COLLISION

COLLISION

By Casus Circus

Presented by Metro Arts 

The B-boy meets the Bendy boy. Hip hop and the Hula Hooper. Pop, lock and adagio.

COLLISION  is a cross-pollination of contemporary circus and street dance, teaming together two Brisbane powerhouses, Casus Circus and Mad Dance House. 

Casus Circus is a pioneer contemporary circus company known for ground-breaking acrobatics and physical poetry with a reputation as a leader on the world stage. Mad Dance House is a mover and shaker in the urban and street dance international scene, responsible for some of Australia’s most charismatic and celebrated street dancers. 

COLLISION will be an explosion for your senses!

DATES

Wed 14 – Sun 18 Jul, 2021

EXTRA SHOW ADDED
3:30pm, Sun 18 Jul

TIMES

Wed – Sat 7:30pm
Sun 3:30pm + 7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Preview Wed 14 Jul / $25 + booking fee
Concession
$25 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $25 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 6+.

THE ARTISTS

Natano Fa’anana – Director
Natano’s unique style of performance draws inspiration from his Samoan roots, fused with acrobatics, aerials and dance. He has achieved international recognition through his work with the award winning Polytoxic Theatre Company, as Co-creator and Performer in Briefs Factory, and in his current role as Co-founder, Creative Director of Casus Circus.

Ché Pritchard – Creative Consultant / Choreographer
Coming primarily from a Street Dance background Ché has already had a long and diverse career Performing, Choreographing and Directing in the commercial dance world. From stadium entertainment to street performance to stage productions, Ché has choreographed as part of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles and the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Ché is also the Creative Director and Lead Choreographer of one of Brisbane’s highest profile annual social events Dancing CEOs. His passion for movement creation and his positive energy are infectious and ever present, always being noted and appreciated within his project teams. 

Amy Stuart
Amy found her love of circus when she was 14 at the Woodford Folk Festival. She then joined Flipside Youth Circus and made her way into the performance troupe. After performing at Woodford when she was 16 & 17, she auditioned for the Flying Fruit Fly Circus School and soon began training their full time. Two years on, she graduated with solo acrobatic Tightwire, Teeterboard, Partner Acro, Tumbling and Group Bike. She has recently performed in We Live Here a show based on the lives and experiences of children from Hummingbird House a palliative care facility. Following this she has started a collaborative show demonstrating the strength and awesomeness of women, Boss Squad. Boss Squad has performed nationally and Internationally and is still touring.

Riley Colquist
From a young age Riley trained with Flipside circus in Brisbane, travelling and performing nationally. After 12 years at Flipside, Riley moved to Melbourne to train at the National Institute of Circus Arts. He returned to Brisbane a year later to develop personal projects. He endeavours to continue his circus education at Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Quebec. Riley’s specialty is contortion and handstands. He is inspired by the Mongolian and Chinese methods of skill and strength. However, it was the art of storytelling and rich audience connection which drew him to a career in circus. His passion continues to drive his creativity and challenge him as an artist.

Ela Bartilimo
Ela is a Brisbane based circus performer and visual artist. Starting in youth circus, she went on to study aerial rope and group acrobatics at NICA in Melbourne. During her time as a student she performed with Company 2, One Fell Swoop, and co-created and performed in Four or More Circus. After graduating and she joined Circa Contemporary Circus as a full time acrobat. For two years she toured the world with the company performing in magical places like Austria, Germany, France and the UK. Now back in Australia as an independent artist, Ela strives to create work that will spark a change in her audience and reflect the world, therefore she is constantly experimenting, improvising and adapting to her observations.

Wanida Serce
Wanida is an established performer, choreographer and creative director who is passionate about uplifting the community and championing diversity. Some of the projects she has been involved with are: dancing for Jessica Mauboy, Commonwealth Games, The Special Olympics, Puma as well as featuring in campaigns for Vice, Absolut Vodka, Fox Sports & Universal Store. She is also a prominent teacher in the industry and is involved in mentoring teens and young adults with disabilities at BAMD, Brisbane’s first inclusive dance program. Wanida is a proud woman of colour that is successfully working in multiple fields of street/commercial dance – performing, teaching, choreographing, battling, judging and producing work. She continues to strive to inspire, mentor and be a pillar of representation through her all female dance collective, Pink Matter. 

Sam Evans
Sam Evans is a Brisbane-based dance artist, specialising in popping, robotics, and animation, while also being adept in many more dance styles. Despite only started his dance journey at the age of 17, Sam quickly made a name and career for himself in the entertainment world. Performing nationally and internationally with Swagamama, and as a founding member of Equals was an Australia’s Got Talent grand finalist in 2016. Sam currently works as an independent contractor for both corporate and creative works, while also working as an entertainer at Dreamworld and a Hip Hop teacher for Superstars Dance. 

Ben Garcia
Ben Garcia also known as BennyBucho is a professional street dancer based on the Gold Coast. He’s a part of many world class crews and companies including Team Cream, Swagamama, Skill@will, Trick Nasty Crew, Equals, Elements Collective and Geed Up Music. With 19 years experience Ben is recognised as one of the best Bboys in Australia! 

Natano Fa’anana Director

Ché Pritchard Creative Consultant/Choreographer

PERFORMING ARTISTS

Amy Stuart

Riley Colquist

Ela Bartilimo

Wanida Serce

Sam Evans

Ben Garcia

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

FIRESTARTER – THE STORY OF BANGARRA

FIRESTARTER – THE STORY OF BANGARRA

FIRESTARTER – THE STORY OF BANGARRA

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane International Film Festival
With a special in-person introduction by Wesley Enoch, AM

This remarkable film documentary celebrates the 30th anniversary of Australia’s most iconic performing arts company: Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra is a historically important film that takes the viewer through Bangarra’s birth and spectacular growth. It recognises Bangarra’s early founders and tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers – Stephen, David and Russell Page – turned the newly born dance group into one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies.

Through the eyes of the Page brothers and company alumni, Firestarter explores the loss and reclaiming of culture, the burden of intergenerational trauma and crucially, the extraordinary power of art as a messenger for social change and healing.

This special community screening is made possible by Metro Arts in partnership with Brisbane International Film Festival. The film will be introduced by Metro Arts patron and star of the film Wesley Enoch AM.

“What an experience. What a joy. I’ve watched it twice, and on both occasions emerged deeply moved..” – ★★★★★ The Guardian

DATES

Thu 22 Jul, 2021

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

FREE | Registration essential

DURATION

2 hours

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable ages 15+. Mature themes and coarse language.

Metro Arts respects First Nations communities and cultures. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this film may contain the images, voices, and names of deceased people.

AWARDS | NOMINATIONS

  • Finalist AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY CONFERENCE (Best Feature Documentary)

  • Winner AACTA (Best Documentary Award)

  • Winner ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL (Feature Documentary Award)

  • Winner ADELAIDE FILM FESTIVAL (Inaugural Change Award)

  • Nominated AACTA (Best Editing in Documentary)

  • Nominated AACTA (Best Sound in a Documentary)

CREDITS

Directors
Nel Minchin
Wayne Blair

Producer
Ivan O’Mahoney

Co-Producer
Nel Minchin

Executive Producer
Ivan O’Mahoney
Nial Fulton

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

LESBIAN LOVE STORIES

LESBIAN LOVE STORIES

LESBIAN LOVE STORIES

By Natasha Veselinovic & Chloe Taylor

Presented by Metro Arts & The Local Lesbians

But you don’t look gay?

Lesbian Love Stories is a concert-style cabaret performed by three local lesbians and one rockin’ pianist.

Featuring anonymous true tales of love from across the globe, this heart-warming performance is delivered through song and speech by powerhouse women with vocals to match.

Stories will be shared, drinks may be split, and we promise not to tell anyone how you smudged your lipstick…

Don’t miss this new honest and fun show, with an awkward moment (or three) thrown in for good measure.

DATES

Fri 23 Jul, 2021

TIME

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession
$32 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $32 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

60 minutes

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Contains adult themes and sexual references.

THE ARTISTS

Natasha Veselinovic
Natasha Veselinovic is musical theatre performer, writer, and visual artist. She graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Theatre (Griffith University). Her previous theatre credits include, Cover Madame Thenardier, in Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables (Asia and Dubai tours), The Railway Children (Alex Parker Theatre Company, Cadogan Hall, London), The Girls From Oz (London Hippodrome, and Live at Zedel, London), Woman 2, 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (Australian Premiere), Claire, UniReach (Australian Regional Tour), and Killer Queens (Brisbane Powerhouse). Natasha has co-written and performed in three cabarets – Villains (Brisbane Powerhouse & QACI), Once Upon A Time (Toulouse Lautrec, London), and Lesbian Love Stories (Brisbane Powerhouse & RPAC).

Chloe Taylor
Chloe Taylor graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a BMus (Musical Theatre) in 2013. Since then she has performed professionally both nationally and internationally as a singer, dancer, actor and writer. Some theatre credits include – Hold Me Touch Me/The Producers (Brisbane Powerhouse), Ensemble & Dance Captain/State of Origin:The Musical (Princess Theatre), Victor/Victoria/ Six Inches (Brisbane Powerhouse), Blonde/The Girls From Oz (UK tour), Belle/Beauty & the Beast (UK Tour), Cinderella/Cinderella (UK Tour), Vocalist & Dancer/Boy&Girl (Brisbane Powerhouse), Miss Gardner/Carrie (Brisbane Powerhouse). She has also co-created three cabaret shows that she performed in – Villains, (Brisbane Powerhouse & QACI), Once Upon A Time (Toulouse Lautrec, London), and Lesbian Love Stories (Brisbane Powerhouse & RPAC).

Jahla Black
Jahla is a Musical theatre performer and writer. Having only recently graduated in 2020 from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre, she is fresh on the scene. Whilst at the Conservatorium she was cast as The Drowsy Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone, Monica in Elegies and Elphaba in Wicked. Since graduating, Jahla Co-wrote and performed in Committed, Content, Confused, to a sold-out season at the Wynnum Fringe festival. Jahla is stoked to be joining The Local Lesbians for Lesbian Love Stories at Metro Arts.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH THE ARCHITECTS OF SOUND

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH THE ARCHITECTS OF SOUND

AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH THE ARCHITECTS OF SOUND

By The Architects of Sound & Friends

Presented by Metro Arts

“They do not make music, they are not musicians. They are The Architects of Sound.”

Brisbane’s finest electronic trash trio are bigger, better, and gayer than ever and here to treat your ear holes to some sound.

Sexy, intelligent, thought provoking. Are they all these things? We’ll never know. The only thing that’s for sure: they are downright genius and on the comeback tour of the millennium.

Get intimate with Valencia Low-Fi, Amaro Mayfair and Sutro, as they perform your favourite sonic memoirs from years past. Prepare yourself for classic hits such as “Clap My Beat” and “Titties in Paradise”, and if you’re lucky they may even perform some new works of genius.

As if they haven’t already given you people enough, The Architects have also graciously invited their favourite friends to entertain and delight you.

DATES

Thu 29 Jul, 2021

TIME

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession
$32 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $32 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

2 hours with interval

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 18+. Course language, mild nudity, sonic genius. 

Photo by Georgia Wallace.

THE ARTISTS

The Architects of Sound
The Architects of Sound are an established Brisbane-based alternative, independent electronic trash trio whose native, instrumental sound was forged in a West End garage during a fierce electrical storm in 2012. Maintaining an anti-careerist, anti-music industry attitude, the trio rose to public recognition in early 2013 after a rare underground showcase of a compilation demo-tape went viral on Vine, garnering strong positive critical acclaim in numerous underground Brisbane music zines. Regarded for their minimalist, stripped-down vocal style, meditative and organic post-electro anthems and low-fi music aesthetic, the trio have released their EP The Holy Trinity (2016), and begun work on their second debut album ARTFAP to be released exclusively through Limewire; a sonic exploration of the abstract concepts of divinity, desire and sacrifice in contemporary art culture.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

THE PEOPLE’S DANCE PARTY

THE PEOPLE’S DANCE PARTY

THE PEOPLE’S DANCE PARTY

By Bring a Plate Dance

Presented by Metro Arts

The People’s Dance Party – Celebrating diverse bodies, identities and movement!

Come watch, listen, learn and if you’re feeling it get up and dance! Brought to you by local groovers Bring a Plate Dance, join us on an immersive dance journey and witness the passion, artistry and diversity of Meanjin’s dance community.

Featuring pop-up performances throughout the night each one spilling into facilitated crowd participation and echoed through the music that follows, lifting the lid on our moving city and inviting you to move to its ‘riddims’!

DATES

Fri 30 Jul, 2021

TIMES

6:30pm + 8:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $35 + booking fee
Concession
$32 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $32 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

75 minutes per session

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages.

THE ARTISTS

Bring A Plate (BAP)
Bring A Plate (BAP) is an inclusive dance company that has been bringing people together, celebrating diversity, and creating safe spaces since 2017. BAP can be found activating urban and green spaces through participatory dance and storytelling across Meanjin and beyond. Founded on the pillars of community, inclusion, creativity, agency, sustainability, and fun, BAP challenges Australian society’s perception of who can dance, how to dance, and where to dance.  We do this through our weekly outdoor community dance classes, site-specific performances and flashmobs, inclusive dance parties, and dancing in public whenever we can. 

The People’s Dance Party has been running sporadically since 2019, bringing together a menagerie of professional dance artists and community performers from across Meanjin’s incredibly rich and resilient dance communities. It aims to educate, cross-pollinate and stimulate both artists and audiences.  We guarantee you will be moved!

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS: TEN YEARS ON IN TŌHOKU

COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS: TEN YEARS ON IN TŌHOKU

COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS: TEN YEARS ON IN TŌHOKU

/ 温情の地:震災から10年の東北

Curated by Emily Wakeling

Presented by Metro Arts

This exhibition of contemporary Japanese art observes 10 years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

Japanese artists Lieko Shiga, Motoyuki Shitamichi, Masahiro Hasunuma, Kyun-chome, Masaharu Satō, Natsumi Satō and Haruka Komori, along with Japanese-Australian artists Chaco Katō and Mayu Kanamori, address and record the physical and social impacts of major loss on what could be described as ‘compassionate grounds’. This term is commonly heard in pandemic times when discussing exceptions for those suffering, but in this case is an artistic reference to the fraught relationship many disaster survivors have with their lost or unrecognisable lands and homes.

Join us for a curator’s tour of the exhibition Saturday 21 August. This will be followed by a free film screening in the Metro Arts Studios. Visit our website closer to the event for further information and to register.

 

CURATOR TALK WITH EMILY WAKELING
+ FREE FILM SCREENING

Join us for a curator’s tour of the exhibition Saturday 21 August. This will be followed by a free film screening in the Metro Arts Studios.  >> Find our more and register for the screening here.

 

DATES

Mon 9 – Sat 28 Aug, 2021

Curator’s Tour + Film Screening:
3pm, Sat 21 Aug | FREE
Find out more / Register

GALLERY HOURS

Mon 9 – Thu 12 Aug  8am – 4.30pm
Fri 13 Aug  8am – 3pm
Sat 14 Aug 
10am – 6pm
Sun 15 Aug  CLOSED
Mon 16 – Fri 20 Aug  8am – 4.30pm
Sat 21 Aug  10am – 6pm (Curator Tour / Screening)
Sun 22 Aug  CLOSED
Mon 23 – Fri 27 Aug  8am – 4.30pm
Sat 28 Aug  10am – 6pm

VENUE

Gallery One + Gallery Two + Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End

Image credit: Calling (Japanese version) by Masaharu Satō, 2014. © Estate of Masaharu Satō. Courtesy of Mihoko Ogaki, imura gallery and KEN NAKAHASHI Gallery.

THE ARTISTS

Masahiro Hasunuma was born 1981 in Tokyo and completed graduate studies at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2010. In 2016 he received a Japanese government sponsored scholarship to continue his creative studies in Berlin. His work has been part of the 2015 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale and the 2016 Setouchi Triennale. His drawings and watercolour landscapes are presented as both video and analogue animations via flip books (kinora). www.hasunuma-masahiro.com/

Chaco Katō was born in Japan and moved from Tokyo to Melbourne in the late 1990s. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and gained a Master of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1998. In 2009 she founded the Slow Art Collective, a collaborative project seen in National Gallery of Victoria, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, and the Ian Potter Museum of Arts. As a solo artist, Katō has been an exhibiting artist-in-residence in Kochi AIR, as well as delivering projects in France and Singapore. www.chacokato.com/

Kyun-chome is a two-person art unit, including Eri Homma and Nabuchi, established in 2011. They work closely with communities to create art that will benefit both the artists and their subjects. They began making works together to artistically respond to the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis. One of their earliest projects was collaborating with Fukushima evacuees at their temporary housing outside the evacuation zone. www.kyunchome.com

Natsumi Seo & Haruka Komori have collaborated since 2012. Seo was born in Tokyo in 1988 and Komori in Shizuoka in 1989. Together they graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts and moved to Rikuzentaka in the Tōhoku region in 2012 to respond to the town’s decimation and post-tsunami recovery. Their film studio NOOK specialises in documentary films about the Tohoku region. They continue to take their film, photography, text and art works to small spaces across Japan. Seo & Komori were part of the 2020 Ebisu International Festival for Art & Alternate Visions (Yebizo). komori-seo.main.jp/

Masaharu Satō was born in 1973 in Oita and died in 2019 in Tokyo. Satō studied painting at Tokyo University of the Arts and sculpture at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Germany. He received the Special Award at the 12th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art in 2009. Solo exhibitions included Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo). He was also shown in group exhibitions in France, China, Serbia and the US, and his final exhibition as a living artist was ‘Roppongi Crossing’ at the Mori Art Museum in 2019. 

Lieko Shiga was born in 1980 in Aichi prefecture and currently lives and works in Miyagi in the Tohoku region of Japan. She underwent art education at the Chelsea College of Art in London. In addition to her highly successful photobooks, in 2015 she was included in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art and in 2020 she had a solo exhibition at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. www.liekoshiga.com/

Motoyuki Shitamichi was born in 1979 in Okayama, and lives and works in Aichi. His work was recently seen as part of the Japan Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale. His work has been exhibited since 2001 in Japan and since 2008 internationally. Exhibitions have included Gwangju Biennale in 2012 and 2018, Mori Art Museum’s ‘Roppongi Crossing’ series in 2013 and a solo exhibition on Setouchi art island in 2019, where now lives and works. m-shitamichi.com/

Mayu Kanamori was born 1963 in Tokyo and migrated to Sydney in 1981. She is a multi-disciplinary artist, photographer, poet and playwright. With a background in photographic and radio journalism, she is also founder of Nikkei Japan, a group devoted to researching and interpreting the history of Japanese diaspora in Australia. Kanamori has undergone several artist residencies including National Library of Australia, and had exhibitions across Australian academic, art and theatre institutions since 1996. https://mayu.com.au/

Emily Wakeling is a curator and art writer specialising in contemporary Japanese art. She has a Masters in Art History from the University of Queensland. After several years in Tokyo as a lecturer, editor and art writer, Emily was part of the curatorial team for the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. She is currently Assistant Curator at Artspace Mackay.

Masahiro Hasunuma

Chaco Katō

Kyun-chome

Natsumi Seo & Haruka Komori

Masaharu Satō

Lieko Shiga

Motoyuki Shitamichi

Poem by Mayu Kanamori

Curated by Emily Wakeling

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, plus support from Bus Projects and Metro Arts.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

West End Film Festival 2021

West End Film Festival 2021

WEST END FILM FESTIVAL 2021

An event by West End Community Association

EVENT UPDATE | West End Film Festival

As the current Brisbane lockdown has been extended, the West End Film Festival can no longer proceed in our theatre. However, some good news, you will still be able to get your film fix from the comfort of your home, as the 2021 WEFF program of short films will now be delivered online through Vimeo.

Current ticket holder will now have received full access details via email, and online bookings for new ticket buyers open on Thursday 5 August. 

WEFF is back in 2021! Well, we were back, celebrating our 11th year of sharing great Australian short films with Brisbane audiences. Then Covid hit. And then lockdown…

And now we’re back again! This time, for the first time, online here on Vimeo On Demand. TICKETS GO ON SALE FROM THU 5 AUGUST 2021.

We’re offering, with our Official Selection filmmakers permission, two great sessions of Australian shorts most of which were made around the country over the past 12 months.

Each session runs for just over 95 minutes and offers you 13 fantastic and diverse films we’ve selected as our final program. You can even vote on your favourite film by entering your unique confirmation code from Vimeo into our voting system.

Show your support for locally made films and a great community event by purchasing your ticket today and enjoy these great films in the comfort of your home.

To find out more about the films in each session go to our program at westendfilmfestival.com.au/programme

PLEASE NOTE:

Tickets for the online screenings of West End Festival Short Film Program go on sale on Thursday 5 August.

If you are a prior ticket holder for the original event, please check your email for full access and refund options, should you not be able to attend.

TICKETS

Online Festival Tickets $12 / per session + booking fee

DURATION

Each session is 95minutes
Sessions are available to watch online for seven days, from the initial event date.

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages. Some short films may include occasional coarse language and references to adult themes. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the film. 

ABOUT WEST END FILM FESTIVAL

For over 10 years we’ve presented quality annual programs of short films with a prize pool that’s grown since our humble beginnings. 

Despite the short submissions period, Australian short film makers have stepped up to submit and we’re excited to offer you an exciting program of shorts and music videos! 

WEFF was established in 2009 by a group of local film makers focused on supporting grassroots film makers, and continues to connect with this founding objective today. Forging relationships with local communities, and encouraging collaborations among artists, the festival highlights the importance of creativity and connection. 

WEFF has grown to be one of Brisbane’s most loved film festivals, celebrating the community, culture, and diversity that is uniquely West End.

www.westendfilmfestival.com.au

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

WEFF is an event by West End Community Association and is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council, The Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund, Screen Queensland and the Queensland Government.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

CURATOR TALK + FREE FILM SCREENING

CURATOR TALK + FREE FILM SCREENING

CURATOR TALK WITH EMILY WAKELING + FREE FILM SCREENING

Join us for a curator’s tour of our current exhibition Compassionate Grounds: Ten Years on in Tōhoku. This will be followed by a free film screening in the Metro Arts Studios.

EXHIBITION:
COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS: TEN YEARS ON IN TŌHOKU
温情の地:震災から10年の東北

Curated by Emily Wakeling
This exhibition of contemporary Japanese art observes 10 years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

Japanese artists Lieko Shiga, Motoyuki Shitamichi, Masahiro Hasunuma, Kyun-chome, Masaharu Satō, Natsumi Satō and Haruka Komori, along with Japanese-Australian artists Chaco Katō and Mayu Kanamori, address and record the physical and social impacts of major loss on what could be described as ‘compassionate grounds’. This term is commonly heard in pandemic times when discussing exceptions for those suffering, but in this case is an artistic reference to the fraught relationship many disaster survivors have with their lost or unrecognisable lands and homes.

FILM:
DOUBLE LAYERED TOWN / MAKING A SONG TO REPLACE OUR POSITIONS (2019)

「二重のまち/交代地のうたを編む」

by Natsumi Seo and Haraku Komori 

Rikuzentakata was one of dozens of coastal towns in northeastern Japan hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and its post-tsunami story is the long-time subject of collaborators Natsumi Seo and Haruka Komori. Double layered town / making a song to replace our positions (2019) follows four university-age visitors who listen to the stories of townspeople who lived through the disaster. They walk around areas under construction, and listen to intimate stories of loss and trauma inside people’s cramped temporary living spaces. The young people then regroup and discuss what to do with the stories they have heard. Japanese language film with English subtitles, 79 minutes.

Note: Registration is not required for the Curator Talk

 

CURATOR TALK + FREE FILM SCREENING

3pm, Sat 21 Aug | Curator Talk with Emily Wakeling

4pm, Sat 21 Aug | Free film screening 
Double layered town / making a song to replace our positions (2019) 

VENUE

Artist Talk: Gallery One + Gallery Two + Window Gallery
Film Screening: Metro Arts Studios

GALLERY HOURS

Fri 13 Aug  8am – 3pm
Sat 14 Aug 
10am – 6pm
Sun 15 Aug  CLOSED
Mon 16 – Fri 20 Aug  8am – 4.30pm
Sat 21 Aug  10am – 6pm (Curator Tour / Screening)
Sun 22 Aug  CLOSED
Mon 23 – Fri 27 Aug  8am – 4.30pm
Sat 28 Aug  10am – 6pm

EXHIBITION ARTISTS

Masahiro Hasunuma was born 1981 in Tokyo and completed graduate studies at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2010. In 2016 he received a Japanese government sponsored scholarship to continue his creative studies in Berlin. His work has been part of the 2015 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale and the 2016 Setouchi Triennale. His drawings and watercolour landscapes are presented as both video and analogue animations via flip books (kinora). www.hasunuma-masahiro.com/

Chaco Katō was born in Japan and moved from Tokyo to Melbourne in the late 1990s. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and gained a Master of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1998. In 2009 she founded the Slow Art Collective, a collaborative project seen in National Gallery of Victoria, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, and the Ian Potter Museum of Arts. As a solo artist, Katō has been an exhibiting artist-in-residence in Kochi AIR, as well as delivering projects in France and Singapore. www.chacokato.com/

Kyun-chome is a two-person art unit, including Eri Homma and Nabuchi, established in 2011. They work closely with communities to create art that will benefit both the artists and their subjects. They began making works together to artistically respond to the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis. One of their earliest projects was collaborating with Fukushima evacuees at their temporary housing outside the evacuation zone. www.kyunchome.com

Natsumi Seo & Haruka Komori have collaborated since 2012. Seo was born in Tokyo in 1988 and Komori in Shizuoka in 1989. Together they graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts and moved to Rikuzentaka in the Tōhoku region in 2012 to respond to the town’s decimation and post-tsunami recovery. Their film studio NOOK specialises in documentary films about the Tohoku region. They continue to take their film, photography, text and art works to small spaces across Japan. Seo & Komori were part of the 2020 Ebisu International Festival for Art & Alternate Visions (Yebizo). komori-seo.main.jp/

Masaharu Satō was born in 1973 in Oita and died in 2019 in Tokyo. Satō studied painting at Tokyo University of the Arts and sculpture at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Germany. He received the Special Award at the 12th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art in 2009. Solo exhibitions included Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo). He was also shown in group exhibitions in France, China, Serbia and the US, and his final exhibition as a living artist was ‘Roppongi Crossing’ at the Mori Art Museum in 2019. 

Lieko Shiga was born in 1980 in Aichi prefecture and currently lives and works in Miyagi in the Tohoku region of Japan. She underwent art education at the Chelsea College of Art in London. In addition to her highly successful photobooks, in 2015 she was included in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art and in 2020 she had a solo exhibition at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. www.liekoshiga.com/

Motoyuki Shitamichi was born in 1979 in Okayama, and lives and works in Aichi. His work was recently seen as part of the Japan Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale. His work has been exhibited since 2001 in Japan and since 2008 internationally. Exhibitions have included Gwangju Biennale in 2012 and 2018, Mori Art Museum’s ‘Roppongi Crossing’ series in 2013 and a solo exhibition on Setouchi art island in 2019, where now lives and works. m-shitamichi.com/

Mayu Kanamori was born 1963 in Tokyo and migrated to Sydney in 1981. She is a multi-disciplinary artist, photographer, poet and playwright. With a background in photographic and radio journalism, she is also founder of Nikkei Japan, a group devoted to researching and interpreting the history of Japanese diaspora in Australia. Kanamori has undergone several artist residencies including National Library of Australia, and had exhibitions across Australian academic, art and theatre institutions since 1996. https://mayu.com.au/

Emily Wakeling is a curator and art writer specialising in contemporary Japanese art. She has a Masters in Art History from the University of Queensland. After several years in Tokyo as a lecturer, editor and art writer, Emily was part of the curatorial team for the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. She is currently Assistant Curator at Artspace Mackay.

Masahiro Hasunuma

Chaco Katō

Kyun-chome

Natsumi Seo & Haruka Komori

Masaharu Satō

Lieko Shiga

Motoyuki Shitamichi

Poem by Mayu Kanamori

Curated by Emily Wakeling

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, plus support from Bus Projects and Metro Arts.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

Natsuko

Natsuko

NATSUKO

Brisbane Music Festival presents

One of Australia’s top classical music superstars, Natusko Yoshimoto is highly regarded as one of the country’s best artists. For eleven years she was the concertmaster of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and is a former leader of the Australian String Quartet. In partnership with Brisbane Music Festival Artistic Director Alex Raineri, Yoshimoto performs three staple works of the violin + piano repertoire.

This promises to be a major highlight of the 2021 Brisbane Music Festival, not to be missed!

DATES

3pm + 7.30pm, Thu 19 Aug

TICKETS

General Admission: $50 + booking fee
Concession: $30 + booking fee
Student: $20 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION 

60 mins

THE ARTISTS

Natsuko Yoshimoto
Born is Japan, Natsuko Yoshimoto has been in great demand as a soloist, chamber musician and a concertmaster and has held positions as a leader of many of the esteemed chamber groups and orchestras such as the Australian String Quartet, the Grainger Quartet and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. She has collaborated in chamber music with players like Pinchas Zukerman, Heinz Holliger, Anthony Marwood and Stephen Kovacevich and has frequently performed with many of the Australia’s top chamber groups. She lives in Brisbane and is a member of Ensemble Q and teaches at the Queensland Conservatorium and University of Queensland. 

Alex Raineri, Artistic Director
Described by Limelight Magazine as “a soloist of superb virtuosic skill and musicality”, Australian classical pianist Alex Raineri (b. 1993) is internationally active as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. International performances include tours throughout California, South-East Asia, United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Germany and Austria. He is the Artistic Director of the annual Brisbane Music Festival and is a passionate exponent of contemporary music having given over 130 World Premieres to date.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

The Bombshells Ball: August Redux

The Bombshells Ball: August Redux

THE BOMBSHELLS BALL:
AUGUST REDUX

Presented by The Bombshell Burlesque 

Join us for an evening of titillation, tassels and tease starring Brisbane’s best bump and grind babes and nifty novices at our new Metro Arts home.

The graduation performance for term four students of The Bombshell Burlesque Academy, The Bombshells Ball features both professional performers and debuts by emerging Burlesque babes! Come and cheer on your favourite Bombshells in a show with more glamour, glitter and garters than you can poke a feather at!

 

Featuring performances by graduating students of The Bombshell Burlesque Academy
MC: Chocolate Boxx
Magnolia Knife

Martini McFly

Introducing:
Ali Amalfi

Tallulah Sweete
Melon Degenerate
Precious Venus
Xtina Colada
Cora Confetti
Dahlia Dyer
 

DATES

Sun 22 Aug, 2021
3pm & 6pm

TICKETS

$40 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

DURATION

2 hours, including interval.

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for audiences aged 18+ only.
May contain strobe and haze effects, adult themes, language and implied nudity.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

THE MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

Brisbane’s hottest contemporary artists give up-cycling new meaning in this innovative exhibition.

In 1913 Marcel Duchamp created the work Bicycle Wheel, a work that changed the course of contemporary art by elevating ordinary objects to the status of art. 

In 2021, after 10 successful years and four million trips, the Brisbane CityCycle program is ending. In a fascinating new Metro Arts Commission, our retired CityCycles are reimagined by artists Ross Manning, Kinly Grey, Susan Hawkins, Aishla Manning and Sarah Poulgrain, in collaboration with young people through Traction.

The pieces will be shown across Metro Arts’ galleries as a reflection of both art history and the urgent issues of the need for environmental awareness and sustainability.

 

DATES

Fri 3 – Sun 26 Sep, 2021

OPENING EVENT

Sat 4 Sep, 4pm

EXHIBITION OPENING HOURS

Mondays  8am – 5pm
Tuesdays – Fridays  8am – 10pm
Saturdays  10am – 10pm
Sundays  10am – 4pm

VENUE

Gallery One + Gallery Two | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

FREE

THE ARTISTS

Ross Manning

Known for large-scale public artworks, Manning creates kinetic sculptures from everyday materials such as fans, lights and electronics. Showcasing the construction and materials, he produces hypnotic exchanges between light, sound and movement.

Aishla Manning

An interdisciplinary artist working predominantly with video and assembled objects to explore the tensions, absurdity and humour of the everyday. Aishla Manning has exhibited extensively in Queensland and co-founded The Laundry Artspace in 2015.

Kinly Grey

Kinly Grey engages sensory experience and expanded poetics to explore art as affect. Taking form across mediums and placing viewer experience at their centre, Grey’s works often require participation or enactment for their realisation.

Sarah Poulgrain

Poulgrain considers the repercussions of post-work labour autonomy for artists. Working across video installation, ceramics, sewing, animation and audio production, her practice explores the experiences of shame, skill sharing and self-empowerment.

Susan Hawkins

Susan Hawkins creates sculptures and installations from reclaimed industrial and domestic objects. The works consider their forgotten symbolic power while highlighting the symbolic bias of our personal and public surroundings.

Traction

Traction empowers young people to build positive futures through mentoring and hands-on learning designed to build confidence and skills.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

WEREDINGO

WEREDINGO

WEREDINGO

Karul Projects

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

Come in, grab a biccy and a cuppa. All shapes and kinds are accepted here, this is a safe space – but not your usual support group.

Weredingo offers a fictional world where shapeshifters are hunted for their duality, meeting in secret to safely shift into their animal forms and congregate with their feathered or furry brethren.

This powerful new dance-theatre work combines storytelling with Karul Project’s distinctive contemporary dance style and a dash of humour.  Led by a First Nations team, this story is brought to life alongside beautiful animations by Jake Duczynski of Studio Hackett, and projection by Wirrim Studios.

 

If you’re ready to join the support group, wear your animal loud and proud. Whether fur, fleece or feathers, beaks, claws or tails – all animals and outfits are welcome!

 

DATES

Fri 3 – Sat 11 Sep, 2021

Previews 3 & 4 September, 2021

TIMES

Tue – Sat 7:30pm
Sat 11 Sep 1:30 pm+ 7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42*
Concession $35*
Previews $35*
Groups 6+
$35*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

Includes ticket + pre-show dinner at our partner restaurants Cheeky Poke Bar and Beirut Baazar:
General $70 / Concession $63 / Groups 6+ $63
+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

SHOW DURATION

50 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended for ages 12+. Contains haze, strobe lighting and coarse language. 

Image by Mick Richards

THE ARTISTS

Thomas E.S. Kelly  Director/Choreographer
Taree Sansbury  Rehearsal Director/Performer
Benjin Maza and Grayson Millwood  Performers
Selene Cochrane  Costume Designer
Sam Pankhurst  Sound Designer
Chloe Ogilvie  Lighting Designer
Isaac Drandic  Dramaturg
Studio Hackett  Animation 
Videography Wirrim Studio
BlakDance  Producer

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. Weredingo is produced by BlakDance and is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, City of Gold Coast, the City of Melbourne through Arts House, and was developed in the CultureLAB program with the assistance of Creative Victoria. Weredingo has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Queensland Theatre, and is supported by BlakDance, through BlakForm. BlakForm is funded through Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

AGAPI | ΑΓΑΠΗ & Other Kinds of Love

AGAPI | ΑΓΑΠΗ & Other Kinds of Love

AGAPI | ΑΓΑΠΗ
& OTHER KINDS OF LOVE

Luka Lesson

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

This century-hopping journey with the gods will make you fall in love with love all over again.

Australian poet and rapper, Luka Lesson, will fire up your heart and imagination with this powerful performance on love and affection, accompanied by cinematic scores and hip hop composed by Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s James Humberstone.

Inspired by his Greek heritage, Luka’s poignant poetry delves into selflove, erotic love, the love of strangers, the love of deep friendships and the ultimate agapi in this modern exploration of Plato’s The Symposium.

 

“Luka is masterful in his ability to weave words into heartbreaking, near cinematic life. The only sounds outside the music and the poetry were the gasps of the audience and a well-earned standing ovation.” – SCENESTR MAGAZINE

CANCELLED

Due to the current NSW Covid-19 restrictions and border closures, as a NSW based production, AGAPI & Other Kinds of Love will not be proceeding. All ticket holders have been refunded. 

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42*
Concession $35*
Previews $35*
Groups 6+
$35*

* + Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

Includes ticket + pre-show dinner at our partner restaurants Cheeky Poke Bar and Beirut Baazar:
General $70 / Concession $63 / Groups 6+ $63
+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

80 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Recommended for ages 12+. This show contains adult themes, haze, sexual references and course language.

Image by Jeff Andersen Jnr

THE ARTISTS

Luka Lesson Creator, Writer, Co-Director, Lead Performer
Vyvienne Abla Executive Producer
Sam Foster Co-Director
James Humberstone Composer 
Greta Kelly
Musician & Vocalist 
Ella Fence Musician & Vocalist 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. 

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

THIS AIN’T NO PUSSY SHOW

THIS AIN’T NO PUSSY SHOW

THIS AIN’T NO PUSSY SHOW

By Kate Harman with Toby Angus

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

Ever wondered if patriarchy was a pyramid scheme for men?

Kate has, and she ain’t pussying around; she has a boy to raise and he has questions.

Why are you shouting?

Am I really toxic?

How come you can say dick but I can’t say pussy?

Using text, movement, skateboarding, map-making and rap music This Ain’t No Pussy Show takes a poetic and personal dive into the relationship between mother and son.

It’s a messy, wild, unpredictable, and sometimes foolish terrain – this is their map, a navigation of danger and misunderstanding.

 

DATES

Thu 16 – Sat 18 Sep, 2021

NEW SHOW ADDED: Thu 16 Sep

TIMES

Thu + Fri 7:30pm
Sat 3pm + 7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42*
Concession $35*
Groups 6+
$35*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

Includes ticket + pre-show dinner at our partner restaurants Cheeky Poke Bar and Beirut Baazar:
General $70 / Concession $63 / Groups 6+ $63
+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+. Contains course language, strobe lighting and haze.

THE ARTISTS

Kate Harman – Concept/Direction/Performance
Kate Harman is an Australian dancer and choreographer. She has created and performed in dance, theatre, circus, performative installation and in projects created with amateurs and young people. She is a core member of The Farm, collaborating on works such as Cockfight, The Ninth Wave, Throttle and Helpmann Award winning TIDE. Her practice currently focuses on the notions of authenticity and connection, in the context of performance. Her works have been presented nationally and internationally in the contexts such as Dance Massive, Darwin Festival, Bleach Festival, Festival 2018 (for the Commonwealth Games), the United Kingdom through Dance Touring Partnership and GAM, Chile. As a performer she has been nominated for a Greenroom Award and with The Farm won a Helpmann, Drovers and most recently an Australian Dance Award.

Toby Angus – Performer/Collaborator
Toby Angus is an active 16 year old, with a wide range of interests including music, skateboarding, boxing and performing. He trained with The Farm through the Greenhouse program, performing in several projects, the most notable being The Ninth Wave, as part of Bleach Festival 2018. He performed in the opening of Bleach Festival 2017 in the work Horizons with Angels as part of the children’s chorus and his first professional performance was in the work Sundowner by Kage Physical Theatre, at The Arts Centre Gold Coast in 2012. He also featured in the music video, Paint this Land by Busby Marou in 2017. Outside of school he is currently learning guitar, training in boxing and taking voice/singing lessons.

Gavin Webber- Writer & Director
Gavin started dancing late after many lost years spent hitch-hiking, skiing, writing, camping and studying. Eventually he decided to start making art instead and joined Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre and following that Belgian company Ultima Vez. Throughout his career Gavin has worked between Australia and Europe and was Artistic Director of Dancenorth from 2005 to 2009. His present role is as co-Artistic Director of The Farm. He was awarded the Sidney Myer Individual Performing Arts Award in 2017, and with The Farm a Helpmann, a Drover’s Award and an Ausdance award. He also had a sandwich named after him in Lucia’s Cafe in Adelaide. Gavin has written text for a number of works over the past 15 years including Cockfight, Lawn, Food Chain & Remember Me as well as for Letzte Welten and You’re a Winner for Theatre Freiburg, Germany. Gavin completed a screenwriting course for AFTRS in 2020.

Min Collie-Holmes – Dramaturg
Melinda (Min) Collie-Holmes graduated from the NIDA Directing Course in 1997 and has worked in a diverse range of roles in both performing arts and community engagement, nationally and internationally over a 20 year professional career. She has worked as an Artistic Director, Director, CEO, Producer, Dramaturg and Strategic planner for a number of Australia’s leading arts and cultural organisations including Shopfront Theatre for Young People, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Theatre Company, Big h’Art, Contact Inc, Australian Art Orchestra, Darwin Festival, City of Gold Coast, Circa ( Festival 2018) and Bleached Arts. She has extensive directing and dramaturgy experience working with theatre and young people, having worked as the AD/ CEO for Shopfront Theatre for Young People in Sydney. She has delivered a vast range of projects and programs from international collaborations and commissions; to large-scale community projects; to projects that have developed and profiled local artists and arts organisations.

Kate Harman Concept/Direction/Performance

Gavin Webber Writer & Director

Toby Angus Performer/Collaborator

Min Collie-Holmes Dramaturg

Anna Whitaker Composition & Sound Design

Chloe Ogilvie Lighting Design & Production Management

Rozina Suliman Costume & Set Design

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. This Ain’t No Pussy Show is produced by The Farm with development support from La Boite as part of HWY 2020, and supported by Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance through The Makers Program – a commissioning project assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; the Regional Arts Development Fund which is a partnership between the Queensland Government and City of Gold Coast to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland; and proudly supported by HOTA Home of the Arts. Additional support from WOW Australia.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

THE MAKING OF MEN

THE MAKING OF MEN

THE MAKING OF MEN

WOW (Women of the World) Australia

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

How can we overturn cultural pressures and traditions, and raise men who are happy, emotionally secure, capable of love and tears? 

As every parent will attest, somewhere along the way, loving little boys learn a whole set of rules about what it takes to be a man – often with disastrous consequences for themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.

How can we overturn this cultural pressure and tradition, and raise men who are happy, emotionally secure, capable of love and tears? Bystander trainer Michael Jeh will lead this conversation with men making this change, including journalist David Leser, Men4Respect Coordinator for YFS Andrew Taukolo, and newly appointed MATE Ambassador Rhys Carroll.

This event is AUSLAN Interpreted. 

DATES

Sat 18 Sep, 2021

TIMES

4:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $20 + booking fee
Concession $15 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

75 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for all ages. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Adam Waters

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. 

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

WILBUR THE OPTICAL WHALE

WILBUR THE OPTICAL WHALE

WILBUR THE OPTICAL WHALE

Based on the book by Karen Lee Roberts

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

A fully immersive, interactive and accessible story for children about friendship and celebrating difference.

Created by inclusive theatre company indelabilityarts, Wilbur the Optical Whale is a fully immersive, interactive and accessible story for children about friendship and celebrating difference.

Using alternative storytelling methods, including interactive media with integrated Auslan, circus, music, movement and spoken word, this heartwarming production delivers a strong anti-bullying message and promotes acceptance.

All performances are relaxed allowing audiences to engage with the work on their own terms in a calm and inviting ‘underwater’ setting.

UNDERWATER SEA-SQUAD WORKSHOP

After purchasing tickets to a performance of Wilbur the Optical Whale you will receive an invitation to attend a FREE Underwater Sea-Squad Workshop prior to the show. Children choose an underwater sea creature to create using a variety of visual art methods, textures and colours while exploring themes of kindness, empathy and celebrating difference. When they attend the show, they will see their photographed artwork incorporated into the performance, and will know that they had a part to play in creating the magical underwater world of Wilbur the Optical Whale.

Book one of the Wilbur performances to receive your workshop invitation!

Workshop 1: Tue 21 Sep 11am
Artwork created in Workshop 1 will be included in the performances on Wed 22 Sep & Thu 23 Sep.

Workshop 2: Thu 23 Sep 2:30pm
Artwork created in Workshop 2 will be included in the performances on Fri 24 Sep & Sat 25 Sep.

DATES

Wed 22 – Sat 25 Sep, 2021

TIMES

Wed – Sat 10:30am
Thu & Sat 1pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $25 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DURATION

45 mins

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 3+. All performances will be relaxed and spaces will support needs of audiences. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. 

Image by Nick Morrissey

THE ARTISTS

Karen Lee Roberts Writer 
Catarina Hebbard Director 
Chancie Jessop & Jessica Bennett Set & Costumes Designers
Lee Evans AV design
Phil Hagstrom  Composer / Sound Designer
Elise Greig – Dramaturg
Clint Bolster Physical theatre performance

Performers:
Alexandra Ellen, Jack Rebbeck, Rebecca Alexander, Michel Labosse, David Waldie, Karen Lee Roberts, Davy Sampford, Kelsey Adams.

indelabilityarts
indelabilityarts is an inclusive theatre company that provides professional artistic and training opportunities for artists and community members who identify as having a disability. Our professional ensemble creates original work that communicates the lived experience of each artist across a range of performance modes to challenge the perceptions of audiences and industry alike. We further nurture the social, personal, physical and mental wellbeing of participants through our workshop series that offer ongoing
skills development and training for community members with a passion and interest in the performing arts. Through our inclusive practice we aim to foster acceptance and understanding for those who usually feel marginalised, discriminated against, or excluded from arts practice so that they can access and make work that both reflects their experience and caters to their needs. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. Wilbur the Optical Whale is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queenslandthe Federal Government through the Department of Social Services; Information, Linkages and Capacity Building program, Brisbane City Council, Flipside Circus, Civic Solutions and the Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund. 

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

FUNNY MUMMIES COMEDY GALA

FUNNY MUMMIES COMEDY GALA

FUNNY MUMMIES COMEDY GALA

By Jenny Wynter

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

Four hilarious Mamas. One Rocking Show.

Jump aboard the life-raft of laughter with award-winning comedian and mother of six, Jenny Wynter, for a smashing evening of comedy.

Launched with a mission to improve mothers’ mental health through laughter, Wynter has assembled some of Australia’s funniest comedians who also happen to have birthed loin fruit.

Joined by Kat Davidson, Bron Lewis and Jo Gowda, it’s tales of epic mothering fails, the crap parts of parenthood, and ever-relatable domestic dramas in two hours of comedic relief.

You’ll cackle, you’ll shriek, you’ll make like Patrick Swayze and have the time of your life.

DATES

Wed 22 – Sat 25 Sep, 2021

TIMES

7:30pm

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

General Admission $42*
Concession $35*
Groups 6+ $35*

* +Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

DINNER + SHOW PACKAGES

Includes ticket + pre-show dinner at our partner restaurants Cheeky Poke Bar and Beirut Baazar:
General $70 / Concession $63 / Groups 6+ $63
+ Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

AGES + WARNINGS

Suitable for ages 15+.

THE ARTISTS

Jenny Wynter
Jenny Wynter is an award-winning comedian who has performed at festivals and venues all over the world. She got her start training in improvised comedy with some of the greatest teachers in the world including with Second City USA and Loose Moose Theatre in Canada. Her awards include Best Variety Show at United Solo Festival NYC, the Award for Excellence in Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe She won the ABC iView Pitch Perfect Award for her web series concept “Viking Mama!” (based on her live show of the same name), and is a Green Room Award nominee for Best Cabaret Writing. Jenny is a passionate mental health advocate and the founder of Funny Mummies™.

Kat Davidson
Seeing Kat on stage is like visiting an old friend you haven’t met yet. She’s shared the stage with the world’s best comics (Stephen K Amos, Steven Wright, Dave Hughes to shamelessly name drop a few), tamed a shed full of drunk miners, kept a 17 year marriage off the rocks and is currently being parented by her five year old. She can be heard regularly across Queensland ABC radio and has headlined the best clubs in Australia and Canada. She is also the co-producer of the highly successful Ladies Comedy Nights in Brisbane, can regularly be found at sea performing for huge crowds on P&O Cruise ships and enjoyed sell out seasons of her original show Untidy at the 2012 Brisbane Comedy Festival and husband and wife co-production He Said, She Said (with husband Stav Davidson) at Wonderland Festival.

Bron Lewis
Bron Lewis has recently escaped the bin-fire that is Melbourne, and has taken the Brisbane comedy scene by storm. A state finalist for Raw Comedy, and a four-time champion of The Moth Storytelling competition, Bron is a natural on the stage. Her passion for comedy is palpable, as is her sheer relief of having a night off mothering her three small kids. This woman will make you laugh – you can bet your bottom dollar on that.

Jo Gowda
Jo is an Indian born Australian stand up comic. As a RAW comedy finalist in 2019 and 2020, Jo will disarm you with her quick wit and cheeky sense of humour. Jo uses her humour to break barriers, shatter stereotypes and incite thought. you’ll find her humour relatable, amusing and sprinkled with dry wit. She describes herself as Australia’s second best import (after cricket of course).

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. 

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

Australia Independent Film Festival 2021

Australia Independent Film Festival 2021

AUSTRALIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2021

Presented by Australia Independent Film Festival

Join filmmakers and film lovers for one of Queensland’s biggest annual celebrations of independent cinema.

Brisbane’s very own Australia Independent Film Festival (AIFF) returns to Metro Arts West End bigger and better this October. 

Known internationally, AIFF showcases the very best Australian and international short films, documentaries, animations, experimental films and more, from Brisbane, Australia, and across the world.

AIFF gives filmmakers and film lovers a chance to watch amazing films that you won’t see anywhere else, mingle with like-minded individuals, and enjoy networking opportunities.

“Put this festival in your top 10” – Jhett Tolentino, Grammy & Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer

FRIDAY 1 OCTOBER | Opening Night – Around the World 1
Session 1 | Screening 7 – 9pm

AIFF 2021 begins with a bang. Join the opening night celebrations as we start our film journey in Queensland, travel around the world with some of the best international shorts, and finish here at home again. The bar will be stocked, so grab a drink, sit back and enjoy traversing the globe with a stellar night of films.

SATURDAY 02 OCTOBER | Keeping it Real (Documentaries)
Session 2 | Screening 1 – 3pm.

Documentary lovers – this session is for you. Join us for an afternoon dedicated to some amazing true stories sourced from all corners of the World, as well as a few from our own backyard. From Tibetan Opera to saving our favorite Aussie animals, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to see some unique stories on screen.

SATURDAY 02 OCTOBER | Around the World 2
Session 3 | Screening 4 – 6pm 

It’s time to travel the world again with AIFF21’s last session of international shorts. A mix of styles and genres takes you from the US all the way to China, with a few stopovers on the way.

SATURDAY 02 OCTOBER | Home Grown – Australian Shorts and Award Ceremony
Session 4 | Screening & Awards 7 – 9:30pm 

The night of nights. Last but definitely not least, AIFF20 presents some of the very best shorts from Brisbane, Queensland and across this great land. With a session full of thought provoking stories, we’re finishing on a high. Straight after the screening, we’ll celebrate the best of the best with our awards ceremony before heading to The Boundary Hotel to send off AIFF21 in style.

View the full screening program www.ausindefest.com/programme

DATES

Fri 1 – Sat 2 Oct, 2021

Session 1: 7pm, 1 October 2021
Session 2: 1pm, 2 October 2021
Session 3: 4pm, 2 October 2021
Session 4: 7pm, 2 October 2021

View the full screening program:
www.ausindefest.com/programme

TICKETS

General Admission $15 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

VENUE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End

AGES + WARNINGS

This event is recommended 15+. Some films contain coarse language, implied drug usage, nudity and mild violence. Please note – a lockout period applies. Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break in the screening. 

This event is supported by Screen Queensland through the Screen Culture Funding Program.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information.