A NEW OUTLOOK FOR FESTIVAL
AFTER a huge COVID-induced downturn, Brisbane’s arts industry is fighting back with a fantastic new festival kicking off next month.
Curiocity Brisbane – to run from March 12 to 28 – will feature 60 “Curiocities” across four precincts in the city.
This includes “Now You See
Me” – a giant pair of binoculars offering an alternative perspective on the world – and “The Immersive Guitar” – the world’s largest acoustic guitar. Curiocity Brisbane executive producer Theresa Famularo said the event was designed to be delivered in a COVID-safe manner, after having to cancel at the last minute in 2020.
“Having a lot of digital and augmented reality work offers us the opportunity to keep going if we went into lockdown again,’’ she says. “We could release a lot of the program onto our website and people could still enjoy it.’’
The event is expected to draw about 325,000 visitors and contribute $14m to the Queensland economy.
The World Science Festival Brisbane is part of the event, headlined by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki who describes the event as “like a party ... with science’’.
“And we should all be paying more attention to science,’’ he says.