The Courier-Mail

A NEW OUTLOOK FOR FESTIVAL

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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.

 ??  ?? Rocco Stone, 8, and Vienna Stone, 9, with Now You See Me. Picture: Mark Cranitch
Rocco Stone, 8, and Vienna Stone, 9, with Now You See Me. Picture: Mark Cranitch

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