Christmas has come early for Brisbane theatre lovers with the announcement that the Anywhere Theatre Festival has been awarded a Development and Presentation Grant by Arts Queensland.
“After the huge success of its inaugural event earlier this year, Anywhere Theatre Festival will receive $48,875 towards facilitating and producing a follow-up event in 2012.” Arts Minister, Ms Rachel Nolan said.
“This funding will also go towards ensuring the future sustainability of this truly unique Brisbane event which took theatre to kitchens, cars and footpaths!”
The inaugural Anywhere Theatre Festival ran in the greater Brisbane region in May 2011 and is returning May 10-19, 2012. After an initial plan of 40 performances over ten days, the festival ran 152 performances, more theatrical performances than the Brisbane Festival!
Performances for Brisbane audiences happened all across the city limits and beyond from Ipswich to St Helena Island as well as performances from and in Spain, Germany, Norway, the U.K. and the U.S.
“This is a huge boost,” said Paul Osuch Festival Director of the Anywhere Theatre Festival.” We ran the festival in 2011 on the smell of an oily rag and some fantastic inkind partnerships and this allows us to take the festival to a new level.”
The festival has a concept unique to Brisbane and the rest of the world.
“It is a festival anyone can be part of because it is about any type of performance that happens anywhere but a theatre.”, said Paul.
“By taking performance out of theatres we take the focus away from the city based big venues and put it in the suburbs where most of us live anyway.”
The festival is also the only fringe theatre festival in Brisbane and is open to anybody to perform.
“Just like the Edinburgh and Melbourne Fringe, the festival is open to anyone to put on a performance, whether it is the internationally renowned Circa and Queensland Theatre Company or a young playwright who wants to perform a new script in a house, park, coffee shop and open it to a bigger audience.”
To produce a show in the 2012 Anywhere Theatre Festival in May, performers, producers have until 31 January 2012 to register their idea.