The past two years for the arts and culture industry have been a bittersweet paradox: the uptake in need for entertainment while job security falls through the floor.
As the country is stumbling to the kitchen to pour itself a cup of ambition this week, Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 is a musical for all the workers who have fantasised about making their boss disappear for a day, or a week.
It’s almost time to say goodbye to the comedy of errors that was 2021 and welcome 2022 into the world, InQueensland takes a look at what’s going on in arts and culture in the New Year, including jazz-age parties, hit Broadway musicals, and new beachside music festivals.
To celebrate the 40th birthday of the postponed Gympie Music Muster, Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers and Fanny Lumsden are headlining, with an added cash injection of $1 million from the federal government’s RISE fund.
The sixth batch of the controversial federal Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) fund will allocate $4 million to 11 Queensland arts and music events including the Gympie Music Muster, Brisbane Powerhouse, and the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra.
The Big Anxiety is one of the first mental health and arts festivals to land in Brisbane, using ‘radical creativity’ through art, technology, and workshops to allow attendees work through trauma and stress, asking how cultural spaces can be used for collective wellbeing.
After two years rescheduling, postponing, and going local, Bluesfest is ready to welcome overseas guests again. George Benson, Morcheeba, and The Wailers will join Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, Midnight Oil, and Crowded House for a huge five days in Byron Bay.