QPAC’s biennial festival for children 8 years and under, Out of the Box is back this month with a rich arts program, curated to nurture children’s creativity and imagination, at a key period in their development.
The five-day Festival will run at QPAC, South Bank, Brisbane, from 26 June to 1 July 2018 (excluding Friday 29 June); over three days of the school term and the first weekend of Queensland’s June/July school holidays.
For more than 25 years Out of the Box has presented quality performance and cultural activity that celebrates and supports learning, play, curiosity and discovery for children and their carers as they learn and grow together. The Festival acknowledges the value and importance of the arts in education and life-learning.
The 2018 Festival program reflects the multiplicity of cultures that touch children’s lives in Australia today. It focuses on arts languages that children are expert in such as imagination, music and movement, and highlights the themes of journeys, self-discovery and belonging.
This year Festival goers can enjoy a full day of discovery with a Day Pass allowing them to plan their day of in-theatre experiences, activities, exhibitions and workshops.
In-theatre experiences include: The Arrival, a beautiful production recreated with New Zealand’s Red Leap Theatre Company and Out of the Box, adapted from the award-winning novel by Shaun Tan; Air Play, a large-scale circus-style spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe; Duck, a new theatre work especially created and commissioned by Out of the Box, based on the book by Janet A. Holmes and illustrator Jonathan Bentley; Slapdash Galaxy, an epic quest across the Galaxy; King of the Kids, featuring guitar, kazoo and rock n’ roll rhymes; Madame Lark, taking vocal flight with her musical saw; and Our Corka Bubs, an Aboriginal contemporary dance work for babies under two years and their carers.
Other Festival activities include Dance …Like No One is Watching, a program engaging children in schools across Queensland and culminating in giant outdoor dance parties during the Festival; Little Yawar, which will see children from various Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations across Queensland gathering to share and celebrate their culture; and various relaxing and fun Play Spaces.
Out of the Box workshops include Guru Dudu “Silent Disco Walking Tours” with headphones, and Here I Am Self Portraits. Jarjums Life Museums curated by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children will also be showcased throughout the Festival site.
For the full 2018 Out of the Box program and Day Pass bookings please go to www.outoftheboxfestival.com.au.