Thrive on Arts


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Thrive on Arts is a creative space for young people, families and the wider community that celebrates play, imagination, creativity and storytelling from 21-30 September during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

The Empire Theatres will be transformed into a vibrant centre of artistic activity and interactive experiences across 10 days of the Spring school holidays. Participants of all ages will get to explore their world, indulge their creative instincts and get carried away by powerful storytelling.

The family program includes a mixture of activities to excite ages 1-15 years. But the fun is not just for the young ones, a wide variety of shows in the evening will have something for everyone from the young to the young at heart.

Whether it be music, drama, art or a workshop that brings you to the space, stay a while and try something new!

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Thrive on Arts is supported by the Toowoomba Regional Council through the Events Support Grant Program 


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts' Festivals Australia program. 


Drama and Entertainment

Hotel Sorrento

Hotel Sorrento 

by Hannie Rayson

Wednesday 26 September, 7.30pm
Empire Theatre 
Duration: Approximately 2 hours including a 20 minute interval 

Hotel Sorrento by Australian playwright Hannie Rayson is highly commercial and relateable comedy/drama and familial story. This award winning play, which inspired the film of the same name, tells the story of three sisters who grew up together in the seaside town Sorrento.

Hilary lives in the family home in Sorrento with her father and 16 year-old son. Pippa, a business woman, is visiting from New York and Meg, a successful writer, returns from England. When the three sisters are reunited after 10 years apart they again feel the constraints of family life. A semi autobiographical book written by middle sister and expat Meg triggers the familial tensions and dramas that eventuate. 

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Empire Cardholder $47.00 
Adult $52.00 
Concession $49.00 
Youth U25yrs $25.00 
Child U18yrs $20.00 
Group of 6 + $49.00ea 

Brief Encounters

Brief Encounters

Friday 28 September, 7.30pm 
Saturday 29 September, 7.30pm 
Heritage Bank Auditorium


Brief Encounters is an interdisciplinary performance experiment that fuses genres and pushes artistic boundaries. Five years on from when Brief Encounters first hit Toowoomba, this second iteration is set to create waves.

Originally conceived by the Tomorrow Collective in Vancouver, Canada in 2005, Brief Encounters will bring together 10 diverse artists from a variety of disciplines, put them in unusual pairs and give them two weeks to create a new work.

Artists can include dancers, musicians, film makers, Dj’s, visual artists, actors, designers – the sky is the limit. Curated by Kirsty Lee Brief Encounters will challenge artists and audiences alike to think beyond traditional limitations. 

Brief Encounters is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland