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      NAIDOC Week 2021
      It's NAIDOC Week and the 2021 theme is Heal Country! This theme calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.   In honour of NAIDOC Week and the First Peoples of this Nation who express their culture through music, dance and storytelling, the Empire Theatres ...
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      Help us make more dreams come true!
      Why not consider the Empire Theatres Foundation for your end of financial year donation. A Youth Bursary provided by the Empire Theatres Foundation was just the beginning of Sophie's dreams coming true. Read more about Sophie here... Your kind donation assists us to provide opportunities and allows people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the arts and benefit from creative expression. To...
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      Due to the lockdown in Melbourne that is expected to continue for at least seven days, next weekend’s performances by comedian Kitty Flanagan have been postponed until September. The Empire Theatres thanks patrons for their understanding and apologises for the inconvenience the postponement creates, particularly for those travelling long distances in order to attend. Current ticketholders have b...
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      More tickets available to Jenny Woodward one woman show.
      Due to popular demand, one woman show Weathering Well will now take place in the main auditorium of the Empire Theatre, with more tickets to the event now released. The performance will be on stage on Friday, 11 June at 7.30pm. This charming one woman show by revered weather presenter and University of Southern Queensland alumna Jenny Woodward, combines comedy, live music, video projections as...
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      Guy Noble returns to Empire Theatre with QSO
      Well known conductor and musician, Guy Noble returns to the Empire Theatre with Queensland Symphony Orchestra on May 6 to host a night of music inspired by the world’s best dramatic works. Shakespearean Classics explores the incredible musical pieces inspired by the Bard, including Mendelssohn’s iconic music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream through to Prokofiev’s extraordinary ballet music for Rom...
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      Nicky takes on Term 2 Workshops!
      For Empire Youth Arts new Lead Teaching Artist, Nicky Hauesler, carving out a career working both with young people and the arts has been years in the making. Nicky took on the new role following the departure of much-loved former Empire Youth Arts Director, Ari Palani at the end of January and although she officially commenced with the start of Term 1 Youth Arts workshops, Nicky has been a fixtur...
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      Vote for YOUR Theatre!
      YOUR Empire Theatre has been nominated for a Queensland Music Association People's Choice Awards for Best Regional Venue!   Our application for Best Regional Venue has been submitted but now it’s up to you… Queensland's best venues and festivals will be decided by 60% public vote, and 40% by an expert industry panel.   Public voting is now open and closes on Sunday 18 April at 11:59pm....
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      Registration are open for the Empire Theatres newest choir project, Sing On. Sing On will challenge local classical singers with interesting repertoire and provide the performance opportunities that were not available in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Sing On will develop across the year over three rounds of rehearsals, all of which will have their own Vocal Leader and performance, culminating...
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      Empire Youth Arts Podcasts Series Now Live
      The hard work of Empire Youth Arts 2020 Junior IMPACT Ensemble has paid off with the release of their Podcast project, Moodscapes. Created in partnership with University of Southern Queensland, this project was undertaken during 2020 while the live performance option was unavailable due to the pandemic. In keeping with the Empire Youth Arts philosophy of creating work for, with and by young people...
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      John Butler Postponed
      Due to the announcement of a positive COVID-19 case in Brisbane overnight, tonight’s performance by John Butler has been postponed to Saturday, 29th May. John Butler was due to play the Empire Theatre on Saturday 13 March. The Empire Theatres apologises for the inconvenience this last minute change will create, especially for those travelling.  A statement from John Butlers management: “It is with...
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      Live Music Back at the Empire Theatre
       Live music is officially back at the Empire Theatre with a host of well-known performers announcing upcoming performances this week. Returning to the Empire Theatre six years after his last Toowoomba appearance, Australia’s highest selling independent artist, John Butler will take to the stage for a solo one-off performance, on Saturday March 13. This performance is part of a limited number of sp...
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      Year of Youth Arts Kicks off in February!
      An exciting year of Youth Arts begins at the Empire Theatre this February! Empire Youth Arts workshops are run by highly qualified and experienced facilitators and teach students communication, and teamwork skills, while gaining a deeper understanding of their world through drama and performance. Term 1 Classes are offered in a number of age ranges from Grades 2 through to Young Adult commencing...
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      Christmas Operating Hours
      Oh what a year! The Empire Team are taking a very well deserved break after a year like no other. The Box Office and Administration Offices will close at 1pm Wednesday 23rd December and re-open at 9am Monday 11th January. Don't forget you can always purchase gift vouchers online if you are looking for a last minute gift! Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and looking forward to 2021!...
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      2021 Homegrown Independents Program
      Homegrown is the Empire Theatre’s Independents program encouraging the development and production of new and exciting works and allowing them space to be seen and presented. Independent producers are afforded expert advice and assistance to produce their event and the program is flexible and responsive to the individual needs of the producer. Homegrown is designed to provide access, develop commun...
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      Empire Theatre back to 100% capacity
      Following the Queensland Government’s easing of restrictions on live performance venues, the Empire Theatres are once again able to host events at 100% seating capacity across all spaces. As of 4pm on Tuesday November 17, indoor venues across the state can operate with one person per 2sqm or up to 100% of seated venue capacity with patrons in allocated seating. Empire Theatre ticketing staff are w...
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      Toowoomba Arts venues launch exciting opportunity for artists in 2021
      The Toowoomba Arts Footprint Artists in Residence program is a residency opportunity designed to fill an identified gap in career pathways, income security and professional development opportunities for emerging and established artists in regional Australia. Three $20,000 grants will be awarded to emerging or established artists, working and living in regional, remote or rural Queensland participa...
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      NEW Seating Plan
      The Empire Theatres has a new Queensland Health approved seating plan that allows for COVID regulation spacing between patrons while maximizing the number of seats available at a performance. The plan works by having two seats in use followed by two unoccupied seats. Therefore, patrons are encouraged to book tickets in multiples of two and your group will then be seated in pairs. This previous...
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      THIS WEEK: Thrive on Arts
      The Empire Theatre's third annual Thrive on Arts Festival is on the Empire Theatres Lawn from September 24-27 with a program of free events for the whole family. Including free lawn games, storytelling, arts and crafts activities as well as a roving clowning performance, the Empire Theatres Lawn will be a hub of activity. A range of live performances are available across the precinct including...
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      THIS WEEKEND: Queensland Ballet to delight at Empire Theatre
      The Empire Theatre will come alive when Queensland Ballet presents its new season 60 Dancers, 60 Stories on Saturday 19 September. The Company dancers created the works during the COVID-19 lockdown and has since turned the digital series into a live performance, set to inspire and delight audiences. Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Director Li Cunxin said returning to the stage has been a momentous o...
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      Queensland Ballet return to Empire Theatre this September!
      The Empire Theatre is thrilled to announce the addition of Queensland Ballet to the 2020 program, to be performed on September 19 during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Queensland Ballet’s 60 Dancers: 60 Stories was created in response to the lockdown earlier in 2020, which is also the 60th year of Queensland Ballet. 60 talented artists created 60 new works based on the theme of LOVE, aimed a...