16 Aug 2018

Empire Theatre Launches Arts Festival

The Empire Theatre will come alive with activity this Spring with the first ever Thrive on Arts festival from September 21-30.

Coinciding with the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Thrive on Arts is an event for all ages, taking in family and children’s performance and workshops, music, drama, comedy and cabaret.

Families can enjoy a number of free events throughout the festival, including Story Time Sessions for a range of ages, Music and Movement sessions and Story and Drawing Sessions as well as a reading of children’s book, Bella’s Bad Hair Day set to music performed by members of the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra.

For those wanting an interactive experience, The Empire Church Theatre will be transformed into an exciting AMaze Cardboard Labyrinth over five days from September 24. Participants can build a wall, paint a picture and then come back a week later to see how the maze has grown and changed.

Outside on the Empire Theatre Lawn, a large bespoke sculpture will be taking shape as Paradise the Parrot is built from September 21, with the help of collaborators from the public who will contribute their own blocks that they have decorated on site.

Also on offer for children are a number of popular books brought to life on stage, including classic tale The Gruffalo on Saturday 29 September and Charlotte’sWeb on October 4-6 by local group, RAVA Productions.

From Australia’s finest guitar duo The Grigoryan Brothers, contemporary flamenco group Arrebato Ensemble and annual Empire Theatre favourite, Queensland Symphony Orchestra with a selection of music from popular films including Star Wars, Harry Potter and James Bond, Thrive has your music options covered.

Australian play, Hotel Sorrento and the return of interdisciplinary performance experiment Brief Encounters will provide entertainment on the Empire Theatres stages, offering both traditional and non-traditional theatrical experiences.

On the lighter side of entertainment, Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase places some of the hottest acts from this year’s festival on stage and Death By Soprano will be a comedic hit with those who love opera and those who hate it.

The hilarious Amity Dry brings her comedy cabaret, 39 Forever, to the Empire Theatre’s Armitage Centre for the perfect Girls Night Out, pondering if 40 really is the new 30.

For more information or to book tickets to performances included Thrive on Arts, contact the Box Office on 1300 655 299 or visit www.empiretheatre.com.au