10 Sep 2021

Empire lawn to be a hive of activity for THRIVE ON ARTS!

The Empire Theatre will once again come alive with creativity this school holidays for the annual Thrive on Arts festival.

Thrive on Arts, held at the Empire Theatres Precinct from September 23-26, is a creative festival for young people, families, and the wider community, celebrating play, imagination, creativity, and storytelling.

This year, Thrive will be abuzz as the festival celebrates everything about nature’s hardest worker… the Bee!

A large amount of the Thrive program are free family events including Storytime Under the Magnolia by First Five Forever, a roving clowning performance by You Me Three Clown Company, an informative Bee Talk by the Southern Beekeepers Association, Bee Garden installation by Junk Made, lawn games and scavenger hunt as well as The Hive; a chance for young visitors to get creative and make a worker bee to help build and fill our crafty hive.

Thrive features everything from circus and dance workshops for young people through to ticketed events including a screening of Bee Movie, a magic show by well known magician Christopher Wayne and Spin, a circus performance by acclaimed Queensland circus troupe, Circa Zoo.  

As always, Thrive on Arts will conclude with a reading of The Bear Who Loved to Dance by Monika Filipina Trzpil, accompanied by the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra who will bring this book to life with music on Sunday September 26 at 10.30am and 12.30pm.

This highly anticipated and engaging finale is a free event, however bookings are essential and can be made online, via phone or in person at the Empire Theatres Ticketing Office.

Empire Theatres Projects Manager, Jeanette Wedmaier said Thrive was an opportunity for families to take part in an immersive creative experience.

“Thrive on Arts has live entertainment, workshops and outdoor activities and this year our theme is the Bee! The Bee is the hardest worker in our gardens and at a time when we celebrate Spring, it seems natural to also celebrate the Bee,” Ms Wedmaier said.

“Bee’s are so un-aerodynamic, they shouldn’t be able to fly, but they don’t know that… so they do it anyway! They are a great symbol of tenacity and doing what you love, which is what Thrive is all about.”

Thrive on Arts is presented by Empire Theatres and C & K Childcare and Kindergarten with support from Toowoomba Region Libraries.

For more information or to book tickets for any of the performances in Thrive on Arts, contact the Empire Theatre on 1300 655 299 or visit www.empiretheatre.com.au