2015 Anywhere Festival launches 337 performances in 24 suburbs of Brisbane!

The fifth Anywhere Festival was launched on Wednesday 18th March with guests being asked to explore West End to find the launch location just like audiences will explore Brisbane in Anywhere Festival between 7-24 May.

Anywhere Festival is a festival of performance anywhere but traditional theatres that will take audiences into nooks and crannies they have never been before with 337 performances in 24 suburbs over 18 days.

Churches, bowling clubs, swimming pools, cafes, pubs, galleries and a strip club are just some of the 48 different locations for performances in this year’s festival of comedy, dance, music and theatre.

“It’s year five of Anywhere Festival in Brisbane,” said Paul Osuch, Co Artistic Director of Anywhere Festival,  “and it blows me away to see local artists and performers doing adventurous, exciting and fun work in locations that will be a real experience,”

“With performances from Seventeen Mile Rocks to Alderley, Carina to Ipswich, Anywhere Festival has become the performance festival that allows anyone to explore all of Brisbane.” said Alex McTavish, Co Artistic Director of Anywhere Festival.

Like the festival itself, the Anywhere Festival launch invited people to explore the nooks and crannies with an audio track that explored West End with some surprise performances in West End landmarks, before making their way to The Bearded Lady for the reveal of the festival program.

Once again, the festival is the best of Brisbane’s local performers, with more independent Brisbane based independent performers in one festival than any other festival.

“Anywhere Festival has become the place where people from all around Brisbane know to see the best local talent while exploring our amazing city,” said Paul

In the fifth year as Brisbane’s landmark performance festival, Anywhere Festival will also have shows in Brisbane’s best known landmarks – The Victory Hotel, The Valley Pool, Boggo Road Gaol, State Library of Queensland and the Woolloongabba Antiques Centre.

Some of the shows in more unconventional spaces include:

  • TURNING TRICKS 2, a show by a mentalist and magician in a Seventeen Mile Rocks shed to track down the truth about Jack the Ripper.
  • THE TOUCH INDUSTRY, theatre at the Fortitude Valley strip club Candy Bar
  • RABBAR, a special event where audiences receive a text two hours before the show telling them the start location
  • Acclaimed Zeal Theatre bring their play about a school visit to a prison full circle with its first ever staging inside a jail – BOGGO ROAD GAOL
  • GRITTY PEARL – Barb Fordham and Annie Morris perform in a mid century house in Carina as well as THE BOSSA NOVA SUNSET CLUB and THE PERFORMING NURSE.
  • Local poet and recipient of Edinburgh Fringe five star review Scott Wings, will present COLOSSI at The Bridge between High St (west) and Rosecliffe St (east), Highgate Hill

Anywhere Theatre Festival Limited is supported by Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

For full details, interviews, photos, contact Paul Osuch direct on 07 3102 4683 or anyone {@} anywherefest.com.

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Trivia / facts about Anywhere Festival

  • In 2015 Anywhere Festival is including The Collective Markets in South Bank and East Street Market in Hamilton and will be making announcements about other locations in Brisbane shortly.
  • Since 2011, there have been 277 works presented at Anywhere Festival, including 181 World Premiere works by local Brisbane artists.
  • The idea for Anywhere Festival came about because Brisbane performance makers had very limited performance opportunities in traditional theatres or were expected to pay a lot to use those space. To solve that problem we created a festival that used any space but a theatre, making it possible for local creatives to present work wherever the wanted
  • This festival will be the first year with no artistic teams involved in the first festival in 2011, demonstrating the depth of new talent in Brisbane.
  • Anywhere Festival started in Brisbane in 2011 and is now growing into a national brand with other festivals in Frankston Victoria (21 Aug – 6 September), Parramatta in New South Wales (8-17 May) and Mackay and Central Queensland (13 – 22 March).
  • Full list of Venues – West End Uniting Church, Soap Box (Boundary St Markets), Boggo Rd Gaol, Musgrave Park Pool, New Globe Theatre, Boundary Street Hotel, Lucky Duck, Vulcana Women’s Circus, Brisbane Modern, The Bridge between High St (west) and Rosecliffe St (east), Highgate Hill, Spiral Community Hub, Sip Cafe, The West End Markets Warehouse, Brisbane Boxing (West End), Brisbane Modern, SLQ (The Parlour), The Wellngton Road House, Collective Markets, Shri Yoga, Wooloongabba Antiques Centre, Flipside Circus, Vulcana Women’s Circus, Bright HQ, Ecclectica Esoteric Books and Curiosities, The Twig & Berry , Dancing Tiger Studio, Harris Terrace, That Flower Shop, Toowong Bowls, Woodlands of Marburg, Balmoral Park Morningside, Laruche, Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts, Valley Pool, Australian Modern , The New Globe Theatre, SAE Institute, Sip Cafe, Music 440, Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts, Lock ’n’ Load, The Victory Hotel, Private House, The Bean Cafe, The Bearded Lady , The Candy Club, Taylor King Gallery, The Mana Bar, Amerex Warehouse, The Bearded Lady, Murri Men’s Shed
  • Full list of Venues – Alderley, Brisbane City, Carina, Coorparoo, Dutton Park, Eagle Farm, Hamilton, Highgate Hill, Indooroopilly, Ipswich, Kangaroo Point, Marburg, Morningside, New Farm, Newmarket, Red Hill, Seventeen Mile Rocks, South Brisbane, Taringa, Teneriffe, The Valley, West End, Woolloongabba + secret suburbs to be announced.

Full list of shows