Anywhere Theatre Festival has worked with over 353 partners since 2011, providing an estimated $9m in benefits through leveraged branding, introducing new customers, providing added value for existing customers and networking opportunities.
For seven years, Anywhere Theatre Festival has worked with the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland to create opportunities for local independent artists to present work, to demonstrate how the arts can add value to local businesses and provide unique cultural (and let’s not forget, fun) experiences anywhere but a theatre.
Involvement represents more than just financial support; the team at Arts Queensland have consistently encouraged us to strive for better governance, growth and helped us to hone our creative business model to make Anywhere Theatre Festival better than it otherwise could be.
Anywhere Theatre Festival would like to thank Brisbane City Council and Brisbane
Marketing for their ongoing support in ensuring the success of the festival and making it easy to perform. Council were key in the development of the Anywhere Theatre app and website through Creative Sparks funding, while Brisbane Marketing elevated the awareness of the event.
Anywhere Theatre Festival Wollongong is supported by Wollongong City Council, Destination Wollongong and Wollongong Central. This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund.
WOLLONGONG CITY COUNCIL
Our City’s vibrant and varied cultural life celebrates the diverse heritage of all those who call Wollongong home. Supporting innovation within, and the growth of, our wide-ranging creative communities is a key part of the role we play at Wollongong City Council.
That’s why, one of the six community goals in our Community Strategic Plan, Wollongong 2022, is to foster a ‘creative, vibrant city’ and another goal is to have a community that is ‘connected and engaged’. It’s why we have a Cultural Plan, the reason we have initiatives to identify opportunities to foster our City’s evening economy, and the motivation behind free community-focused events like Viva la Gong and Comic Gong.
Finally, it’s also why we throw our support behind events such as the Anywhere Theatre Festival. If theatre can, and does, happen anywhere then why not watch and celebrate it in our own City?
Wollongong is a transitioning city – and events such as Anywhere Theatre Festival are at the heart of this dynamic. Our major events portfolio has always boasted an impressive range of sporting and lifestyle offerings, but it’s the arts and hospitality sectors that have championed individuality and changed perceptions.
This event is the perfect showcase for Wollongong’s burgeoning small bar and café scene, of which 65 have opened in the past three and half years. So, too, the Wonderwalls street art festival has provided colour and character to the quirky spots and cosy corners.
Now the stage is set (or stages, to be more precise) for an eclectic band of performers to enthral and entertain us in places and spaces we might not otherwise have visited or given credence. It’s a wonderful concept – artistic, inclusive and just the right pinch of whacky – and one that we hope the region warmly embraces. These are the types of events we need. They can take us . . . anywhere.
Wollongong Central is located in the heart of the Wollongong CBD in Crown Street Mall and is the leading retail and lifestyle destination in the city.
Wollongong Central is home to some of your favourite stores including H&M, Rebel, Anaconda, Coles, Target, and JB Hi-Fi, as well as over 200 specialty retailers.
If you love fashion, check out Country Road, Mimco, Cue, Nike, Bonds and Glue Store. Enjoy the array of casual dining including Grill’d, Kinn Thai, Guzman Y Gomez and San Churro or relax with friends at one of our unique cafes & bars – His Boy Elroy, Little Prince, Beast & Bread, Kurtosh or Glass Alley.
For trading hours and more information, please visit wollongongcentral.com.au.
Hope to see you soon!
scenestr is our major media partner and we couldn’t be more excited.
scenestr delivers unparalleled coverage of the arts via a market-leading, national network of street press and digital titles. They’ll be first with all the Anywhere Theatre Festival news, of course, along with all things entertainment happening in wonderful South East Queensland.
i98FM is proud to be the Illawarra’s number one radio station with more fun in the morning during the Marty, Christie and Crammy Breakfast Show. For your work day, Lachy play’s the best feel good music variety and Maje drives you home with the latest news, traffic and biggest hits. Then, at the end of the day relax with Justin who takes you back with his mix of Hits & Old School Anthems!
Communify is an independent, profit-for-good organisation. Locally-based, it provides opportunities for people, whatever their stage of life, to join activities that are interesting, stimulating and who support an active, healthy and socially connected life. This year we have partnered with Communify so artists can access free rehearsal space and reduced rates on other spaces as well as including some of the amazing activities that happen every week
We are very excited to be working with the Sunshine Coast Creative
Alliance to launch Anywhere Theatre Festival in the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance (SCCA) is a non-profit association formed with the aim of promoting creative enterprise and artistic expression as drivers of innovation, business, culture and regional identity on the Coast.
We’d also like to thank our audiences who advocate on our behalf every time you purchase a ticket, talk about the independent producers or volunteer your time for the independent sector.