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About Us

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Photo by Studio Impressions

Brisbane Powerhouse is Queensland’s home for contemporary culture, a magnificent power station of the 1920s reborn as an arts centre on the Brisbane River.

Over 700,000 visitors a year see 1250+ performances at Brisbane Powerhouse. We have a year-round program featuring events across music, comedy, writers + ideas, dance, film, visual arts, digital arts, theatre and music theatre.

We have two main stage theatres seating up to 740 and 200 people respectively, and three additional venues that seat 80–180. Brisbane Powerhouse features gallery spaces, two restaurants and bars, corporate facilities and the best river view in Brisbane.

We produce some of Queensland and Australia’s largest events, including Brisbane Comedy Festival, Australian Performing Arts Market, World Theatre Festival, Queensland Cabaret Festival, MELT Queer Cultural Festival, Wonderland and Brisbane Queer Film Festival.

Our audience is loyal, with 40% of patrons visiting at least four times a year. We have 550,000 virtual visitors to our website each year.

We help create events and experiences that couldn’t exist anywhere else, including outstanding dining experiences, the adrenalin rush of a festival’s atmosphere or the joy of witnessing a great performance. Our building is the hero of our story, and its uniqueness is represented in everything our audience encounters.

We open our doors to independent and emerging artists. Brisbane Powerhouse has an organisation-wide commitment to creators of all disciplines. To find out more about opportunities for artists, head to Upcoming Opportunities.

The stories we tell are built on partnerships and collaboration – find out more about accessing and hiring our venues here.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
Brisbane Powerhouse acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and pays respect to the Elders both past and present, and extends that respect to all Indigenous Australians.

Brisbane Powerhouse is Brisbane City Council’s leading arts performance venue. Encouraging a diverse vibrant and creative city is one way Council is achieving its shared vision for living in Brisbane 2026.

Photo of MELT Festival by Studio Impressions.

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