Out of the Box Festival| Brisbane June 2016


QPAC Presents the Out of the Box festival for children eight years and under.

The program for the 2016 Out of the Box festival has now been made public and it’s chock-full of exciting and engaging events and activities for kids! This year featuring over 40 new events including workshops, performances, films, exhibitions and activities, the biennial Festival has been providing a dose of culture to the young children of Brisbane for over 20 years.

With a focus on arts-based learning and the goal to create lifelong memories for participants, this year’s line up is extra special. Amazing theatre performances by The Queensland Ballet, Stalker Theatre and all the way from Broadway, The Gazillion Bubble Show, promise to bring a smile to the faces of kids, mums and dads alike throughout this eight day festival. There will also be a good dose of Asian culture, with outdoor activities including Bollywood Dance, Gong Garden and a Holi Throw. Plus there is a great mix of free and ticketed events including a  lantern festival, kids drive in movie, snow and more that round out this awesome festival program that some are saying is the best to date.

The Out of the Box Festival 2016 starts just before the beginning of the June/July school holidays in Queensland, spanning eight whole days and giving children in junior primary schools the opportunity to participate. Planning your attendance in advance is highly recommended, as spaces do fill up fast. Please note that performances, workshops and outdoor activities at the Out of the Box festival do require bookings. Spaces are limited at free workshops and some of these do need to be booked also. In peak periods, some of the free activities may become very busy.

Out Of The Box 2016 Program Highlights:

There are over 40 events on the 2016 Out of the Box Festival. Here are some of the highlights from the program:

The Gazillion Bubble Show

Date: 23rd – 27th June

Time: 23rd & 24th June: 10.30am & 1pm 25th, 26th & 27th June: 11am & 1pm

Location: Concert Hall, QPAC

Cost: $49 per premium ticket, $39 per admission ticket. All children 18 months and over must have a ticket. A $6.95 fee applies per transaction.

The Broadway smash hit Gazillion Bubble Show  will blow the audience away in this not to be missed show that combines entertainment, art and science. Seen by more than 22 million people worldwide, it is now Brisbane’s turn to see the talented Yang family perform on stage along with lasers, spectacular lighting effects, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry.

Holi Throw

Holi throw out of the box festival

Date: 21st – 28th June

Time: 21st- 24th June: 9.30am, 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, & 1.30pm 25th – 28th June: 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm,& 3.30pm

Location: Cultural Forecourt, South Bank

Cost: $15 per person

Taking place everyday of the Festival period, Holi Throw allows kids to get outside and have some fun in an event inspired by the traditional Indian celebratory custom of Holi. Kids will be encouraged to express their creativity and emotions as they throw Holi powder into the air as Indian fusion music plays in the background. This event is not only fun for the kids to participate in but also an amazing visual spectacle for parents to watch from the sidelines. Please note: children under the age of 4 must be accompanied by an adult with a ticket. 

Creature: An Adaption of Dot and the Kangaroo

dot and the kangaroo Out of the box festival

Date: 21st – 28th June

Time: 21st, 22nd & 24th June: 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm 25th, 27th & 28th June: 10am, 12pm, 2pm 26 June: 11am, 2pm, 4pm

Location: Lyric Theatre QPAC

Cost: $29 per adult, $25 per child- all children 18 months and over must have a ticket. Group discounts are available. A $6.95 fee applies per transaction.

Creature is a 45 minute show that explores how humans are affecting the Australian environment. This new show combines interactive digital and physical theatre giving attendees a totally new and amazing show based on the Australian classic Dot and the Kangaroo. Dancing and aerials will take place on stage while large 3D projections of Australian animals and landscape come to life right before the eyes of all the kids and adults in the audience.

Little Big Shots

kids drive in movie little big shots Out of the Box festival

Date: 21st – 28th June

Time: 21st- 24th June: 9.30am – 2.30pm 25th – 28th June: 10.30am – 5.30pm

Location: Melbourne Street Green, QPAC

Cost: FREE

Probably the cutest event on the Out of the Box program, Little Big Shots, is an international film festival for kids. Consisting of movies from all corners of the world made for kids, and even some made by kids, Brisbane Kids can take a seat in the custom made drive in and enjoy something to eat in their little cars while watching some really cool movies. This is the first time Little Big Shots will feature at the Out of the Box Festival and we are sure it won’t be the last!

Out Of The Box 2016 Program Free Events:

Throughout the Out of the Box Festival there are a lot of fantastic free events on offer to entertain the kids. The free events include:

For full program details, visit www.outoftheboxfestival.com.au

Out Of The Box Festival Dates:

The 8 day Festival runs from Tuesday 21st June – Tuesday 28th June 2016.

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Out Of The Box Venues:

Out of the Box takes place across the Cultural Precinct, from its hub at QPAC to the State Library of Queensland, Queensland Museum and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), all in South Brisbane.

With all locations conveniently located in the City, its is easy to catch a bus, City Cat or train to the Festival events.  If you choose to drive instead of taking public transport, a range of paid parking venues are also located nearby.

Out of The Box Tickets: On Sale Now!

Ticket prices vary, according to the performance selected. Tickets for the Out of the Box festival 2016 are on sale now at www.outoftheboxfestival.com.au or phone 136 246.

WIN A Family Pass to the Out of the Box festival to see either Creature: An Adaptation of Dot and the Kangaroo, Gazillion Bubble Show or your choice of an OOTB Workshop!

Running from 21st – 28th June, the Out of the Box festival for children 8 years and under is going to be HUGE this year! We have a family pass to each of the following to give away to three lucky Brisbane families:

  • Creature: An Adaptation of Dot and the Kangaroo on Saturday 25 June at 12pm
  • Gazillion Bubble Show on Saturday 25 June at 6pm
  • Your choice of Workshop at Out of the Box (choose from Wellness Workshop series, Creature Interactions, Holi Throw or Bollywood Dancing)

Competition opens at 5pm Wednesday 1st June, and closes at 9pm on Friday 10th June 2016.

To enter, simply complete your details via the app below:

WIN a Family Pass to the Out of the Box festival!

For more information, please visit http://www.outoftheboxfestival.com.au/

To find out more about Brisbane’s wonderful array of regular cultural festivals, take a look at the upcoming Brisbane Festivals or our Brisbane Kids Event Calendar

For a list of  shows and concerts now showing or coming soon to Brisbane that your Brisbane Kids will absolutely love, take a look at the Brisbane Kids Upcoming Shows page or sign up to the Brisbane Kids Weekly Newsletter. 

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