Brisbane Festival takes to the water aboard Brisbane’s Art Boat, a floating art experience immersing audiences in a glowing world to experience the Brisbane River in a new light.
Art, live music and nautical hijinks come together to thrill and delight festivalgoers as Brisbane’s Art Boat travels a loop between Northshore Hamilton and South Bank.
1. AIRSHIP ORCHESTRA
For the first two weeks of Brisbane Festival (3-12 September), the vessel’s decks will be home to Airship Orchestra, a kinetic sound and lighting installation produced by art and technology studio ENESS.
Airship Orchestra is an out-of-this-world, multi-sensory installation featuring a mystical tribe of unearthly characters beamed from the night stars.
Assembled from a collection of 16-20 custom inflatables, some nearing six metres in height, Airship Orchestra transports audiences through an unknown galaxy accompanied by a choir of stardust voices, while friendly LED eyes guide the way.
2. SKY CASTLE
On deck from 15-25 September will be Sky Castle, while Airship Orchestra takes up residence riverside at Northshore Hamilton.
Also produced by ENESS, Sky Castle is an ethereal symphonic work that changes colour as visitors move through its luminous arches. Light and music have been specially orchestrated to inspire joy and hope in people as they flow in and out. Like a rainbow after a storm, Sky Castle is a beautiful apparition that is here with us for only a short time.
Brisbane’s Art Boat also features a lively bar and musical performances from contemporary Australian artists throughout September, including Ngaiire (3 September), beat-boxing legend Tom Thum (10 September), dynamic art duo The Huxleys (17 September) and local iconoclast Jaguar Jonze (19 September).
An evening soundscape will be provided by Tribal Experiences Managing Director and Yuggera and Turrbal man, Shannon Ruska.
During the day, Brisbane’s Art Boat will be docked at the historic wharves of Northshore, where audiences can explore the works before the evening cruise departs.
3 Sept – Ngaiire
4 Sept – Gail Sorronda
5 Sept – Michelle Xen
9 Sept – Sahara Beck
10-11 Sept – Tom Thum
12 Sept – Hannah Maxx
16 Sep – William Barton & Veronique Serret
17 Sep – House of Alexander
18 Sept – Opera Queensland
19 Sept – Jaguar Jonze
23 Sept – Emma Dean / Briefs Factory
24 Sept – Briefs Factory