Brisbane Festival to focus on cultural and economic growth in 2023

While the full program will not be released until July, some clues as to what Brisbane Festival has in store in 2023 are now available.

The 2023 Brisbane Festival, running from Friday 1 September to Saturday 23 September, has announced a focus on boosting visitor numbers and stoking economic growth when it returns later this year.

‘We were so delighted to see visitors from other parts of Australia travelling to Brisbane specifically for the Festival last year and were absolutely thrilled to see overnight visitor expenditure return to pre-COVID levels,’ the Festival’s Artistic Director Louise Bezzina said in a statement.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts