New theatre for Brisbane not welcomed by all

A new 1500 seat theatre is to be built at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) but Aboriginal leaders say First Nations culture should be prioritised instead.

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One of Australia’s busiest theatre complexes, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) will soon have a new venue, with the Palaszczuk Government this week announcing it would provide $150 million in the June state budget for construction of a 1500-1700 seat theatre.

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Richard Watts OAM is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend, and was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize in 2020. In 2021 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Room Awards Association. Most recently, Richard received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2024. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts