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 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