The art of urban renewal

Art and culture will play a key role in the development of Northshore Brisbane, explains Brisbane Festival’s Louise Bezzina.

When Brisbane Festival’s Artistic Director Louise Bezzina first visited the Northshore Brisbane precinct with her team, she was immediately excited by the area’s potential.

‘I was just completely inspired and said, “Oh yeah, we have to work here.” It’s a really industrial blank canvas that you just don’t get access to regularly, so I really fell in love with it,’ Bezzina said.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station 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 Festival Living Legend in 2017. In 2019 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.

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