U.R{BNE} Festival Wrap Up


Engage Arts collaborated with urban planners, the U.R{BNE} Collective on the 2015 U.R{BNE} Festival, held in Brisbane over April. Based on the concept of ‘urban acupuncture’, the U.R{BNE} Festival is an annual event that activates Brisbane’s urban spaces through community participation.

The U.R{BNE} Festival took place over a two-week period at sites around Brisbane’s CBD. The festival brought together activations and events run by Council, producers, community groups, university students, academics, artists, performers and local businesses.

The arts program, ‘Soul Inspirations’ included events such as the popular Art @ the Park art market, Urban Sketchcrawl, Scavenger Snaps, and live art painting and installation art. Engage Arts invited artists Alinta Krauth and Laura Luck to create site-specific art installations at Wickham Park, one of the festival’s main sites.

Engage Arts also worked together with Blue Roo Theatre to bring their interactive street performance, A Waddle of Ducks to Post Office Square and Queens Park. We were able to team up with Maryann Talia Pau to host a community engagement workshop at the popular BrisStyle Twilight for the 1 Million Stars to End Violence project.

Other festival highlights included performances by jazz duo The Tinderbox Spark and traditional Korean group Hanmadang Inc. at the festival’s Saturday showcase event, Picnic under the Windmill.

In the spirit of urban play, the festival saw a diverse program of events. Engage Arts would like to thank everyone involved in enlivening the city throughout the 2015 U.R{BNE} Festival.

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