New art and events to inspire a Flowstate of mind

30 January 2018

What a time to be alive! The "doors" have just opened on the uber-cool new feature at South Bank Parklands - Flowstate, an indoor-outdoor pavilion and gardens. 

Flowstate - Jem

Formerly a set of casual cafes near Tribune St, the space has been redesigned by architects Stukel Stone, who have transformed the area into a multi-use performance, gallery and gathering spot. It’s perfect for private functions or enjoying one of the fantastic new events lined up for this year featuring Queensland artists and performers. 

The centrepiece of Flowstate is the art installation, Jem, created by Australian design studio ENESS. An interactive cage-style structure, Jem responds to people with sounds and light as they move around the steel skeleton. 

Take a step into the future of art with Mixed Reality, an unique performance/installation that uses 3D virtual reality technology to blend movement and form with sound and visual art. You can even contribute to the progress of the final exhibit by participating in a workshop or attending a performance later in the year. 

Brisbane’s very own world-renowned Circa troupe is also leaping into the new space, with a season of its latest physical theatre work, Aura, in March. The all-ages production is described as a physical love-letter to Brisbane, inspired by sounds and visions from our river city, delivered through dance, circus and a headphone-delivered soundtrack.

Another locally made highlight will be Megafauna by Dead Puppet Society. Making waves globally with its unique form of larger-than-life puppets, Megafauna will bring a whole new menagerie of creatures to South Bank during Festival 2018 in April.

Junior culture vultures won’t miss out on the fun, with The Owl and the Pussycat scheduled over the Easter school holidays. Aimed at children aged 4 to 10, the beloved poem follows a grand adventure of two unlikely friends told with music, puppets and actors. Flowstate will also be a new venue for QPAC’s Out of the Box festival in June.

Apart from curling up with a good book in the fantastic new garden swings, readers will love Flowstate for LoveYA, a celebration of young adult fiction hosted by UPLIT. Featuring everything from author talks to cosplay, trivia nights and writing workshops, LoveYA will be a buzzing event for wordsmiths and bookworms alike.

South Bank is well known for its music, and Flowstate will bring another opportunity to chillax to some Friday Feels tunes spun by a DJ every Friday evening from 5.30-7pm, starting soon!

Stay tuned for more speakers, events and workshops to be announced throughout the year.

To register for free tickets to events and activities hosted at Flowstate, please head to the official Flowstate website.

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