Let your children explore and create through fun and imagination at the Out of the Box festival for children eight years and under, at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Over the next seven days, giant bubbles will be formed (and popped), creatures will be created and unleashed, and children aged eight and under will showcase their expertise, culture and dreams through art.

QPAC’s Chief Executive, John Kotzas says Out of the Box QPAC has established a legacy of early childhood participation and learning through the arts.

“Out of the Box has commissioned 80 new works, many by Queensland artists, since the first festival in 1992, and many going on to present these works to audiences nationally and internationally,” he says.

“At its heart, Out of the Box is about connecting audiences and artists, and presenting works and ideas that capture the imagination of children, engaging them in the arts and helping them understand their place in the world around them.”

John says participation in this festival can make a real and lasting impact on the lives of children with research saying zero to eight is the most critical age to build empathetic and well-rounded future citizens.

“We welcome schools, children and their parents and carers over the next week to experience Out of the Box” he says.

Out of the Box Festival Director, Brett Howe says Out of the Box 2016 places children in the expert’s chair; recognising we have much to learn from the young people in our lives in particular through their imagination, play and art.

“We held close to 200 workshops at schools across Queensland to create the colourful design elements that people can see right across this Festival,” he says.

“The 2016 Festival program reflects the diverse multi-cultural community we live in, including our rich Indigenous history and Asia and Pacific cultures and features seven different productions, 18 workshops, and 20 free activities; comprising 10 exhibitions, and seven free workshops.

The program features a total of 17 world premieres including, Stalker Theatre Production’s Creature: An Adaptation of Dot and the Kangaroo, Queensland Ballet’s Little Red Riding Hood, and Imaginary Theatre Production’s I See You.”

Out of the Box 2016 includes, for the first time, extended hours with the introduction of evening shows from 6.00pm including Gazillion Bubble Show, Little Red Riding Hood, and free family screenings of Dad’s Films. Various exhibits including One Sun, One World – Many Dreams, and Lanterns Creative Creatures are open until 7.00pm.

Curated by QPAC for 24 years and supported by the Queensland Government since the first festival, Out of the Box is the only arts festival in Australia dedicated to children 8 and under and one of only a few in the world. It’s also the nation’s largest early childhood arts festival with more than 103,000 participants in the 2014 festival.

The event takes over all QPAC’s theatres and spaces and extends across the Cultural Precinct and South Bank in collaboration with Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Museum, State Library of Queensland and South Bank.

So join in on the exploration, creative thinking, and imaginative innovation at Out of the Box. For the full Out of the Box 2016 program and bookings head to www.outoftheboxfestival.com.au