Now in its sixth year, the Short+Sweet Festival promises to be bigger than ever before.

Back in its original venue at the Powerhouse, the 2014 Short+Sweet Festival brings together more than 225 writers, directors and performers in a celebration of short performance.

Festival director Nathan Sibthorpe says this year’s line-up is all about diversity and variety.

“This year is the most contrasting; we’ve got the darkest of darks and the brightest of lights,” he says. “And because it’s the first year we’re playing with Short+Sweet Cabaret, we have all different forms – a lot more music, singing, instruments, dance and physical work.”

Sibthorpe says this is a reflection on Brisbane’s love of fringe styles.

“We just noticed that Brisbane has a bit of a thing for cabaret,” he says. “Cabaret, burlesque, circus – Brisbane really likes these styles and we’re just trying to respond to the artists that we’ve got, the talent we want to showcase and the work that we feel Brisbane artists are capable of.”

The festival program consists of 10-minute performances divided into seven strands of five to 10 works.

“I think Short+Sweet is a sandbox for Brisbane artists — it’s the kind of place people can come and experiment,” says Sibthorpe. “It’s a genuine platform, it’s got a guaranteed audience and a marquee venue, but it’s also got reasonable stakes.

“People can try something new and if it completely goes up in flames, that’s okay, because they’re supported by another seven or eight artists working in the same strand.”

Short+Sweet Festival is on at the Arts Centre Gold Coast from 9 to 17 August and the Brisbane Powerhouse from 21 to 30 August. For more information on each show, visit