Brisbane Powerhouse is set to welcome artists from around the globe next year for an array of incredible contemporary theatre performances in WTF16 – the World Theatre Festival 2016.

Held from Thursday 18 until Saturday 27 February 2016, WTF16 will run alongside the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) and feature a range of theatre performances and musical adventures.

According to Brisbane Powerhouse Artistic Director, Kris Stewart WTF16 is a home for exhilarating contemporary performance that challenges the definitions of traditional theatre.

“WTF celebrates the personal and the political. Yes, it’s theatre, but it’s also an invitation for audiences to challenge the way they think about, see and experience the world,” she says.

“A few highlights of 2016 program include: the dark and hilarious 심청 ‹Shimchong›: Daughter Overboard!, Andy Warhol Factory Superstar Penny Arcade in Longing Lasts Longer, the politically charged Confirmation and even a dancing robot in Huang Yi & KUKA.”

“This year we’re also launching a new program of free club nights; Club WTF features a series of wild and wonderful international music artists over three nights and will give people the chance to hang around, grab a drink and really soak up the festival vibe.”

Lovers of technology and the arts will get to see the two combine in innovative dance production Huang Yi & KUKA and New Zealand’s Okareka Dance present Mana Wahine, a powerful work that combines dance, film and theatre.

New York’s undisputed queen of the underground Penny Arcade will deliver a rousing rumination inspired by four decades of pop culture in the multi-award winning Longing Lasts Longer.

Companion pieces BigMoutH and SmallWaR will also take audiences on a virtuosic journey through history.

Rising UK performer Chris Thorpe will also present a powerful analysis of beliefs in Confirmation, while Piece for Person and Ghetto Blaster also calls in to question society’s decision making processes.

For more information or for the full program click here.