QPAC has announced the line up for its 2016 Out of the Box festival, featuring 17 world premieres, two Australian premieres and 18 works specifically commissioned by QPAC.

Held from 21 to 28 June at QPAC, across the Cultural Precinct and South Bank, Out of the Box provides a rich arts-based program for both schools and the general public to enjoy.

The overall connecting theme of this year’s Festival is Shining Light into Dark Places, fostering exploration and discovery. The program delivers six different theatre productions, 18 workshops, and 18 free activities; comprising 11 exhibitions, films, activities and seven free workshops.

Program highlights include Little Big Shots, an international short film festival specifically curated for kids, which will see QPAC’s Melbourne Street Green transform into a Drive-in Cinema with custom made cars for littlies. As well as, Snow 4 Kids in The Courier-Mail Piazza and a sensory filled production called Rain: For Babies and Carers.

And, an exciting new digital and physical theatre show for kids called Creature – based on the children’s story Dot and the Kangaroo, will be performed in QPAC’s Lyric Theatre.

The Festival will also include a museum curated by children, Jarjums Life Museum offering a view into contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through the eyes of children from Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) and Hymba Yumba Community place (Springfield) and a dedicated Children’s Art Gallery in the QPAC Tunnel showcasing 200 artworks created especially for Out of the Box by children from across Queensland and Hubei, China.

This year, the festival will also reflect Australia’s multi-cultural society and its connections with Asia Pacific cultures. A feature will be Indian cultures, customs and art with elements of Holi Throw, Rangoli Welcome Mats and Bollywood Dance incorporated into the program.

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