Here's Which Arts Events and Venues Have Been Cancelled, Postponed and Temporarily Closed Due to the Floods
From flooding through QPAC and GOMA to cancelled shows around town, here's how Brisbane's arts scene has been impacted by the devastating wet weather.
March 02, 2022
For the second time in 11 years, Brisbane is waterlogged, following a weekend of relentlessly heavy rain — and wet conditions in the days leading up to the non-stop three-day downpour, too. The impact across the city is enormous, including flooded homes and businesses, power outages, blocked roads and suspended public transport. Everyone across town has been affected or knows someone who has — and the Mud Army, the city's team of flood volunteers, has reassembled for cleanup duties.
Also impacted: Brisbane's arts, culture and music industry, which has been weathering flooded venues, event cancellations and general fallout from the conditions like the rest of us. As a result, the city's upcoming lineup of shows, gigs and exhibitions is in flux again — a heartbreaking state of affairs following two years spent coping with the pandemic.
Obviously, going out might not be at the top of your to-do list right now, but you can continue to support the industry and the folks within it by buying from artists who've had their shows cancelled, ordering gift cards and merch from venues that are closed due to flooding, or just booking in a show or gig for that birthday a few months away.
To keep you abreast of what's been cancelled, postponed and suspended — and which venues are temporarily closed — here's our live list, updated as it happens.
Artisan: reopening on Thursday, March 3.
Brisbane Powerhouse: closed until further notice due to localised flooding in the area, with shows either rescheduled or cancelled.
The Edge: closed until further notice due to significant flooding in the area.
Metro Arts: closed until Thursday, March 10 due to minor flood repairs.
Museum of Brisbane: reopening on Thursday, March 3.
Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art: both galleries are closed until further notice due to significant flooding in the area. At present, all scheduled public programs and cinema screenings have been cancelled up to and including Sunday, March 13.
Queensland Conservatorium: closed until at least Sunday, March 6 due to flooding, with performances up until Monday, March 7 either cancelled or postponed.
Queensland Museum: closed until further notice due to significant flooding in the area.
Queensland Performing Arts Centre: closed until further notice due to significant flooding in the area, with all performances either cancelled or postponed up to and including Thursday, March 10.
Queensland Theatre, including the Bille Brown Theatre: doesn't have a show scheduled until Saturday, April 30, but currently closed until further notice due to flooding.
South Bank Parklands: several sections remain until further notice due to significant flooding in the area.
State Library of Queensland: closed until further notice due to significant flooding in the area.
UQ Art Museum: closed up to and including Wednesday, March 2.
APT10 Cinema: cancelled up to and including Sunday, March 13.
Blue Assembly: Oceanic Thinking: closed up to and including Wednesday, March 2.
The Chocolate Factory: closed alongside Toombul Shopping Centre, which is shut until further notice due to flooding.
City in the Sun: reopening on Thursday, March 3.
Curiocity 2022: postponed, with new dates yet to be announced.
Diary of a Madman: cancelled.
Dylan Mooney: Blak Superheroes: reopening on Thursday, March 3.
Feel Good Program: cancelled until further notice.
Frozen the Musical: cancelled up to and including Thursday, March 19, with ticketholders being contacted to transfer their seats to future dates.
Get Green! Sustainability Market: cancelled.
Humans, Animals and the Natural World — World Science Festival Brisbane Film Program: cancelled.
In Transit: reopening on Thursday, March 3.
Ocean Film Festival World Tour: postponed from March 2–5 to June 16–18.
Potted Potter: The Unauthorised Harry Potter Experience: rescheduled from March 1–6 to May 10–15.
Stargazing at South Bank: cancelled.
The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art: closed up to and including Sunday, March 13.
World Science Festival Brisbane: cancelled in-person program, now running from Wednesday, March 9–Sunday, March 13 as a virtual-only event.
For more information on all of the latest Brisbane weather conditions, warnings and alerts, and traffic and public transport status, check out the resources below:
- The Bureau of Meteorology's Queensland warnings page, and its Queensland Twitter and Facebook
- Brisbane City Council's February 2022 severe weather event updates, which also features a Brisbane River flood forecast
- Brisbane City Council's Twitter and Facebook
- Queensland Fire and Emergency Services' website, Twitter and Facebook
- Qld Traffic
- Translink's website, Twitter and Facebook
Top image: Matthew Toomey. Updated Monday, March 7.
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