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Brisbane Powerhouse's 21st Birthday Celebrations

New Farm's former power station-turned-arts venue is marking its latest milestone with art, talks, comedy and tunes.
By Sarah Ward
May 10, 2021
By Sarah Ward
May 10, 2021

Brisbane Powerhouse has been such a large part of the city's cultural scene during the 21st century that it's easy to forget that it hasn't always existed. Well, not in its current form as an arts venue, at least — because, before it opened in 2000 as a place to see shows, hear live tunes, laugh at comedy gigs and scope out exhibitions, it was a literal power station.

2021 marks a big 21 years since Brisbane Powerhouse started keeping us all entertained, and it's throwing a party to celebrate — naturally. Running until Saturday, May 15, the birthday celebrations comprise multiple parts. You can feast your eyes or your ears, and also give your funny bone a good workout.

Exhibition Regenerate is showcasing the building's story, history and secrets — so if you want to know more about its past and evolution, this'll keep you clued up. Or, on Wednesday, May 12, a conversation session will delve into a 1994 shindig called Tranceplant, a large-scale performance and installation event that held a ten-night season in the then-derelict building 27 years ago, and welcomed around 100 performers each night.

To cap things off, a big 21st birthday concert is also on the bill, taking over the Powerhouse Theatre from 7.30pm on Saturday, May 15. Hosted by Mel Buttle, it boasts a lineup that spans Kate Miller-Heidke, Clare Bowditch, Wil Anderson, Briefs Factory, William Barton with Camerata, CIRCA, Benjin Maza, Alinta McGrady, Bombshell Burlesque and Tom Thum. That's not all, either, as a secret headliner will be revealed when you're there on the night.

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