Take a tour of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Visit QPAC and its venues from the comfort of your lounge chair

Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) is one of Australia's leading centres for live performance. Located in picturesque urban parklands on the banks of the Brisbane River, QPAC is a venue, a producer, an investor, a presenter and a public space.

We'll start the tour on our Melbourne Street Green is a great place to enjoy free music outdoors on a Friday night

The Cafe at QPAC is an urban oasis in a relaxing green space and the ideal place for a drink, coffee or delicious lunch or dinner

The Bistro is also on the Melbourne Street side of our building and is open prior to performances in the QPAC Concert Hall or Lyric Theatre

Come inside and move up the central staircase to the Box Office. The bar to the right is a great place to meet friends before or after your performance

QPAC Box Office is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 8.30pm, or two hours prior to performances at Lyric Theatre and Concert Hall.

Behind the scenes at the Box Office, the staff are briefed daily on new events or changes to performances or procedures.

The central staircase proceeds up from Box Office to the foyers of the QPAC Concert Hall and Lyric Theatre. And here's a tip... go up the next flight of stairs to the toilets before your performance!

The colour scheme of the Concert Hall foyer is light, reflecting the colours of the Concert Hall interior

From the Concert Hall balcony, you will get a great view of the stage. The 1,600 seat Concert Hall hosts orchestral and contemporary concerts, comedy, graduations and more.

And if you were on stage at the Concert Hall, this is how the auditorium would look.

There is an air of excitement when the audience is seated and waiting for their performance to begin

This is a close up view of the magnificent Klais Grand Organ

The Klais Grand Organ has an impressive array of more than 6,500 pipes

Backstage at the Concert Hall, the instruments are ready and waiting for the musicians to bring them to life

The musicians make one last check of their music before they take their place on the stage

Artists from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra rehearse on the Concert Hall stage

The Lyric Theatre foyer before a performance

The 2,000 seat Lyric Theatre is designed for ballet, opera and musical theatre. Some of the largest performances have been The Phantom of the Opera, Jersey Boys and The Lion King

The Stalls level of the Lyric Theatre includes a section of seating (in front of the cross aisle pictured) that can be removed to accommodate wheelchairs

Imagine being on stage with all these seats full and the lights shining on you - take a bow (if you're not too nervous)

Come backstage at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC

QPAC Techs and Mechs rigging lights and staging for a Lyric Theatre performance

Bump-ins and bump-outs require many hands and expert supervision to ensure they run quickly and smoothly to maximise value for producers

A complex system of theatre fly ropes allow mechanists to move set and scenery easily

The rear stage of the Lyric Theatre is as large as the stage that the audience sees and accommodates scenery, set and quick change and warm up areas for cast

QPAC hosted the Bolshoi Ballet in 2013; here are some backstage shots of the cast and crew

Artists of the Bolshoi Ballet preparing to go on stage

The loading dock is not the most glamourous area within QPAC, but it is an essential element to delivering efficient bump-ins and bump-outs

Items of set and scenery are unloaded off the trucks.

The entrance to the Cremorne Theatre faces the South Bank Cultural Forecourt and Brisbane River

The Cremorne Theatre is QPAC's most intimate venue with a maximum seating capacity of 312 patrons. It is ideal for creative productions, cabaret-style concerts, theatre and lectures.

The Tony Gould Gallery, located at the entrance to the Cremorne Theatre, provides patrons and visitors with a changing program of entertaining exhibitions curated by QPAC Museum.

The Tony Gould Gallery is open, free of charge, from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, during exhibition periods.

The Playhouse at QPAC faces the South Bank Parklands and can be accessed from Russell Street

The 850 seat Playhouse is a state-of-the-art venue primarily designed for theatre and dance

The view from the Balcony at the Playhouse

The Playhouse also features two Studios, which are used for rehearsals, warm-ups, company classes, workshops and performances

An artist makes a point at a Paris Opera Ballet company class

Some of the tools of the trade for a professional ballet dancer

Not all of our venues are in theatres - our Cascade Court also hosts performances and is a great place to enjoy some free entertainment, eat, drink and dance!

We hope to see you soon at QPAC. You'll find us on the corner of Grey & Melbourne Streets, South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland Australia.

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