Australia Venues: QPAC Reopens, Queensland Venues Get Government funding

– QPAC Concert Hall

QPAC Reopens Its Curtains With Reimagined Spaces
After six months in the dark due to the coronavirus, Brisbane’s Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) reopens Aug. 28 to limited audiences at its various spaces. 
Chief executive John Kotzas said. “Whilst we won’t be seeing full theatres in the coming months, as we work within social distancing guidelines, the way we are reimagining the use of our theatres and other spaces will ensure unique, safe and entertaining experiences for audiences.”
The reimagination incudes the fine dining restaurant the Lyrebird transformed into a live music venue. Audiences listen to music alongside menus created by QPAC chefs of Queensland produce and wines.

– The Triffid

Queensland Venues Paid To Book Performers

Some of Queensland’s top band showcasing spaces including The Zoo, The Triffid, the Old Museum and The Tivoli in Brisbane are among 52 live music and performance arts venues sharing A$812,635 ($581,802) in the new Queensland government initiative Play Local. 
They receive up to A$20,000 ($14,319) to book musicians and comedians, particularly emerging ones. Venues and councils in regional areas will be paid to showcase performers from circuses, rodeos, queer theatre and cabaret.
Minister for the arts, Leeanne Enoch, revealed the funding would directly help almost 1,500 artists and arts workers “and support the employment of hundreds of venue staff including venue management, technicians and bar staff.”