“Moving Riverfire to the start of the Festival and out of the busy school holiday period will also give Brisbane families a greater opportunity to enjoy the most dazzling night of the year.”
Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said Queensland’s much-loved Riverfire would be the perfect way to launch the sparkle and spectacle of Brisbane Festival 2022.
“This year’s Festival promises three weeks of exhilarating and eclectic arts experiences and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for the 2022 Festival program,” Minister Enoch said.
“The Queensland Government invests in Brisbane Festival each year to showcase Queensland companies, support employment for local artists, boost our cultural tourism and unite the city in a celebration of art and culture.
“The 2021 Festival employed more than 1,100 local artists, showcased 43 Queensland arts companies and commissioned 17 new works.
“Since the onset of COVID-19 the Queensland Government has committed to more than $79 million worth of measures to stabilise and sustain the arts sector, including the dedicated $22.5 million Arts and Cultural Recovery Package,” Minister Enoch said.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner strongly backed the decision to bring forward the date of Brisbane’s famous fireworks display.
“For many Brisbane families, the September school holidays is the ideal time for a getaway before the final term,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Unfortunately, that’s meant some people have had to choose between a holiday and attending one of the most spectacular events on Brisbane’s calendar.
“Bringing Riverfire forward will mean families can do both, which will help this fantastic event go from strength to strength and benefit local businesses, retailers and restaurants.”
Australian company Foti Fireworks will once again design and deliver Riverfire by Australian Retirement Trust, firing more than two tonnes of pyrotechnics from bridges, barges and city rooftops along the Brisbane River.
The explosive Festival opening display will be broadcast live on Channel 9 and its soundtrack simulcast on Triple M for people unable to view the heavenly display in person.
Ms Bezzina said a huge celebration was planned for closing weekend, bookending the 23-day Festival with blockbuster events.
“Our closing week program is under wraps for now but I know Brisbane will be very excited by what we’ve planned.”
Brisbane Festival returns to fill the city with three weeks of wonder, delight and celebration from 2—24 September 2022.
For Brisbane Festival program announcements, visit brisbanefestival.com.au or follow Brisbane Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Brisbane Festival is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland, and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.