Giving Program

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#Our donors help Brisbane Festival soar.

They help us to deliver performances of scale and ambition from both local and international artists, and to keep those performances accessible for all. They help us dream.

Brisbane Festival dissolves barriers. The local and the global sit side-by-side. Through free events and low ticket prices, we reach out to audiences who might not normally have the opportunity to experience great arts. Through enabling new works that might not otherwise happen, we make it possible for artists to create right at the very edge of their imagination.

The special human connection that the arts offer is now more important than ever. It fosters empathy. It helps us build bridges between cultures and to bring us together regardless of where we sit in our wondrously diverse society.

Thank you to our donors for helping us deliver great arts experiences for all.

“I believe so emphatically in the value of the arts. It allows the artistic direction to be much bolder, to put on great shows which would otherwise be unaffordable.”

Philip Bacon AO, Giving Committee Deputy Board Chair and Member

“I really feel I am fulfilling a lot of my goals philanthropically by supporting the arts and seeing Brisbane evolve as a city.”

Virginia Bishop, Donor

“To see a show get commissioned, come to life, and then see it performed live and see the enjoyment it brings so many people in the community, you can’t help but want to do more and more every year.”

Courtney Talbot, Giving Committee Deputy Chair

2021 In-Review

2021 In-Review

Brisbane Festival celebrates a record-breaking year in 2021. Additional to the support of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council, Brisbane Festival reported a record year for philanthropic income in 2021, raising more than $720,000 from 283 donors.

#Giving categories

Donations of any size are valued. Every contribution plays a vital role in supporting the Festival.


$100 - $499

Grow the love with a like-minded collective.


$500 - $1,499

Develop the work of independent artists.


$1,500 - $4,999

Commission new work that reflects people and place.

Creative Champions

$5k - $9,999

Showcase artists of global significance.

High Commissioners

$10k - $99,999

Produce bold, bright and brilliant new commissions.

Community Ambassadors

$100k - $299,999

Deliver arts experiences that are accessible, diverse and joyous.

Game Changers


Shape critical and defining moments in our history through transformative commissions and collaborations.

#Our Donors

Brisbane Festival would like to thank our generous donors to Brisbane Festival 2022 for their contributions in the following categories:

#Game Changers

Tim Fairfax AC and Gina Fairfax

#Community Ambassadors

Philip Bacon AO

#High Commissioners

The Hon Justice Thomas Bradley and Dr Matthew Yoong

Frazer Family Foundation

Cass & Ian George

Simon & Nicole Morrison

Courtney Talbot

M and M Taylor

#Creative Champions

Nick & Gayle Carter

Drs Ailbhe & Frank Cunningham

Kim & Michael Hodge

John & Holly Livingstone

Libby & Jared Patrick

Kevin & Laura Perkins

Ben & Fiona Poschelk

Penny J Wolff & Peter J Wolff


The Avenues Family Dental

Matt & Eliza Baxby

Louise Bezzina

Christopher & Margot Blue

Bryce Camm & Mark Lightfoot

Fabienne & Marshall Cooke

Heidi & James Cooper

Charlie & Alicia Cush

Harley & Prue Dalton, Altor Capital Pty Ltd

Fisher Dore Lawyers

Marian Gibney

Drs Elizabeth Hodge & Daniel Hagley

Dr Neal Harvey & Jayne Lovelock

Russell Mann & Margot McLay

Patrick O'Shea QC & Gabrielle O'Shea

James & Prue Pateras

The Hon Justice Anthe Philippides

Chris & Emily Pickford

Shepherd Family Foundation

Drs Rupert & Penelope Templeman

Ward Family Foundation / APS

Tony & Linda Young



Cathi Collier - Sagacity Associates

Chris & Claire Corney

Louise & Robert Corrigan

Claire Fell

Cory Heathwood

Sonia Holiday

Gary & Julie Kordic

Alvin Leach

Ross Molloy & Cath Nicholson

Danielle & Jason Organ

Edwina Piper

Anna Reynolds & Ian O'Connor

Andrea & Craig Templeman

Judy & David Usher

Jenny Usher & Peter Good


Veeta Bassi

Isabel Brew

Pamela Buchanan

Anne-Maree Moon

Diane Murphy

Lois Penney

Karen Prentis

Brisbane Festival expresses deep respect to and acknowledges the First People of this Country.