Thrive on Arts


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Thrive on Arts is a creative space for young people, families and the wider community that celebrates play, imagination, creativity and storytelling from 21-30 September during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

The Empire Theatres will be transformed into a vibrant centre of artistic activity and interactive experiences across 10 days of the Spring school holidays. Participants of all ages will get to explore their world, indulge their creative instincts and get carried away by powerful storytelling.

The family program includes a mixture of activities to excite ages 1-15 years. But the fun is not just for the young ones, a wide variety of shows in the evening will have something for everyone from the young to the young at heart.

Whether it be music, drama, art or a workshop that brings you to the space, stay a while and try something new!

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Thrive on Arts is supported by the Toowoomba Regional Council through the Events Support Grant Program 


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts' Festivals Australia program. 


Family Fun

Paradise the Parrot

Paradise the Parrot
Opening Hours: 
Open 10-1pm and 2-4pm Daily
Friday 21-Sunday 30 September

The long tale of the parrot with the long tail. 

The Paradise Parrot has not been seen since 1927. Noted as the ‘most beautiful’ parrot, this elusive Southern Qld native featured yellow, blue, red, green and brown feathers in its long sleek tail. Join us to help create the most beautiful feathers and contribute to a bespoke sculpture on the Empire Theatre lawn.  


A collaborative tale begins:

Paradise flew into the Empire Theatre hoping to find….

-          Print a timber block and continue the story

-          Then add it to the parrot sculpture on the Empire Theatre Church Lawn

-          Stay a while to build Paradise a new home

-          Remember to take a photo!



Free Event 

No bookings required 

The completed parrot sculpture will be on display until October 7 on the Empire Church Lawn. 

AMaze Cardboard Labyrinth

AMaze Cardboard Labyrinth
Opening Hours: 
Open 10-12.30 pm and 1-4pm daily
 Monday 24-Friday September 28. 
Empire Church Theatre 


Come and get lost in your own creation!

Over 5 days the Empire Church Theatre will be transformed into an exciting maze built from only cardboard and the imagination. Stay 20 mins or 2 hours. Build a wall, paint a picture then come back later in the week to check out how it has grown and changed.

AMaze promotes awareness of wastage through recycled art and craft workshops.  Children and their parents are encouraged to be creative and imaginative with the materials and traditional craft techniques. 

Free Event

No bookings required for individuals and families

Groups can be accommodated with prior arrangement.