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. 



Flipside Circus

Heritage Bank Auditorium 

Tuesday 25 September ---------------------------------------------

10am - 12pm | FLIPPEROOS CAMP | 4 – 8 YEARS | $50

Join us in this active 2 hour workshop with lots of play for beginners! The Flipperoos camp is a play-based workshop that encourages young children to explore circus in a nurturing environment.

1pm - 5pm | 7 TRICKS IN 1/2 A DAY | 8 – 16 YEARS | $90

Learn 7 circus tricks that you’ll never forget! From juggling to mini-tramp, trapeze to tumbling, learn new skills on the ground and in the air. At the end of the day perform your new skills for friends and family. 

Wednesday 26 September -----------------------------------------

9am - 10am | KINDY CAMP | 2 – 4 YEARS | $25

Little circus stars work with their parents/carers and Flipside’s artists/trainers to explore all the fun the circus has to offer. Play-based classes include the full range of circus equipment including: trapeze, tissu, hula-hoops, mini-tramp, and more.

10:30am - 12:30pm | FLIPPEROOS CAMP | 4 – 8 YEARS | $50 (See above for workshop information)

1pm - 5pm | 7 TRICKS IN 1/2 A DAY | 8 – 16 YEARS | $90 (See above for workshop information)


Please note bookings are essential as places are strictly limited. 

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Acting for Camera with OzPlays

Acting for Camera with OzPlays 

10am- 4pm each day Tuesday 25-Thursday 27 September
Empire Theatres Studio
$235 per participant (includes three days of workshops)
Bookings essential as places strictly limited


Get some insight and practical experience in front of and behind the camera in this three-day intensive workshop experience for 10-15yr olds. Put your own twist on popular movie scenes and then get to see yourself on film! Students will be able to take home a copy of their own footage.


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First 5 Forever

Story Time
Tuesday 25 Sept and Tuesday 2 Oct
9.15am and 10.30am each day

These sessions are a relaxed and fun way to develop your child’s early literacy skills through storytelling, music and  play.  These sessions are aimed at 2-5 year olds (all ages welcome).


Baby Rhyme Time
Wednesday 26 Sept and Wednesday 3 Oct
9.15am and 10.30am each day

A fun 30 minute session where you and your baby can learn rhymes, action songs and finger plays to share together. Your baby will develop a love of song, rhyme and rhythm which is important for their language and early literacy development. Suitable for ages 0-2 years but all ages welcome.


Music and Movement
Thursday 27 Sept and Thursday 4 Oct
9.15am and 10.30am each day


Come sing your sillies and jump your jiggles out with our music and movement early literacy story time.

This fun program uses songs, musical instruments, creative movement and music play to help develop children’s pre literacy skills.


First 5 Forever is an initiative of the Queensland Government and the State Library of Queensland.
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Story and Drawing Workshop

Story and Drawing Workshop
Sunday 30 September, 9.30am
Empire Theatres Studio
Free Event, no registration required.


Join author-illustrator Stephen Michael King for a creative and interactive workshop. This is an opportunity to learn a trick or two, ignore perfectionism and be reminded of the value of scribble and play. Stephen will also read stories, show rough working drawings and original art from his picture books.

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