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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. 



Death By Soprano

Death by Soprano 
Sunday 23 September, 7pm
Heritage Bank Auditorium
Duration: 75 min
Recommended for 15+

Death By Soprano satirically catalogues operatic death scenes in an A-Z, cabaret romp through Operatic Occupational Hazards. This is a cabaret work with a great love of opera, that also embraces a loving irreverence for opera’s occasionally over-inflated ego.

Its high art with a fun sensibility that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Utilising slapstick, absurdism, dark-clowning and a healthy dose of prop-humour, Death By Soprano portrays the final moments in the lives of operatic heroines. The show is created specifically for 'non-opera' demographics, particularly comedy, cabaret and festival audiences but also caters for lovers of classical music. 

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Table Seating
Table of 6                                                           $216.00
Empire Cardholder single seat                       $36.00
Single seat at table                                            $39.00
Seating Bank Seating
Empire Cardholder single seating bank        $32.00
Adult                                                                   $34.00
Student                                                               $20.00
Pre-purchase Cheese Box                                 $15.00 

The Grigoryan Brothers

The Grigoryan Brothers 
Friday 5 October, 7.30pm
Empire Church Theatre


Regarded as Australia's finest guitar duo, The Grigoryan Brothers take the classical guitar into genres such as jazz, folk and contemporary music. There are no boundaries, only new frontiers to cross. In concert, mix it all together and you have a dimension to guitar-playing rarely seen in the musical world. 

Their latest release, Songs Without Words sees a return to classical repertoire and includes songs by composers such as Bach, Elgar, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Faure, De Falla and Ponce all masterfully arranged for them by their father Edward.

Also including other works highlighting Slava and Leonard's diverse skills: their deep appreciation of a broad spectrum of musical styles has resulted in many collaborations involving music, both written and improvised. Combine this with their classical training and the result is a unique sound incorporating all these influences. It is not classical, not jazz, not world is the Grigoryan Brothers.  

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Empire Cardholder $39.00 
Adult $43.00 
Concession $41.00 
Youth U25yrs $24.00 

Arrebato Ensemble

Arrebato Ensemble 
Saturday 6 October, 7.30pm 
Heritage Bank Auditorium

Arrebato Ensemble is contemporary flamenco with edge. Led by acclaimed flamenco guitarist Greg Alfonzetti and Damien de Boos-Smith (cello and guitar), the long-time collaborators are joined by Byron Mark (cajon and percussion), and dancer Chachy Peñalver, founder and director of Sydney Flamenco School. This new line-up creates passionately moving performances combining incisive ensemble playing, masterful solos and the beauty and power of flamenco dance. 

Their much anticipated third album is set to be released August 2018. The group will undertake an East Coast tour in October with additional performances in Sydney, Blue Mountains and Wollongong in the preceding months.Previous albums drew critical acclaim with John Shand describing that while their music “moves from pure flamenco in favour of a more contemporary style, the spirit, a dramatic, sexually charged and haughty sadness, remains intact.” (SMH). 

The group’s first CD snared them the Best World Music Artist at the MusicOz Awards. And performances at WOMADAdelaide, Sydney Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival, Sydney Opera House, International Australian Festival of Chamber, followed. The second CD Absolución, was launched at the Sydney Opera House in 2011 to a sell out audience and also enjoyed rave reviews. 

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QSO- Films and Flowers

Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Friday 28 September, 7.30pm 
Empire Theatre 


Movie buffs, this concert is for you! Come along and enjoy the beauty and power of some of cinema's finest soundtracks!

From Star Wars to Harry Potter to James Bond and beyond, this is a concert fit for everyone. 

(Full program will appear here later in 2018). 

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