Brisbane’s Southbank is About to Get a Whole Lot More Lit

By: Inais Black: February 13, 2018, Updated: January 21, 2019

A new 3,000 square metre pop-up art space in Southbank’s disused Arbour View Café site will be offering a year’s free entertainment. It marks the first redevelopment of the South Bank Parklands since the completion of the 2011 River Quay project.

Known as ‘Flowstate’, the location will include three distinctive areas: a grassy ‘relaxation zone’, an immersive ‘digital zone’, and a performance pavilion showing curated artists. It was designed by specialist Australian architecture and performance design firm Stukel Stone, who was appointed following a national search, who worked in conjunction with Brisbane landscape architects Lat27 and Melbourne design studio ENESS.

Dr Catherin Bull, chair of South Bank Corporation, said that: “Flowstate re-purposes the now disused Arbour Café site as a short-term initiative that provides a tangible demonstration of creative urban recycling in the heart of the precinct. [It] is South Bank Corporation’s contribution to the cultural activities happening during the year of the Commonwealth Games [and] aims to encourage a vibrant culture of exploration and exchange across the greater South Bank precinct.”

South Bank is working with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Griffith University, UPLIT, the Festival 2018 Games Cultural Program, Circa and Metro Arts to deliver the program

The redevelopment also includes installation of all-weather awnings along the retail and dining strip of Little Stanley Street.

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