From musical tours to staying Up Late – APT9 Summer Festival heats up QAGOMA
When it comes to keeping us entertained throughout the warmer months, QAGOMA has always had our backs. If you haven’t already checked out the jaw-dropping 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (or even if you have), we would suggest keeping the weekend of January 18–20 free – because QAGOMA’s annual Summer Festival has returned! Celebrating the exhibition in inimitable style, the festival is a perfect opportunity to experience the wonder of APT9 through a wide range of wonderful activities.
The APT9 Summer Festival is bringing some serious heat, offering up a smorgasbord of activities across both galleries and their outdoor spaces. Whether it’s starting the day with some mindfulness yoga, checking out some hands-on activities like weaving and stitching, or even heading to a storytelling session – there is summer fun for every kind of person. If you’re looking to keep cool, GOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque is running films from the Asia Pacific all weekend, or if you’d like to hang outside and enjoy the breeze you can catch local children’s author and poet Dr June Perkins and members of Brisbane’s Kiribati community reading stories under the huge fig tree next to the river – how dreamy!
It’s not just the cracking daytime offering that’s got us all excited – APT9 Summer Festival will feature a special edition of the Gallery’s always-rad Up Late program. On the Friday night, a bumper line-up of live acts including Ngaiire, Electric Fields, Bottlesmoker and May Lyn will be joined by killer DJs Black Amex, Ben Chiu from A Love Supreme and Dameeeela. The entertainment goes beyond the traditional stage – you can also catch performances by Radha La Bia and Dance Masala, or perhaps take part in a musical tour of the APT9 exhibition (led by none other than John Patterson of The Grates).
Ready to party down? Entry to the APT9 Summer Festival is free, and you can nab tickets to the Up Late session here.
Dance Masala / Image courtesy the artists
Performance still of artist Shahmen Suku in work Borders / Photograph: Ken Leanfore
Art Making: Embroidery Workshop / Photograph: Chloe Callistemon, QAGOMA
Ngaiire / Photograph: Daniel Segal
Electric Fields / Image courtesy the artists