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Brisbane Writers Festival presented by UPLIT

Brisbane Writers Festival presented by UPLIT

6-10 September 2017


55 Years of contribution to Queensland’s Cultural Landscape


This year, The Brisbane Writers Festival celebrated 55 years of bringing stimulating ideas, debate and discussion to Brisbane. At the first event in 1962 just six sessions were presented across one day. Fast forward 55 years and more than 150 events were held over 5 days, with over 20,000 literature lovers descending onto the State Library of Queensland and QAGOMA to hear from over 100 of their favourite authors.  


Not ones to shy away from a culturally enriching festival, we were proud to be a part of this fantastic annual event for the third year in a row. Working with the crew from UPLIT, our event brief involved the design and construct of several creative event solutions, including the Top Shelf Bar and Cafe, Angel’s Palace on the QAGOMA lawn and additional outdoor requirements for the Word Play area of the Festival.

We assisted with the design and build of the Top Shelf Bar and Cafe in front of the State Library of Queensland. In line with the brief, we worked with UPLIT to design and build a stunning, relaxed, creative pop-up venue with multipurpose event flooring, picket fencing, cafe furniture, chairs, dry bars, umbrellas and more. We constructed the catering marquee and supplied a complete fit out of catering equipment for a fully-functional bar and cafe setup, allowing the team from The Charming Squire to operate efficiently over the course of the Festival.

Building the large dome tent to bring Angel’s Palace to life on the QAGOMA lawn was a construction challenge. Ensuring the protection of the grassed surface underneath meant the design and support of the sub-structure and ballast was of the utmost importance. Providing technical support to the dome builders and engineers, we designed and installed our natural integrated flooring and anchored the dome with our concrete weights to ensure a safe structure for the duration of the Festival.

Additional event hire for the Word Play area  included marquees, pop-ups, event security fencing and more. The end result for this Festival was a fantastic setup and a creative and culturally inspiring event.


Venues: QAGOMA and State Library of Queensland

Festival Coordination: UPLIT

Feature Image Credit: Daniel Seed


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