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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | April 6, 2020

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Brisbane Powerhouse presents: IRL Digital Festival

Brisbane Powerhouse presents: IRL Digital Festival

| On 12, Apr 2015

Live for gaming, but sick of your bedroom? The Powerhouse has a treat of epic proportions lined up for you in May guaranteed to put the “party” in LAN party.

The IRL Digital Festival runs from Thursday 7 May to Saturday 17 May. An interactive fusion of video games, technology and live arts, festival-goers can choose from ten main events over the ten days – most of them free. With over 2.5k attendees storming the event’s Facebook page, this event is shaping up to be big for gamers and creatives alike.

The Powerhouse’s Artistic Director Kris Stewart cited gaming as being a big part of this generation’s storytelling experience, as more and more artists utilise their skills in the gaming industry.

“Mixing digital tools with live arts can create some spectacularly immersive and interactive shows, and it is a path down which some great creators are heading.”

Highlights include:

iam8bit: a free exhibition of works by renowned production company ima8bit, featuring a collection of artworks inspired by the “simpler time” of 1980s video games, held in the Mosquito Foyer and the Turbine Hall.



Power-up – You control the action in this interactive night-time exhibit, held outdoors at the Powerhouse Plaza. The installation, made of animated cogs, levers and pulleys, responds to your movements as you walk and wave past the front wall of the Brisbane Powerhouse, making you master of your own digital dimension.


Beatboxer Tom Thum

Beatboxer Tom Thum


What’s a game without a good soundtrack? You can catch the funky beats of international beatbox superstar Tom Thum alongside the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, also as a part of the QSO Current Festival on the 16th of May – read our article about their collaboration here.


Strapped for coins? The Powerhouse is offering you the chance to win $300 “Brisbane Powerhouse Dollars” spendable at the IRL Festival – all you’ve got to do is buy an IRL Digital Festival ticket or subscribe to Powermail using competition codeword IRL before the 17th of May.



IRL Digital Festival

Thursday 7  – Sunday 17 May

Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm

Some events free, some prices vary

More Info
Visit the Brisbane Powerhouse website  for event-by-event and booking information
RSVP on Facebook



 Cover image by Hugh Walters, Tom Thum by Callie Marshall