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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | March 3, 2021

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U.R{BNE} - The newest creative festival to hit Brisbane

Ratu Lewis

U.R{BNE} banner

Most of you would have seen the pic we put up of #mywishforbrisbane but some of you might not realise it was an interactive installation piece for the inaugural U.R{BNE} Festival, running for the month of May.

The people responsible for the festival are the U.R{BNE} collective. They are a network of individuals who aspire to bring together a variety of creative professionals, students and community members who have an interest in energizing our urban environment.

The Festival is said to be for enlivening city spaces (something that we here at CD are excited about) and is inspired by similar design festivals of New York, London and Amsterdam

Brisbane’s public spaces will become the stage for some of the city’s most creative urban folk for the month, which includes designers, architects, artists and students that aim to surprise, delight and engage Brisbane with their city’s public spaces.

We agree with the Festival co-founder and urban designer Ms Brooke Murphy when she said that Brisbane had some outstanding public spaces, but the community had not yet embraced ownership of them.

paper apples on a tree

“Many people still see public spaces as places that are owned and regulated by Council for them to just enjoy in an ephemeral fashion,” Ms Murphy said.

The festival had been set up as a collective so that like-minded people could feel free to organise their own activities and join in the celebration.

“Our vision for this festival is to see groups all over Brisbane use their public spaces to create free activities for their communities to enjoy.”

Even though it is already pretty late in the month please get behind this festival because it is one that we want to see in the future. This festival could be a catalyst to greater community and cultural ownership of our city.

For more information on the festival and the calendar of events go to


– 25th May: Blank Canvas Closing Night at Brew Bar, Burnett Lane

– 25th May: Brisbane Style over Speed Bike Ride

– 31st May: Park(ing) Day Book Launch

– Every Sunday in May: U.R{BNE} Films at State Library of Queensland

– Every Tuesday in May: APDL lecture series

– Ongoing throughout May: Space Imagineers Anonymous [SIA]