Audience Demand Webinar

This free online webinar will be presented 1pm-2pm on Wednesday 21 October by NARPACA Management Committee Member, Kerry Saul along with arTour’s Creative Broker, Luke Harriman as part of the Little-lunch Webinar series hosted by arTour. The session is aimed at creating awareness and discussion on trends for theatre programming including; sourcing product, audience demand and engagement opportunities. It may also create opportunities for NARPACA and other presenters to collaborate in programming and touring initiatives, including participation in the 2016 Queensland Touring Showcase.

There is a requirement to register in advance to participate. - Register now.

This project aligns with NARPACA member requests for professional development opportunities and NARPACA is delighted to be working with arTour for this presentation.


Surfs Up

Surfs Up

Surf's Up - NARPACA Conferences hit the beach in 2016

NARPACA’s three annual conferences for 2016 will be in member-venues located in some of Queensland’s most popular coastal hot spots with events in Caloundra, Surfers Paradise and Mackay. Conference committees are working hard to develop superb event programmes featuring leading Australian speakers and covering a range of member-driven topics. Registration for the Managers’ Conference is now open and registration for the Box Office and Marketing Network (BOMNet) Conference and the Technical Managers’ Conference and Trade Show will open in the coming months.

Click here for all NARPACA Conference details and to register



Power of seven

Power of seven

The Power of 7 - NARPACA's new Management Committee

Following the recent departures of long-serving NARPACA Committee Members Destry Puia, Mark Fawcett and Rhys Holden, NARPACA welcomes a new committee comprising NARPACA stalwarts and some fresh faces:

President - Gary Mears, The Events Centre Caloundra;

Vice-President - John Webb, Logan Entertainment Centre;

Secretary - Stephen Foster, Cairns Civic Theatre;

Treasurer - Kerry Saul, Empire Theatre Toowoomba;

Committee - Bronte Morris, Moncrieff Entertainment Centre;

Committee - Lea Schuster, The Centre Beaudesert;

Committee - Lyn Patch, Brisbane Powerhouse.

Click here for Committee information


A year of success

A year of success

A Year of Success - Armitage Centre Celebrates 1st Anniversary

Empire Theatres (Toowoomba) are celebrating a successful first year of operation for the precinct’s newest venue, the $5.5 million Armitage Centre. After opening in September 2014, the state of the art ‘black box’ theatre has had more than 13,000 patrons visit within the year, performing well as a premiere venue for entertainment as well as corporate and community events. The versatile venue seats up to 350 patrons in theatre mode and has a capacity of 575 patrons when the seating system is retracted, features striking bar and foyer spaces and an upper level function area. From a technical perspective, the Armitage Centre utilises high quality lighting and sound equipment, including the unique walk-over cablenet tension wire grid. The Armitage Centre is one of the first venues in Australia to install the cablenet system which creates a permanent ‘virtual floor’ above the performance space for a labour friendly and safe venue.


Slash and burn

Slash and burn

Slash and Burn - 2015-2016 Australian Government Budget

NARPACA has been on the front foot responding to the 2015-2016 Australian Government Budget announced in May which will seriously impact the arts sector for many years to come. The long-term concern for NARPACA is the viability of our members to deliver successfully diverse programmes for their communities due to a likely reduced supply of affordable quality arts product. NARPACA made a submission to the Senate Enquiry into the impact of the budget and Suzan Williams and John Webb appeared as witnesses before the Senate Committee at the Brisbane Public Hearing in September. To help members to stay up to date on this issue, NARPACA has set up a dedicated page on its web site.

NARPACA has set up a dedicated page on its web site



Cairns Civic Theatre making way for The Precinct

Cairns Civic Theatre

The Precinct – new performing arts precinct for Cairns

NARPACA’s northern-most member, Cairns Civic Theatre, will be demolished in 2016 to make way for an exciting new facility “The Precinct” which involves the construction of a purpose-built theatre complex (Cairns Performing Arts Centre) and adjacent tropical parkland with an outdoor performance space (Munro Martin Parklands). The cost of the overall project is estimated to be approximately $65 million and will take place throughout 2016 and 2017. The Precinct project marks a significant civic milestone for the region - the Cairns Civic Theatre (Cairns Civic Centre as it was known at the time) was the first-purpose built theatre in regional Queensland. It was built at a cost of approximately $1.1 million and was opened on 31 May 1974, by the Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.


Keeping you connected

Keeping you connected

Keeping you connected – members-only resources on web site

Readily access information about NARPACA and our QLD and NT member-venues on our web site. Special features include a member directory, private discussion forum and members-only resources.

Click here for more details to request member log-in.





Drover Awards

Drover Awards

Performing arts touring talent recognised – 2015 Drover Awards

Queensland arts organisations Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre and shake & stir theatre co with touring partner Artslink QLD, have won two of the three awards presented at this year’s Drover Awards, hosted by the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association at the Sydney Opera House on 20 August 2015.

Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre won the Drover Award for Performing Arts Centre of the Year being acknowledged as an outstanding performing arts centre that works with production companies to provide consistently outstanding production, marketing and management services. The venue was noted for its exceptional success in audience development, innovative community engagement program and strong commitment to indigenous programming.

shake & stir theatre co with Artslink QLD were awarded the Drover Award for Tour of the Year for their national tour of 1984 (based on George Orwell's novel).  The final award, Touring Legend 2015, was awarded to Monkey Baa Theatre Company which was recognised for its outstanding contribution to performing arts touring in Australia.




Breathing life into the future - Deductible Gift Recipient Status

The NARPACA Public Fund is now eligible to receive tax deductible donations and we can actively seek philanthropic funding for strategic projects
Click here to make a donation






On our toes

On our toes

On our toes - Member News

There’s been plenty of changes in Venue Managers across the NARPACA network in recent months:

Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre – Andrew Bobeldyk replaced Mark Fawcett who has moved back to Victoria to manage the Cardinia Cultural Centre;

Ipswich Civic Centre – Don Stewart replaced Suzannah Conway who has plans to work in the commercial performing arts area after an extended break overseas;

Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre - Carly Quinn replaced Michael Bloyce who we send best wishes to for his upcoming marriage and move to the big smoke;

Roundhouse Theatre  / La Boite – Katherine Hoepper replaced Rhys Holden who has moved interstate to work with the Michael Cassel Group (Les Miserables);

School of Arts Theatre / Dance North - at the time of writing, a new GM has not been announced to replace Trevor Keeling who is taking some long-overdue personal time to renew and refresh; and

Araluen Arts & Entertainment Centre – Director Tim Rollason recently moved on after many years at the helm. Applications for the Director position have now closed.