oct 13 6:45pm-mid || the faces of our town opening night

Brisbane is often described as a big small town and as with small towns there are colourful characters. These characters become the fabric of our town, THE FACES OF OUR TOWN is an exhibition, a celebration of the faces that make Brisbane, Brisbane. Stefan and his tower or Brisbane’s very own Marilyn Monroe let’s honour the unsung heroes of our little big town.

This is our opening night event where we welcome our alumni and supporters to come and celebrate Backbone, share memories and listen to some of the amazing artists that have been involved in the organisation in the past.

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oct 14 5:30pm-mid // To The Moon and Back In 30 Songs

To The Moon and Back In 30 Songs is an intimate and acoustic trip through the ages of song from 1987 to the present. Come and listen to the darlings of Brisbane’s music scene sing some of our favourite local hits covering the past 30 years.

Confirmed for this event is Reuben Schafer (The Cairos), Ben Ely (Regurgitator), Tyrone Noonan (George), Emma & Tony Dean, Marcello Milani (The Toothfaeries), Tim Steward (Scream Feeder) and many, many more.



oct 20 + 21 OCT 7:45-8:45 pm // Disco Inferno

Disco Inferno, the myth of Prometheus meets art at a dance party as young artists ponder what lies ahead of them. Questions are raised about the trials and hurdles they face. But their hopes, their dreams, their inspiration are still dancing. Maybe there’s life in the party yet.



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oct 20 // Express Media Voice Works

Join Express Media for the launch of Voiceworks #109 ‘Sprawl’ to hear some of Queensland’s best young writers share their words as they reflect on home and the future in this special lineup featuring Mindy Gill, Sarah Neilsen, Lech Blaine, Raelee Lancaster, Mitch Cave, and Anna Jacobson. 

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oct 20 + 21 9:00 pm – midnight // tragic trivia + ballistic bingo

They’re the sassiest Queen and King on the block and they certainly know how to turn trivia on it’s head. Join the Sui Ensemble’s very own Quiche Lorraine and Richie Le Strange as they take you on a journey to higher intelligence through a portal of insanity.

Tragic Trivia is trivia with a trashy, tacky, fabulous twist. Join garbage queen Quiche Lorraine and trash king Riche Le Strange as they throw down the tricks of the trade, mix it with glitter and drag and take you on a journey to “higher intelligence”.

Tragic Trivia is presented by The SUI Ensemble as apart of Backbone Youth Arts 30th Birthday Celebrations, Backbone Featival – FUTURE 30.

oct 27 Future 30 // 7pm-midnight

A huge collaboration of emerging artists aged 10-25 from all artforms coming together to imagine the next 30 years of ART, in a full venue take-over installation. ARTWORKS: Undulations,, Dance Revolution, Glimpse, Now What, Bull, Flags, This Just This, Twelve Tone, Claw Machine, Tiarne, Opaeka, Bad Sext, Orange Tree Branch, Brooke Austen.


Nov 3 + 4 7pm – midnight //  the danger ensemble

What is fear and what does it do to you? can it be funny? does it turn you on? push you to the lips of strangers? render you silent or make you scream? The Danger Ensemble take over the East Brisbane Bowls Club with this scarysexy site-responsive work.

Inspired by the dadaists and horror anthology films, Brisbane’s most loved and hated theatrical devils take on the gamut of the horror genre and nothing is off limits.. radio dramas, german expressionist film, vampire porn, youtube scare pranks, parasites, possession and Tiny Tim – all go in the blender and what comes out is a mystery..

The bar is open and you are invited to the Halloween event of 2017 – dress right up or strip right down. Don’t be scared now.. Featuring Chris Beckey, Nicole Harvey, Thomas Hutchins, Nerida Matthaei, Cienda McNamara, Stephen Quinn, Lucinda Shaw, Peta Ward, Mitch Wood and Steven Mitchell Wright.




getting here


We are located at the MOWBRAY FERRY TERMINAL (After Sydney St and before New Farm Park)


There is a bus stop (East Brisbane Bowls Club) just outside the building.


The closest train station is Norman Park and it is a 15 minute walk from the EBBC.