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Backbone Festival 2018
How Soon Is Now?


Video killed the radio star, and the internet brought it back from the dead!

The tyrannical grip of the internet incites rebellion against cold and passive interactions, leaving humanity searching for places to be touched and for artworks that move them. In a world where all is shared, from our breakfast to our relationships, where can we find those unforgettable intimate moments that add unpredictable dimensions to the rectangular screens we see ourselves framed in?

Backbone Festival: How Soon Is Now will feature work from local and international artists on-site at Backbone from October 4th to October 27th, 2018.

Program launch: September 1, Chinatown Car Park Rooftop, 5pm

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2018 Team

Every year, Backbone Festival is facilitated and lead by a team of young, emerging arts leaders in collaboration with Backbone Youth Arts. With a mission to mould the festival team of the future, Backbone annually assembles a diverse group of young people to manage the Festival’s creation. This team is then mentored by industry professionals as they facilitate local and international talent alike.

This year we have a brand new team and we can’t wait for you to meet them!


Esther dougherty

An ambitious and talented director, writer and producer, Esther brings a wealth of experience in creating innovative and immersive theatrical experiences to the festival team.


Alice England

A multi-talented creative with a background in marketing and public relations, Alice will be working on the festival team to broaden our audience base and partner with the local community.


Sam Girvan

A passionate musician and advocate of Brisbane’s live music scene, Sam joins the festival team as a musical programmer, connecting Backbone Festival to its venue’s punk rock roots.


Siobhan martin

A hard-working artist and technical producer, Siobhan’s work supporting student and emergent theatre-makers is continued in her work ensuring this festival is a valuable space for young creatives. 


Patrick mcgreevy

A resourceful artist and producer, Patrick is a theatre-maker, producer and Artistic Director of The Stan Dup Ensemble. He is well-versed in producing unique multi-arts events and festivals in exciting, non-traditional locations.