Brisbane Festival has rescheduled its Fire Gardens event amid safety concerns as the state battles ongoing bushfires.
The event will be postponed by one week and run from September 18-21, dependent on further advice from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
“Brisbane Festival is responsive to community concerns and sensitive to the anguish of those who have lost their homes and livelihoods in the fires,” Brisbane Festival chair of the board of directors Paul Spiro said.
“Our thoughts are with our fellow Queenslanders affected by the bushfires. Brisbane Festival, in partnership with disaster relief charity GIVIT, will collect public donations at its Treasury Brisbane Arcadia hub. Patrons can also donate when purchasing Brisbane Festival tickets online.”
Minister for the arts Leeanne Enoch said decision was the right one to make in the circumstances.
“I support this decision taken by the Brisbane Festival Chair, Board and executive team to postpone this week’s Fire Gardens events,” she said. “I wish to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of all involved from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and all the volunteers who are working tirelessly around the State.”
Brisbane lord mayor Adrian Schrinner said public safety was paramount.
“The safety of Brisbane’s residents is our first priority and due to current conditions, we are supportive of Brisbane Festivals position on this,” Schrinner said.