The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) has cancelled all performances until Thursday April 30, QPAC chief executive John Kotzas announced this afternoon in a statement to media. Its theatres will remain closed too. The closure is a response to the Covid-19 outbreak and the government’s temporary ban on gatherings of more than 500 people. It affects the Lyric Theatre, Cremorne Theatre, the Playhouse and the Concert Hall.

“The decision to cancel performances and projects is necessary and disappointing, however the health and wellbeing of the community is the centre’s number one priority,” Kotzas said. “Our audiences and artists have been front-of-mind since the start of this international crisis and we have consistently acted cautiously and responsibly to unfolding advice.

“We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this will cause to our patrons.”

The decision comes into effect immediately. Any patrons impacted by cancellations will be contacted by QPAC and offered the opportunity to receive a full refund, Kotzas said.

The move impacts more than 20 different performances and events, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Exposing Edith, Celebrating Nina Simone, Rolling Thunder Vietnam, the World Science Festival, and numerous individual performances by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Pops Orchestra and QPAC’s free Green Jam Friday shows, among others.

“Beyond this period, QPAC is continuing to review the Centre’s program in collaboration with companies, artists and producers,” Kotzas said. “As the situation evolves and new information is made available we will provide updates.

“We are an industry of incredibly resilient people, collaboration is in our DNA and we all do what we do with passion and all-out commitment. I have no doubt we will get through this together through our determination to deliver live performance to our audiences.”

You can find more information on the QPAC closure and performance refunds here.