Brisbane Festival has rescheduled its much anticipated Fire Gardens event amid safety concerns during Queensland’s total fire ban, and the ongoing bushfire emergency in certain parts of the state.

It was announced today that the event will be postponed by one week and run from Wednesday September 18 to Saturday September 21, subject to further advice from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. The decision comes as fire crews continue to battle blazes across the state.

“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 in a media release.

“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 the festival’s decision to reschedule the event was the right choice given the current 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 the first concern for Brisbane City Council. “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.

Brisbane Festival will this afternoon begin contacting ticket holders to inform them of the new dates and arrange their tickets to be transferred to the following week.

More information on the postponement and Fire Gardens tickets can be found here.