Leisure, arts and culture
Under 18 dance parties
The Queensland Police and Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) run free blue-light discos and dance parties for young people.Theyprovide safe, healthy and supervised entertainment that is alcohol and drug free. Contact your nearest PCYC.
There are many things to consider when planning a party, and good planning can reduce the risk of potential problems on the night. This site provides some great ideas to help you make your party safe, lawful and enjoyable for everyone concerned including parents, hosts and guests. Learn how to make your house party safer.
Theme or fun parks
Theme or fun parks in Queensland offer leisure, adventure and cultural activities.
Computer games and movies
Restrictions apply on who can buy computer games and movies in Australia. Understanding classifications will help you decide which movie or computer game is suitable for you. More information is available from the Classification Board.
A community art project that enables local artists to paint their original works on traffic signal boxes around Brisbane suburbs.
Explore Circa shows, find which circus class is perfect for you or discover ways of being part of the Circa experience.
Hosted by The Edge at the State Library of Queensland, and philanthropically funded, CitizenJ is a pioneering new-media journalism project offering support, training, publication and experimentation opportunities, and hosting the monthly Walkley Media Talks. CitizenJ aims to equip everyday people with the skills to become credible citizen journalists.
Brisbane City Council offers creative individuals the opportunity to be involved in the city’s vibrant events. You are invited to register your interest to receive information about creative work opportunities around Brisbane.
Develops opportunities for people who experience a disability to access and participate in the arts. Crossroad Arts creates theatre and multi-art events for people in Mackay, Isaac and the North Queensland region.
Part of the State Library of Queensland, The Edge provides the opportunity and inspiration to explore creativity across the arts, technology, science and enterprise. They offer:
- a year round calendar of workshops, activities, events and exhibitions
- resources including recording equipment, learning materials and software
- physical spaces to meet with others and work on your own projects
- access to free wi-fi.
Based in Toowoomba, Empire Youth Arts offers workshops in drama and performance, as well as school holiday workshops.
A unique circus company that not only teaches circus to children and young people but takes it to the next level by creating exciting and innovative performances and shows.
North Queensland’s longest running youth arts organisation serving young people in the Townsville and Thuringowa area. La Luna Youth Arts offers workshops and projects to young people ages 3 to 30 through art, dance, drama, circus and film.
Supports young and emerging artists and arts workers aged between 17 and 30 and aims to develop creatives who wish to join national or international training and development programs through participation in training programs, mentorship, and structured experiences.
Situated in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, QMusic provides a physical and virtual base from which music industry professionals from all sectors and regions can establish networks, create partnerships and share the information that will drive the next generation of Australian music. Signature events such as BIGSOUND and the Queensland Music Awards promote networking and collaboration that contributes to building the profile of the Queensland music industry.
Helps young people hone their skills as actors. Scholarships are offered during annual auditions and interviews.
Queensland’s major orchestral training and performance organisation for young musicians aged 10 to 23. Find out how to apply and audition to join Queensland Youth Orchestras.
Supports professional and emerging professional artists and arts practitioners living in regional Queensland.
An independent fashion-based, artist-run initiative based at QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus. The Stitchery Collective designs and facilitates community engagement programs including art, design and sewing workshops, clothing swaps, exhibitions and public education programs.
Queensland cultural venues
- State Library of Queensland
- Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
- Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)
- Queensland Art Gallery—Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
- Queensland Museums
- Museum of Brisbane
- Brisbane Powerhouse
Most museums, cinemas, art exhibitions, theatres and similar cultural and entertainment venues offer student discounts. Speak with the venue to find out about discounts.
Use your library
As well as lending books, local libraries offer free events for young people, including training courses, learning workshops, performances, and reading or discussion groups. Other free materials and services include:
- movie hire or viewing
- newspapers or magazines
- access to the internet, computers and ebooks
- room hire
- book clubs.