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by Susan J Bowes (subscribe)
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Technology for the future awakens at QUT's CreateX
The QUT Kelvin Grove Campus has just finished spending $88 million on an expansion of their Creative Industries Precinct. This Precinct is the most sophisticated technically advanced creative space in Queensland and is the first of its kind in Australia. To celebrate, they are throwing their doors open to the public on Sunday 28th August 2016 for CreateX - . Queensland's first technology-infused creativity festival - and entry is free.

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CreateX, Sunday 28th August 2016 (Photo Courtesy of QUT's Media Department)

About CreateX:

The Creative Industries Precinct's expanded facilities will be open to the public at CreateX. Technology and creativity go hand in hand in today's world and you will be blown away by the future of entertainment that CreateX will showcase, including:

the latest in immersive virtual reality an augmented reality experiences
the world's first festival-wide live-action video game
a giant blow-up planetarium
a finale concert featuring global artists and QUT alumni Kate Miller-Heidke, Carita Farrer Spencer, Naomi Price, Michelle Ryan and the Deep Blue Orchestra.

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QUT's Z9 Music Studio (Photo Courtesy of QUT's Media Department)

The day's event will include robots, performances, films, talks, demonstrations, installations, tours, workshops and interactive games. You can even learn how to build your own holographic screen or bring objects to life with the talented Dead Puppet Society. Presentations will be held throughout the day with the public's questions being answered as to where our creative future lies in modern technology.

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DPS Puppet, photo by Maren Searle (Photo Courtesy of QUT's Media Department)

There will be approximately 60 workshops to be held during the day; a few have a small fee to attend. Some workshops may need to be booked in advance as limited spaces are available. Information on the day's events and workshops are constantly being added to the CreateX website. One workshop that has captured my interest is how to make fashion from Kombucha curds. Attendees to these workshops are able to take a culture to watch grow and experiment with at home.

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Learn to make fashion from Kombucha curds (Photo Courtesy of QUT's Media Department)

Everyone, families, students, future students, industry professionals can all benefit from attending this festival. Technology is here to stay and to achieve the best results possible, education is the way to go. No longer do students need to venture overseas to make a name for themselves. All you may want to become can be achieved at QUT.

QUT's Creative Industries Precinct is only three kilometres from Brisbane's CBD and is situated on the corner of Kelvin Grove Road and Musk Avenue. The Precinct is adjacent to La Boite's Roundhouse Theatre.

The festival runs 10.00am to 7.00pm. You will definitely need all of that time to fully immerse yourself in everything that is on offer on the day. If you want to know more about the festival, you can contact the organisers at

About the Creative Industries Precinct:

During the recent expansion of QUT's Creative Industries Precinct, particular care was taken to incorporate the existing heritage buildings into the new complex. The oldest building on site is the Z10 Workshop, which was once a WWI-era (1914) infantry hall. It is now home to a construction workshop and is fitted with wood and metal working equipment, as well as a spray booth and other equipment to accommodate large 3D work from the visual arts disciplines.

The Frank Moran Memorial Hall has been restored and repurposed into the Z11 Gallery. This building was erected in 1928 and is now a display space fitted out with gallery lighting and wall and ceiling hanging options and a data network. The gallery will be used for traditional 2D works and 3D installations and digitally enabled performance art.

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QUT's Dance Movement Studio (Photo Courtesy of QUT's Media Department)

Before the arrival of the Europeans who settled in Kelvin Grove and the surrounding suburbs, the Turrbal people habited the area. The Creative Industries Precinct has paid respect to these people creating areas such as Kulgun Park in their honour. Kulgun is a Turrbal word meaning path or road.

A highlight of the expansion is a six-storey five-star, green-star building which is home to QUT's dance, music, visual art, drama, creative writing, animation and creative industries research programs. A key principal of this design of this building, or Z9 as it is known, was to bring the disciplines together in an environment that encourages artistic collaboration, engagement and interaction. Therefore, whatever work is being undertaken in the buildings it can be seen by all who pass by, even the passing traffic. The foyer of Z9 is a hub where students can meet, it can be used as a venue for public presentations, performance displays, trade shows, conferences or pop up stores.

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New Z9 Building (Photo Courtesy of QUT's Media Department)

Other new facilities at Creative Industries Precinct include:

A black box R&D studio to allow audio, video and data streaming throughout the building to reach other QUT facilities and the world.
Three large dance and movement studios with proprietary flooring optimised for grip and rebound.
An auditorium-quality music performance and recording studio.
Four small dance and performance studios for activities such as physical workshops, embodied learning and student project development.
Two multipurpose studios designed to present theatre and performance works in progress.
A purpose-built digital music studio including two acoustically isolated "box in box" recording suites incorporating five control rooms, five live rooms and three sounds booths.
Five additional sound proofed music rehearsal studios.
Control rooms with cutting edge digital recording technology which can be connected to any other space in the building, turning the entire venue into an enormous recording studio.
A community hub and exhibition space.
Three configurable social learning and collaborative zones.
A seminar space for guest presentations and corporate education events.
Two configurable studios dedicated to visual arts.

This is an event you will not want to miss. If you wish to know more about what is happening on the day at CreateX, please go to their website to read all about it. News on what's happening at QUT can be located on the QUT website.
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Why? Expand your knowledge and know-how with new technollogy
When: Sunday 28th August 2016
Where: Kelvin Grove
Cost: Free Entry, Small fee to some workshops
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Just wanted to say a big thank you to all you Weekend Notes writers who spend their time to summarise and finding such a diverse range of events and activities...especially if we don't see it advertise anywhere else!
Like this one and we are really glad we had an opportunity to check this out today! :)
The basic hip hop dancing was fun and energetic, Copernicus challenge were clever puzzle games...pity we only had time for one of the 3 games! Would have liked to try the Virtual Reality lens but the line up was >1hr and we had limited time.
by donts (score: 0|8) 1115 days ago
I can imagine this Exhibition is going to be very popular, Susan!
by Elaine (score: 3|6550) 1124 days ago
Elaine just writing about it hyped my interest thanks for your comment. Susan
by Susan J Bowes (score: 3|1313) 1124 days ago
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