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by Kiesten McCauley (subscribe)
My early career was in teaching, writing, producing and directing for theatre, comedy and impro shows. Now I'm a professional creative person. Mostly high-end branding, strategy, writing, editing and digital content creation.
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Experience the Digital in Real Life
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IRL Digital Festival


The IRL Digital Festival is coming to the Brisbane Powerhouse this May, and it promises to be like nothing we've experienced ever before. The festival will celebrate the ways in which the digital sphere can be combined with live arts to entertain and enrich our experiences. It also looks at gaming and the culture that surrounds the art form.

The IRL Digital Festival promises to combine the immersive with interactive, to offer unique and mind-blowing audience experiences throughout the entire venue. There will be virtual reality, laser shows, video games, and electronic art on show, with many free exhibits and events on offer as well as ticketed shows such as beatboxer Tom Thumb working alongside the QSO.

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Tom Thum will beatbox with backing music by QSO at IRL. Image by Conan Whitehouse.


Brisbane Powerhouse Artistic Director, Kris Stewart says, "I'm part of a generation that grew up with gaming being a big part of our storytelling experience. Mixing digital tools with live arts can create some spectacularly immersive and interactive shows, and it is a path down which some great creators are heading."

In many ways, increasing access to technology has led to an explosion in online talent. We now live in a world where people get their big breaks via You Tube, where kids can make quality music and videos in their bedrooms and where the lines between the amateur and professional are blurred.

The IRL Digital Festival is all about embracing and enabling creative people in this new digital sphere. There will be a free pop-up virtual reality lounge, art you can interact with and a visually stunning laser and music extravaganza RGB LASER SHOW by audio-visual artist Robin Fox. You can even play with video games from every era in retrospective Player One/Player Two, or get your own creative juices flowing in Enter the Mashup where you can make a mashup of film and animation.

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RGB Laser Show at IRL Festival


While full details of the festival line up are still emerging, if you buy an IRL Digital Festival ticket or subscribe to Powermail using competition code word IRL and you could win $300 Brisbane Powerhouse Dollars.

One thing's for sure, it's sure to be heaps of fun for fans of anything digital, so keep your eye on the website for current and emerging festival acts.

"The festival is on every day till 9pm," says Kris, "So we encourage everyone to grab their friends and family and make a night (or afternoon) of it."

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Why? It's the Future of Entertainment
When: 7th to 17th May 2015
Phone: 07 3358 8600
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
Cost: Full details TBA
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