CreateX Finale

  • 6pm – 6:50pm

Outdoor Spaces(Performance at Gona Barracks, 7 Musk Avenue the home of QUT Creative Industries Precinct)

Suitable for all ages

  • Free
CreateX Finale - Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove
Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove

50 minute Spectacular celebrating Creativity

Welcome to CreateX! Help QUT Creative Industries celebrate with the Kelvin Grove creative community with the opening of stage 2 of the Creative Industries Precinct - our new home. Enjoy amazing performances from over 200 performers alongside top QUT alumni Kate Miller-Heidke, Naomi Price, Carita Farrer, Keir Nuttall and dancer Michelle Ryan.

And if you come early you can enjoy food from a variety of food stalls.

The duration is 50 mins

CreateX Finale - Inside QUT Creative Industries
Inside QUT Creative Industries
CreateX Finale - Creative Dance
Creative Dance
CreateX Finale - Outside QUT Creative Industries
Outside QUT Creative Industries
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The Performers

Kate Miller-Heidke

Multi award- winning singer, songwriter and composer Kate Miller-Heidke, has released five albums with considerable chart success, composed the opera “The Rabbits” with Iain Grandage, and co-created “The Book of Sand” an interactive work for screen. She completed a Masters in Music at QUT, and was recently named QUT’s Outstanding Alumni Award winner for 2016.

Naomi Price

Naomi Price is an Australian singer, known for appearing in the fourth season of the Australian version of The Voice. She is also highly regarded for roles in her original creations Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele and Wrecking Ball. Naomi has an illustrious career as a ‘straight’ actor too, most recently appearing in “Ladies in Black” at the Queensland Theatre Company and “Richard III” at La Boite.

Carita Farrer

Carita Farrer has been a professional performer for 20 years having graduated from QUT in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts (Acting). In the last decade Carita has become synonymous with her quirky and immensely funny cabaret shows as well as her work in live theatre which includes performances with MTC, QTC and Hothouse Theatre Co. Carita is also an experienced writer and director as well as a highly sought after teacher currently working with the students at Melbourne's National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA).

Michelle Ryan

Michelle’s dance career has spanned over 25 years. She was part of the Australian Dance Theatre in Europe, Portugal and Sweden. On returning to Australia, Michelle was a founding member of Splintergroup and worked at Dancenorth for five years in various capacities. At 30, the peak of her career, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Although MS has irreparably damaged Michelle’s physical prowess, it cannot undermine a lifetime of physical artistry and creative expression. Michelle was appointed Artist Director of Restless Dance Theatre in 2013 and during this time she performed nationally and internationally and won countless awards for her performances. Michelle was inducted into the South Australian Woman’s Honour Roll in 2015. Last year also she performed her own work “Intimacy” in London’s Southbank.


DeepBlue the orchestra unleashed comprises strings, electronics and physical theatre amplified and magnified by video and interactivity. Their performances combine the lush strings of an orchestra, the groove of a band, the drama of theatre, and the excitement of a circus. The group remixes Radiohead, Gotye, Bowie, and even Ravel, and their DeepBlue originals combining lush strings with big beats. The performers’ exquisite playing, precision moves, physical antics and immersive visuals have enthralled audiences around Australia and the world.

The Creators

QUT Creative Industries is part of the Creative Heart of Brisbane at Kelvin Grove. Uniquely we create across boundaries and borders where we are not limited to reproducing the past but seek new ways to contribute to the creative economy. Art, Design, Communication, Science, Health, Education and Business creatively collide with Industry, Community and International Education Institutions.

We will feature some of our best graduates performing alongside future students, together with our current staff and students in celebration.

Presented by

  • Creative Director:
    Sean Mee
  • Musical Director:
    Brad Millard
  • Associate Director:
    Andrea Moor
  • Members of the Deep Blue Orchestra
  • Students of the Creative Industries Faculty
  • Some of QUT's finest alumni
  • QUT staff and students


  • Queensland Academy of Creative Industries
  • Kelvin Grove State College
  • St Peters Lutheran College
  • Communify
  • Arts Queensland
  • Creative Media Warehouse

Kate Miller-Heidke

Naomi Price


Carita Farrer

The Making Of

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How did you make it?

The CreateX finale has been in ongoing creative development since 2014, it has seen many different shapes and forms until the realisation you see today. One major influence on the development was seen In March/April 2015 when Mathilde Lopez and John Norton from the National Theatre of Wales came to Brisbane as guests of QUT, and as part of an Arts Queensland grant. Their approach to “located performance” has greatly influenced director Sean Mee’s approach to this performance.

National Theatre Wales is a non-building based theatre company that makes work that is site-located (e.g. on beaches, in forests, in village halls, on mountains and across whole towns, but sometimes in theatres too!), that is digitally innovative, including live-streaming and gaming, and alongside an online community of more than 5,700 members, with internationally-renowned artists and companies (e.g. Michael Sheen, Gruff Rhys, Frantic Assembly) and always with – not just for - communities (esp. through TEAM, our 600-strong network of individuals with a passion for the arts).

The finale you see today is a culmination of ongoing work of staff at QUT to ensure that this building is porous with the surrounds and the creatives inside work hand in hand with the Kelvin Grove local community. It's such a diverse community - from QUT staff and students to local schools, residents, shop owners and employees from our urban village.

The history of the land has also informed the ‘making of’ for this finale spectacular - the director Sean Mee has spent hours talking, interviewing and consulting with the locals, indigenous elders, military, QUT staff and students and the people of this place.

Getting to CreateX

Cnr Kelvin Grove Rd and Musk Avenue,
QUT Kelvin Grove Campus