Interviews & Op-eds

NEHIB is not just about reviews. The team will trawl the sites, follow the gossip trails  and interview the local creatives to get the 411 on all that’s happening in Brisneyland. This page is your source for interviews, op-eds and recommendation from the team about the best of Brisbane.

Picks of the Fest – Melt 2019

Melt, the Brisbane Powerhouse’s annual festival of Queer Arts and Culture is back again in 2019, celebrating all things LGBTQ+ in one of Brisbane’s best venues. Melt runs from 27 June to 14 July and there are more than 30 performances, events and showcases over the 2.5 week program.

MJ O’Neil and Ads J have scoured the depths of the 2019 program and found five gems that you simply must see. You’ll find their recommendations here.

Alex Mizzen on Bringing the Unseen to Light.

Ads J interviewed Alex Mizzen, circus performer, dancer and maker of fine movements, in November 2018 about her artistic journey, creating her first solo show, ‘Invisible Things’ and developing ‘Fred, Bobby and Me’ with the Circa Zoo ensemble.

‘First of all, I didn’t know whether I was going to be able to perform at all. I didn’t know what my physical capability would be, but I knew I was getting better. Which is actually a really freeing thing because so much of that rigid headspace was around, you know you are these things – you are a circus performer, you’re a hand balancer. So to take those labels away and just go, well what is it that I want to say?’

Read the full interview here.

Our Picks of “How Soon Is Now” – Backbone’s 2018 Festival

Ads J takes a deep dive in the program of Backbone’s annual long festival of arts, “How Soon Is Now” and picks out of the must see show’s of the bunch.

This year, the festival is titled “How Soon is Now” and is pitched as “a rebellion .. against cold and passive interactions … a festival full of unforgettable moments. The dirty, messy, sweaty, intimate and sublime.”  The Festival runs for the whole month of October, and is full of a whole lot of goodness you must see. If you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to highlight a few must sees in the program.

Read about it here …

Celia White gets to grip with making dynamic feminist work in a post-#metoo world

Ads J interviewed Celia White in August 2018 to talk about Vulcana’s show ‘As If No-one Is Watching” and what’s next for the company.

“So that idea has been knocking at the back of my head for quite some time. That idea of how women take up space, what [they] think about when they’re alone, when they’re private. Sometimes those private spaces are safe, but sometimes they’re dangerous and isolating. So, what happens when you take women outside those spaces and bring them together? They kind of make noise, take up space differently. But, how confident are we to be in public and raise our voices?”

Read more here…

Adam’s Pick of the Bunch – #BrisFest2018

Adam is a self-confessed Bris-Fest tragic. He picks out seven unmisseable shows for this years international arts fair that is the Brisbane Festival.

It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeeeeaaaaarrrrr! And what time is that you ask? BrisFest time. It’s spring, the weather’s warming up and Brisbane is saturated with all the arty goodness one could hope for. For three weeks. And they have discounted tickets. Bris Fest!

Read all about it here...