Noel Staunton is a highly successful artistic producer. Having been on the Australian arts scene for over thirty years, he’s been working on the Brisbane Festival since 2010 as the Artistic Director. The Brisbane Festival occurs every year in September and with an eclectic mix of opera, dance, circus and music performances, amongst many others on show, the festival exudes an electric atmosphere and really is one not to be missed. Passionate about the city he lives and works in, Noel was, of course, a top choice for our Tastemaker project…
Tell us a little bit about what you do…
I am the Artistic Director at Brisbane Festival. I have great fun dreaming up ideas.
How long have you lived in Brisbane and what is it about the city that has you hooked?
I have been in Brisbane for four years now. I love Brisbane because it is really on a creative cusp. We have some incredible artistic companies leading the way like Circa, Expressions Dance Company, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, La Boite Theatre Company and Opera Queensland.
I am also a big foodie and there are so many new restaurants opening up every day that I cannot wait to try.
How does the city inspire your creativity?
The Brisbane River and its magic is the greatest inspiration. I am fascinated by the way the people have embraced the river and how the river has shaped the city’s identity.
Where’s your latest find in the city, where has just opened that can’t be missed?
I love the newly refurbished City Hall and the beautiful Museum of Brisbane on its rooftop. Both are definitely worth a visit and the ride up the iconic clock tower is truly something special.
If you had just one afternoon in the city what would you show us?
I would take you to GOMA or Brisbane Powerhouse, then for a meal at Tartufo.
Are there any trends you can see in Brisbane?
Brisbane is definitely becoming a party city – people are staying out later and giving the cities down south a run for their money.
How would you spend your perfect evening in Brisbane?
My perfect evening would consist of dinner and drinks by the Brisbane River. My top picks are Popolo and The Jetty at River Quay.
Do you have a favourite local’s spot in the city, why is it so special to you?
My favourite place in Brisbane would have to be South Bank. It is the city’s cultural hub and has its own rainforest and beach!