Within Toowoomba city, culture centres around some key venues and events:
A Toowoomba icon, the heritage listed art deco Empire Theatres is Australia’s largest regional performing arts theatre with seating capacity of 1,565. Restored to the full glory of its 1930s heyday but with all the technical necessities of the 21st century, the main auditorium hosts performances, events and conferences. On Neil Street, the theatre has disabled access and a number of flexible spaces for registration, meetings, break out and trade displays. A 20m x 30m landscaped garden is available for oudoor activities of the perfect site for a marquee. The 1877 Empire Theatres Church is a magical space for dinner for 350, following restoration and the installation of air-conditioning.
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
The Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery is the oldest public art gallery in regional Queensland, established in 1938. The new custom designed building opened in March 1994, and is owned and maintained by Toowoomba Regional Council. At 531 Ruthven Street, the gallery houses the Lionel Lindsay Art Gallery and Library and the Gallery Shop that stocks an extensive array of gift ideas and art works. Admission is free, there is access for the disabled and the gallery has excellent acoustics for live performances. More information.
Celebrating 15 years in 2013 and attracting tens of thousands of visitors, Easterfest is a three day music festival formerly known as the Australian Gospel Music Festival /AGMF and held over the long weekend of Easter and attracting international and Australian acts. The additional City Precinct program features small band artists playing in CBD café’s, restaurants, pubs, outdoor stages and shopping centres. There’s something for everyone!
The area surrounding Toowoomba is also well catered for with venues for performances, meetings or events:
- Highfields Cultural Centre seats 500 people
- Oakey Cultural Centre seats 100 people
- Millmerran Community and Cultural Centre seats 300 theatre style