The performers at the Abbey Medieval Festival are a special part of the best cultural festival in Brisbane. Photo by Brett Croese.

The performers at the Abbey Medieval Festival are a special part of the best cultural festival in Brisbane. Photo by Brett Croese.

Come and be a part of the special atmosphere of the Abbey Medieval Festival! We always love to hear from new performers interested in helping us create an authentic medieval feel.

The festival period covers a thousand years – from AD 600 to 1600 – and allows a variety of theatre and music. You need to refer to this time period on the application form.

The Abbey Museum Medieval Festival helps raise interest in medieval cultural performance, theatre, dance and music.  We give our performers latitude so they may represent their unique styles, skills and instruments to the public.

However, the Abbey Medieval Festival Committee reserves the right to accept or reject street theatre or musicians based on merit or previous bookings.

What exactly are we looking for?
We aim to have a mix of street performance and music throughout the Festival.  Street theatre suitable for the Abbey Medieval Festival includes:

  • Juggling
  • Balancing
  • Conjuring
  • Puppetry
  • Mime
  • Comedy (often bawdy)
  • Mystery/miracle plays
  • Dancers
  • Troubadours/ Singers
  • Pilgrims
  • Poets
  • It can also extend to specific and accurate re-enactment of particular themes, such as Black Death plague victims, farmers, wenches, wandering friars, Jewish moneylenders or doctors, lepers and so on.

Musical performers with authentic musical instruments add enormously to the sounds and ambience of the Abbey Medieval Festival. We welcome street musicians, either as part of the re-enactment groups or as buskers.

Suitable instruments include fiddles, lutes, harps, drums, cymbals, trumpets, dronepipes, bagpipes, flutes and pipes.

The Festival aims at introducing new bands that adhere to the standards noted above. It is impossible to accept every band that wishes to come; however, please send us a CD of your work and repertoire.

Comments or questions?
For information on performing at the Abbey Medieval Festival, please refer to our Street Theatre Information Guide.

Applications are now open! If you are interested in performing at the 2016 Festival, please fill out our online application form or contact the program and performance coordinator with any questions.