Short+Sweet Queensland returns to the Brisbane Powerhouse and Arts Centre Gold Coast on Wednesday, 19 July.

The festival has been delighting audiences across the state for nine years with a diverse program of short performances, including cutting-edge contemporary, grisly drama, outlandish comedy, sultry song and everything in between.

This year, for the first time in festival history, audiences will be able to experience some of the best performances to hit the Short+Sweet Queensland stage as part of the Opening Week Extravaganza!

Kicking it off are 2016 winners of Best Overall Production, Boys Taste Better With Nutella by Brisbane-based artists Caitlin Hill and Peter Wood. Their original love-sick performance has been developed into a full length production which shares the story of Aggy, a hopeless romantic stuck in a loop of lost relationships.

“Caitlin and Peter received a five-week development to expand their ten-minute work into a full length production. Artist development is a key priority for Short+Sweet Queensland and we are so excited to showcase the pathways we can provide and to inspire future artists to experiment and create jaw-dropping new works for Queensland audiences,” said festival director Brodie Peace.

Accompanying Caitlin and Peter will be a line-up of popular 10-minute works from past festivals, performed at the.Brisbane Powerhouse stage from 19, July to 21, July.

Following the Opening Week Extravaganza is a four week program of more than 60 new performance works by local artists at the Brisbane Powerhouse and The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

“In each strand we’ve packed a diverse selection of new work that is guaranteed to leave audiences impressed. The festival is an incredible whirlwind of performance which showcases some of the best talent from South-East Queensland,” said Peace.

The Short+Sweet strands kick off in the Visy Theatre at Brisbane Powerhouse from the 26th of July to the 5th of August. Across eight nights, Short+Sweet Queensland will present 40 new performance works set to shock and delight before the festival continues with 30 new performance works at The Arts Centre Gold Coast from the 10th to 19th of August.

Following four massive weeks of exhilarating performance, audiences and anonymous judges will have chosen just twelve shows to perform alongside one another for two incredible nights of talent at Short+Sweet Festival’s Gala Finals on the 2nd and 3rd of September.

Read about last year’s Short+Sweet Festival here.