octagonal performance space known as the "Piazza" was one of the most
popular live performance arts venues at the Exposition. Well known for
it's radiant 'sun' animation on it's painted circle-stage, the venue
could host 1,000 persons seated with room for 2,000 more standing, and
up to 500 in the balconies.
Co-ordinated by Director
Hamilton, the Piazza featured a wide range of talent from dance to
sport to theatre and circus, the Piazza accommodated 10 30-minute
performances per each day of the Exposition, and had a performance
budget of $AUD 2 million.
Covered by the iconic
sun-sails of the
exposition, the success of the Piazza venue lives on today in the
present Southbank Parklands in the re-located 'Suncorp Piazza' - just
near the Nepal Peace Pagoda.
Expo City Marching Band performs at the Piazza : Photograph
Birch, Head of the Entertainment Division