Cargo Club at Metro Arts

Metro Arts kicks off 2017 with Cargo Club – ­­Transcultural Underground for Thoroughly Good Social Intercourse, a cultural cabaret created across countries by the Centre for Australasian Theatre (Far North Queensland) and DarahRouge (West Java, Indonesia) as part of Brisbane City Council’s 2017 BrisAsia Festival.

The club-style performance will rattle the six storey warehouse in Brisbane’s CBD with a unique blend of cool tunes, spoken word, ancient rituals, live art, cultural performances and retro-futurist technologies in the Sue Benner Theatre.



Transporting audiences across the world from rural villages to bustling city centers, Cargo Club dishes up a rich experience filled with deeply cultural and intimately personal stories presented in eight languages.

Between the 31st January and 18th February audiences will be treated to a playful performance that brings audiences and performers closer together in a multi-artform night out. This is a twist on your classic cabaret where stories are unpacked from suitcases and intimate tales are revealed. As the work unfolds audiences can treat themselves to a snack or drink from the bar inside the theatre.

Centre for Australasian Theatre and DarahRouge have been collaborating across oceans since 2013 and Metro Arts are bringing them to Brisbane for the first time as artists-in-residence. Brought together by their passion for intercultural collaboration, the companies have met for residencies in Bandung, Jakarta and Cairns to develop their practice and generate new forms of performance.

Collectively the companies investigate untold histories with a focus on the intergenerational impacts of colonization, migration and globalization. Their multi-artform work is created by culturally and artistically diverse artists. Photograph by Marc Steiner.

Cargo Club
31 January to 18 February 2017
Metro Arts – Brisbane