Brisbane Festival announce electrifying line-up

1 July 2014


Brisbane Festival organisers have announced an electrifying line-up of music, theatre, dance and family fun to entertain the city from 6 to 27 September.

This year, world-renowned contemporary dancer Akram Khan will perform his award-winning masterpiece DESH; the festival will host the exclusive Australian premiere season of The Perfect American, a new work by the legendary composer Philip Glass; and Brisbane will be treated to a thrilling free opening night performance from the gravity-defying acrobats of Grupo Puja in Do Do Land.

Festivalgoers will enjoy a transformed South Bank, filled with light, colour and the ever-popular Telstra Spiegeltent. The iconic venue has an increased capacity this year and a high voltage music line-up featuring Phil Jamieson, Midnight Juggernauts and Joe Henry; hilarious comedy from Matt Okine and Ronny Chieng; and a family program for all ages, including the spellbinding world-premiere by Circa, The Physical Impossibility of Disappearing.

Direct from a sell-out season in London, a  nightly cabaret show LIMBO promises an incendiary mix of magic, acrobatics, music comedy and dance. And The Courier-Mail Piazza will host the sell-out 2012 sensation, SOAP - The Show.

Eye-catching festival landmarks will spring up at South Bank, including the towering inflatable city of Exxopolis, enticing crowds into a serene world of colour and PVC. And Brisbane Airport Light Garden is sure to enchant visitors of all ages with its winding fairy-tale forest of bamboo, light and sound on the riverbanks.

This year will be Noel Staunton’s last as artistic director and he will sign off with a bang when the festival’s 16-tonne firework feast Sunsuper Riverfire wraps up the event on Saturday 27 September.

Mr Staunton said he expected hundreds of thousands of people to turn out for the 73 productions and 440 performances over three weeks.

“The quality of artists and work means Brisbane is in for a very special September,” he said.

“We have laid on some amazing festivals over the years but I believe we have saved the best until last.”

In 2014, Brisbane Festival is also showcasing more theatre than ever before, with the world premiere Monkey… Journey to the West, based on the cult TV series Monkey Magic, indigenous masterpieces Black Diggers and Shadow King, and an adaptation of A Doll’s House by Lally Katz.

Festivalgoers are encouraged to take a walk on the wild side at Theatre Republic, which is back and bigger than ever, taking over QUT Kelvin Grove’s Creative Industries Precinct with 12 independent theatre shows and other treats for three weeks.

For more details, visit the Brisbane Festival website.