What's on this month at South Bank

Gather your friends and family for a month of laughter, excitement and fun at South Bank! Here’s what’s on.

Yayoi Kusama's Obliteration Room 2002

The obliteration room 2002 — present / Collaboration between Yayoi Kusama and Queensland Art Gallery (QAG), commissioned by the QAG / Gift of the artist through the QAG Foundation 2012 / Collection: QAG / © Yayoi Kusama / Courtesy: Yayoi Kusama Studio, Inc.

Medibank Feel Good Program

2 October – 2 December |South Bank Parklands

A series of free outdoor fitness classes held on the Little Stanley Street Lawn. Classes include yoga, cardio, bootcamp, active kids and more. Bookings are not required and all ages and fitness levels are welcome. 

American Express Openair Cinema

6 October – 19 November | South Bank Parklands 

Openair cinema returns to the beautiful Rainforest Green with an exciting festival program of food, fun and flicks.

A Festival of Russian Ballet

19 - 20 October | Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Following their sell-out performances of Swan Lake and A Russian Triple Bill, the Imperial Russian Ballet Company returns to Australia.

MS Moonlight Walk

20 October | South Bank Parklands

Join MS Queensland in its walk to fight MS - take part in a 5km or 10km walk around Brisbane. Receive your free lantern and walk with pride along the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Story Bridge and lush Botanic Gardens before crossing the Goodwill Bridge to continue the fun with live music at South Bank.

Scotland the Brave

21 October | Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Brisbane audiences will be treated to a good old highland fling when the international smash hit spectacular Scotland the Brave returns for two shows only.

Brisbane Fitness Show

21 - 23 October | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) 

Enjoy a motivational boost and discover the latest trends in fitness and health at the Fitness Show.

Queensland Ballet’s Peter Pan

25 October – 4 November| Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Take the hand of Peter Pan and come on a journey to the fabled Neverland.

Sung into Being: Aboriginal Masterworks 1984-94

Until 22 October | Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)

An exhibition featuring more than 100 works from a period when aboriginal art became appreciated in Australia as fine art.

Kate Beynon: Friendly Beasts

Until 22 October | Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

Fun kids activities with Friendly Beast characters - making masks, dancing and drawing.

Halloween Screamfest: American Express Openair Cinemas Presents IT and Mother

31 October and 1 November | South Bank Parklands

Boo! The American Express Openair Cinema celebrating Halloween with two special nights featuring frightening food, fun and flicks – IT and Mother. There’s even a Creepy Crafty Corner with a Queensland twist, where you can carve a petrifying pineapple!

Guy Sebastian’s Conscious Tour 

2 November | Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

To celebrate the release of his new album, Guy Sebastian will be bringing his Conscious Tour to Brisbane with special guest Matt Gresham.

The Wizard of Oz

4 November – 3 December | Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Join the Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man, Lion and Scarecrow on a journey to the magical land of Oz. This will be the Australian premiere of the London Palladium production.

Professor Brian Cox Live 2017

4 November | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Direct from Europe and for the first time in Australia, Professor Brian Cox brings the world’s most successful and significant science shows to Brisbane, featuring imagery of the universe from the Hubble Space Telescope. 

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

4 November – 11 February | Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Take a wild and wonderful journey through significant moments in Yayoi Kusama's career in Life is the Heart of a Rainbow at GOMA.

Supanova 2017

10 – 12 November | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Supanova is a celebration of pop culture featuring celebrity guests from anime, comic books, manga, sci-fi, television shows, movies, gaming, cosplay and more! 

Ziggy Alberts 

11 November | Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Independent folk Ziggy Alberts tours Australia in theatres around the country with the release of the new single Heaven.

Scenes from a Marriage

13 November – 3 December | Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

A darkly comic production delving into love when of a bombshell is dropped on the relationship of a seemingly ideal couple. Starring real-life power couple Marta Dusseldorp (Janet King, Jack Irish, A Place to Call Home) and Ben Winspear.

11th Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2017

23 November | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards acknowledge cinematic excellence from 70 countries and areas, and recognise filmmaking that best reflects its cultural origins.

The Nightingale

26 November | Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

A glimpse into the musical world of nature’s genuine night songstress, The Nightingale, this classical concert treats the audience to musical visions from dusk till dawn.

Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images

Until 4 February | Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

See the first substantial Australian exhibition of the works of contemporary art by German artist Gerhard Richter, widely recognised as one of the world’s most influential painters.

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum

Until 28 Jan 2018 | Queensland Museum

An exclusive exhibition featuring artefacts, interactive games and displays revealing how gladiators lived and how they trained.

Australian Collection

Ongoing |Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)

An exciting exhibit bringing together indigenous and contemporary Australian collections capturing major historical moments from first contact colonisation and exploration to immigration.

Little Days Out

Every Thursday from 9am-1pm | South Bank Parklands

South Bank’s free kids' program is back for another year! Head along every Thursday for free activities (all taught by qualified instructors) including music, science, sport and more.

City Sounds – South Bank

Every Saturday from 3-8pm | South Bank Parklands

Pack a picnic and head to South Bank every Saturday for City Sounds – Australia’s largest free live music program. Kick back under the shade of a leafy tree and enjoy the dulcet tones of local Brisbane artists. Artists change every week, so there’s always someone new to see. 

The Collective Markets

Every Friday from 5-9pm, Saturday from 10am-9pm and Sunday from 9am-4pm | Stanley Street Plaza

Enjoy a relaxing stroll through The Collective Markets, marvelling at the beautiful wares on offer. There’s ornate jewellery, hand-made clothes, stunning artwork and more. If you’re hungry, you can also pick up a cool drink or a yummy treat to nibble on while you shop.

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