Highlights from the Festival 2018 Brisbane program

With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games kicking off just down the road, the state’s capital is joining the celebrations as a host city of two sporting events and a 12-day program of arts and culture

String Symphony at Festival 2018

Celebrating the spirit of the Commonwealth, Festival 2018 will showcase the state’s creativity and the unique lifestyle of Queenslanders. Get set for street performers, interactive art displays, theatre, music and more telling the stories of Brisbane from 4-15 April.

Classic tracks for all ages

Whether they’re internationally known or completely home-grown, each artist has earned a spot on the Festival 2018 stage. Song writing legend Don Walker will sweeten the night with iconic songs ‘Flame Trees’ and ‘Cheap Wine’ before Archie Roach takes over with well-loved Australian roots and folk music on Saturday 5 April. 

Reguigitator

Brisbane babies and art-rockers Regurgitator have been crafting music since 1994 and continue to bring the boogie with music you can dance too, while Bob Evans (aka Kevin Mitchell) will put you in a musical trance with his gentle acoustic melodies. 

Along with these artists, Kev Carmody and Brisbane supergroup Heart Music will be performing on Saturday 7 April. With this line-up, baby boomers and Gen Xers are in for a treat when all these stellar artists hit the big stage. 

Families in the spotlight

No need to break the bank, keep the kids entertained throughout the festival with a number of free children’s shows, activities and music – you might even have a little fun too. 

Botanica will be taking over City Botanic Gardens with a major contemporary art exhibition, Megafauna will take kids along the Brisbane River following the puppets of three ancient Australian mammals and Maiwar will guide you through the CBD to showcase First Nations artists and their outdoor exhibitions. 

Don’t feel like walking? A number of theatre and musical performances will keep the rascals quiet including Sally and Possum, The Owl and the Pussycat and family-friendly String Symphony. 

Music for the millennial

The Preatures

Brisbane’s evolving live music scene supports local musicians and lures national and internationally renowned artists to the city. Festival 2018 is no different with Australian artists Alex the Astronaut, Stella Donnelly and The Preatures a couple of acts hitting the stage. 

Joining these big names is local girl Airling, who is returning to her home town as an upcoming music legend. After winning triple j’s unearthed Splendour in the Grass competition in 2014, Airling has shown no signs of slowing down and is ready to share her lush electronics, dreamy beats and ethereal vocals at Festival 2018. 

Indigenous stories on stage

Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers
Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers

Brisbane has a rich Indigenous history and Festival 2018 is looking to celebrate this history through a number of events. Hear stories of the past through native Aboriginal dance with namu nunar, Murriwattana Dance Troupe, Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers and Yalu Dad. Celebrate Aboriginal heritage with a number of musical performances including Shellie Morris, Coloured Stone and the Mission Songs Project and look to the stars in Skylore, the new permanent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Astronomy show playing at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. 

Full immerge yourself on ‘Blak Friday’ on 13 April as large groups of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people gather in the cultural forecourt for a night of music, dance and history. Performances include Mission Songs Project, Skinnyfish Sound System, Modern Dreaming, Youth Takeover, eXcelsior and many more, all showcasing their Aboriginal heritage. 

Find out more about the extensive program of Festival 2018 Brisbane events on the official website here.

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