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Why you should be excited by the music, arts and cultural things to do in Brisbane..

Does world class live music, comedy and art exhibitions get you off your seat? Well, the arts and culture scene is preparing to put an exclamation point on a new era of things to do in Brisbane.

The Princess Theatre - August reopening by the owners of The Tivoli

Steeped in 133 years of history, The Princess Theatre has long been a marvel for Brisbane and Woollongabba. But, after being snapped up by the crew behind The Tivoli, the oldest standing theatre in Queensland may be set for its most exciting reincarnation yet.

Don’t be expecting The Princess Theatre of yesteryear. Expect music shows and concerts that challenge the traditional format of a gig, and a venue striving to reach its modern potential.

Indie rock five piece The Paper Kites will officially open the venue on Friday August 27, before Kiwi soul singer Teeks and Melbourne duo Big Scary round out the opening weekend.

Prolific psych-rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard will then take up a five-night residency in September. The Princess Theatre Creative Director Dave Sleswick says the first announcement of acts represent the theatre's core values: diversity and inclusion.

“We want to put on shows with artists that are willing to challenge audiences and be unapologetically artistic. The world we are wanting to create is one where people come to the venue to get an experience you don’t normally get,” Sleswick said.

The theatre has drawn on inspiration from other cultural events, like Hobart’s music and arts festival Dark Mofo, to write the latest chapter in its storied history. 

“How are we going to continually re-conceptualise experiences? The thinking goes as far as how we are re-designing and creating the building. We want to create different types of spaces that will open up opportunities for different experiences, in a time where lots of people are becoming insular in this COVID-19 world.

“We want to go big.”

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European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York @ Brisbane’s GOMA

In an Australian exclusive, ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’ is now open until October 17 at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

Get set for a five century adventure of European painting from exquisite devotional scenes of the early Renaissance to fleeting glimpses of nature captured by the Impressionists.

‘European Masterpieces’ covers a period of significant religious, societal and cultural change as it charts the most important movements of Western art history through 65 paintings by Fra Angelico, Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rubens, Raphael, Goya, Turner, van Gogh, Cézanne, Monet and others.

QAGOMA Director Chris Saines said visitors should get excited by the opportunity to see works rarely seen outside of the USA.

“After several years of development and planning, we are thrilled to bring these extraordinary works of art from New York to Brisbane,” Mr Saines said.

’‘Over three chapters, ‘European Masterpieces’ traces the development of art and artists from a time when creativity was closely controlled through the patronage of church and state, to a period in which our contemporary idea of the independent artist was born.”

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The Tivoli’s Seasoned Supper Club

Treat your other half or wrangle together a group of your nearest and dearest for an immersive dining experience unrivalled in Brisbane.

The Tivoli’s Seasoned Supper Club is back on Wednesday August 4th to celebrate the sights, sounds and flavours of winter. Headlined by Art-folk artist Ryan Downey, all food and drink will be provided by the crew from City Winery.

Having evolved out of necessity to battle the implications of early-phase COVID-19 restrictions, the quarterly event has now become a staple for the inner city live music venue.

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Brisbane Comedy Festival

Australia and New Zealand’s best comedians are set to grace Brisbane with their presence from Friday July 16 to Sunday August 8 for the Brisbane Comedy Festival.

The likes of Jimeoin, Cal Wilson, Akmal, Mel Bracewell and more will be performing across three venues in Brisbane’s CBD: Brisbane Powerhouse, The Fortitude Music Hall and The Tivoli. A

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Brisbane Festival – World premiere of Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe

In a world premiere, the highly successful Australian novel ‘Boy Swallows Universe’, by Trent Dalton, will come alive onstage for four weeks from August to October at Queensland Theatre as part of Brisbane Festival.

The story of ‘Boy Swallows Universe’ is extracted from Dalton’s own childhood. It’s an exhilarating story of magic and madness, of beauty and brutality, of joy and heartbreak, and of the power of love to triumph over the darkest of circumstances.

Adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry and directed by Sam Strong this stage show is suitable for all ages, so bring the kids to enjoy a showpiece event for Brisbane theatre.

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Opera Australia Ring Cycle

Ring Cycle

From October 29 to November 20 catch Wagner’s Ring Cycle, a production by visionary Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng, at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

The 15-hour epic will be performed over four nights, and will take viewers on a moving and exhilarating journey which explores parallel universes Wagner’s legendary tale through a futuristic lens.

French conductor Philippe Auguin will be on hand having conducted the show more than a dozen times. He leads a stellar cast of Australia’s most acclaimed classical music performers.

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