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Discover what's on this January in Brisbane

Brisbane and surrounds are serving up a blockbuster month of entertaining events involving fantastic festivals, spectacular sport, extraordinary exhibitions, sensational stage productions and a whole lot of fabulous food. Check out what events are happening in winter below.

ATP Cup | 3-8 January 

The ATP Cup is a new men's team competition featuring 24 of the world's top nations competing in Australia over two weeks in January, with group stages held across Brisbane, Sydney and Perth. Brisbane will host two groups of four teams. Each group winner will progress to Sydney for the ATP Cup finals. Brisbane has an amazing draw, so make sure you get your tickets.

Brisbane International | 6 - 12 January 

Brisbane International is a women's only tournament. The event is headlined by Brisbane's own world No.1 Ash Barty and Japan's Naomi Osaka. Former world No. 1 Venus Willams is also confirmed to play. Get ready for some epic days of tennis. The tournament boasts one of the strongest fields in the world as players prepare for the Australian Open.

The Sound Society | 5 January 

The Sound Society delivers a free live music program that will mellow your soul and leave you relaxed as you embrace chilled tunes in the lush green surrounds of Roma Street Parkland. Sunday 5 January 2020, 11am - 2pm - Slips and the F. W.'s at Banyan Lawn.

Brisbane Heat 2019/20 BBL Season | 1 -23 January

This season will see the Big Bash League expand with five blockbuster Brisbane Heat Home games at the Gabba PLUS two Home Games at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast. Be a part of the electric atmosphere, fireworks, family entertainment and non-stop action.

The Book of Mormon | 3 January - 14 February

After a sold out season in 2019, The Book of Mormon is coming back due to popular demand, this January for a limited season. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get.

Operation Ouch! Live on Stage | 3-4 January

Television's favourite doctors – Dr Chris and Dr Xand van Tulleken – are returning to Australia these summer school holidays and are kicking off their tour at QPAC with a brand new show. It will be packed with all-new crazy experiments and amazing facts, as the doctors explore the fascinating world of biology, showing you the incredible things your body can do. 

Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS | 10 January - 23 February 

Discover the cabinet of curiosities, a tale where time stands still, and audiences are transported to a fantasy world, where anything is possible. Poetic, joyous, absurd, fun and beautiful watch as gymnasts, acrobats, contortionists, clowns, actors and more bring alive a story that will have the whole family entertained. Featuring an extraordinary cast of 47 artists from across 17 different countries, you will not want to miss this enchanting performance.

Fantastic Mr. Fox | 9-18 January

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox returns to QPAC to delight and dazzle audiences of all ages these summer holidays thanks to award-winning theatre company – shake & stir theatre co. Following a smash-hit, sold out season in 2019, Dahl’s much-loved Fox leaps off the page (and all around the stage) in this mind-blowing, visually-stunning production.

Australian Youth Water Polo Championships | 11 - 23 January

Catch more than 3,000 participants from over 175 teams splash their way to the finals of the Australian Youth Water Polo Championships. Catch one of the matches at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Valley Pool, All Hallows, Sommerville House, and Stuartholme.

So Frenchy So Chic: Nouvelle Vague | 21 January 

Gearing up for a performance sure to be a wondrous melange of the eccentric and the melodic, join Nouvelle Vague as they take us on an unexpected journey through their rich musical history of popular culture, mixed with good humour and glamour, and topped with excellent musicianship.

Lauren Daigle | 22 January

Two-time Grammy Award winner Lauren Daigle, who has sold out every one of her shows to date, will open 2020 with her first headlining tour, the Lauren Daigle World Tour. It follows nearly 70 sold out performances that have taken place since the release of her GRAMMY Award winning album, “Look Up Child”.

Oyster Frenzy | Friday 24 - Sunday 26 January

A long weekend shouldn’t go without good food. Join One Fish Two Fish for a lunch or dinner and treat yourself to 18 Pacific oysters over six courses, with flavourful and fresh dressings, and a glass of prosecco or Stone & Wood Pacific Ale for only $59 per person. Bookings are essential. 

Lunar New Year at Brisbane City | Friday 24 - Sunday 26 January

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Queen Street Mall on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th January. The mall will come alive with a celebration of Chinese culture including traditional performances such as Bamboo Pole Dancing, an exhilarating group dance using bamboo poles, and the popular Lion and Dragon dances with performers dressing in vibrant and exciting costumes to the beat of traditional Chinese drums.

Long Weekend Sunday Session at Mt Barney Lodge | Sunday 26 January

Experience quality local art, music, food and wine and an amazing view at Mt Barney Lodge. There will be acoustic live music from 2pm-7pm, outdoor lounges, local food and a licenced bar. The much-loved Mt Barney Lodge pop-up outdoor cafe - known as "A World Apart Café" will be revived for this special event. Check out the amazing Summer Silhouette Sculptures while you're there.

Medibank Feel Good Program at South Bank | 27 January – 28 March

The Medibank Feel Good Program is a series of free fitness classes held at South Bank Parklands. Bookings are not required, and there’s a range of classes to suit all fitness levels.

Hannah Gadsby: Douglas | 29-30 January

While Nanette was a random barista, Douglas is a very specific dog, and the only thing they have in common is they’ve inspired Hannah to put pen to paper and turn out a show you couldn’t possibly expect. Hannah found her voice with Nanette and with Douglas she plans to use it. The stand-up stage has been Hannah’s home for more than a decade, and the last couple of years have given her a few very new ideas to think and talk about in her brand new show.

Amanda Palmer: There Will Be No Intermission | 31 January - 1 February 

A triumphant return of an uncompromising artist, the unapologetic front-woman of The Dresden Dolls brings her critically acclaimed one-woman show down under. Fearless messages and intimate confessions, loaded with the drama of real life, this is the album her fans crowdfunded, and in return Palmer gives her all.

Ongoing + reoccurring events and exhibitions

Summer Days at the Workshops Rail Museum | Until 27 January 

These school holidays The Workshops Rail Museum will be hosting Summer Days at the Workshops Rail Museum for kids to get hands on with construction, explore real life steam trains, diesel locomotives and more.

Lloyd Rees | Until 1 March

One of Australia’s leading 20th century artists, Lloyd was greatly inspired by European architecture, an interest which infuses many of his drawings. The artworks encourage us to view our city through the lens of romanticism and escape.

New Woman | Until 15 March 

Fiercely independent, adventurous and often overlooked, Brisbane’s female artists have employed passion and determination to ensure art in Brisbane finds its voice. New Woman traces vast changes in ideas of gender, artistic styles, subject matter and ways of seeing the world through sculpture, painting and photography.

WATER | Until 26 April 

When "Water" opens this summer at GOMA, visitors are invited to explore this vital element which sustains all forms of life on Earth. From major immersive experiences to smaller-scale treasures by Australian and international artists, the exhibition will highlight this precious resource and spark conversations about the environmental and social challenges we face today.

High Rotation at Museum of Brisbane | Until 19 April 

High Rotation dives into the songs, stories and images of the Brisbane music scene, exploring a world of musicians, labels and producers, venues and fans. Featuring highlights over the past 30 years, High Rotation will reveal a snapshot of how popular music in Brisbane exploded from the local scene onto national and international stages.

Livewire Comedy | Every Sunday

Make your Sunday the starting point for an amazing week full of belly laughs, catching up with mates and getting to know the best in the local comedy scene.

City Sounds | Various gigs weekly

City Sounds is Australia's largest free live music program, presenting local and touring bands and artists throughout Brisbane.

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