What's on this week | 17 - 23 June
Brisbane's calendar is jam-packed with activities, music, eating, theatre and sport. Get the diary out and start planning your week.
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The Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane is on again at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Browse the 4.5 kilometres of tables holding up 22 semi-trailer loads of books, as well as comics, magazines, records, stationery, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, vinyl, board games, sheet music and more!
Tosca | Monday 17 - Saturday 22 June
Opera Queensland’s new production of Tosca is set in 1970s Rome where political and religious tensions are at breaking point. Step into a world of iconic style and lush glamour with Patrick Nolan’s new production of Puccini’s exquisite masterpiece, Tosca.
The inner-city green space of Post Office Square will be host to a line-up of popular romantic comedies, and a pop-up bar catered by Isles Lane.
Time: 5pm - 8pm, movie start time of 5:30pm. Wednesday 19 June: Sweet Home Alabama
Broadway star Megan Hilty is best known for her starring role as Ivy Lynn in the hit NBC television series Smash, and the Broadway musicals Wicked and 9 to 5: The Musical. Called a “burgeoning blonde bombshell” by The Daily Beast, Hilty’s sensational voice and star power are perfect for a trip through the American Songbook.
Trust in your tour guide, while you put the supplied headphones on, listen to the hilarious commentary and your favourite uplifting dance tunes from the 70's, 80's, 90's and 00's while you make spontaneous flash-mobs around the city.
Award-winning US comedian, actor and writer Nick Offerman is returning down under with his brand new live show. All Rise is an evening of deliberative talking and light dance that will compel you to chuckle whilst urging you to brandish a better side of humanity than the one to which we have grown accustomed.
What makes Brisbane special as a city? What do locals really think? Join people+artist+place Co-Directors Jenna Green and Marisa Georgiou, along with their creative collaborators, as they unravel ‘The Brisbane Aesthetic’ from the various perspectives of locals and visitors.
Every single Finders Keepers market is meticulously curated, featuring fresh talent and debut stalls. With dedicated food and beverage stalls, live music, a bar, fresh coffee and food trucks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Join them for a spectacular musical journey from The Motown Era to the New Millennium. Featuring hits from The Temptations, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, The Spinners, EWF, Billy Ocean, Prince, Bobby Brown, Bruno Mars and many more. An amazing two-hour spectacle featuring five sensational singers and a phenomenal eight piece band that will have you dancing in your seats.
One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers captivated. Helpmann award-winning singer and actress Kerrie Anne Greenland (Les Miserables) will bring Garland’s songs and stories to life, backed by an on-stage band, including sax, keys and percussion.
Celebrating the Winter Solstice with an annual festival of live music, dancing, talks and workshops for all ages, yummy food, a lantern parade and of course the mesmerising bonfire.
Get ready to take your tastebuds on the ultimate Asian foodie adventure, with over 47 Sunnybank restaurants and outlets serving up delicious $2 mini dishes all afternoon and evening long (2pm - 8pm). Almost every Asian cuisine you could possibly be craving, from Japanese to Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Taiwanese and Hong Kong style will be on offer.
There’s no better way to enjoy the city’s world-class climate than a relaxing Sunday session at Brisbane’s most spectacular river front destination: River Quay Green. This weekly event will showcase the soft and smooth tunes of some of Brisbane’s best musicians, all set against the backdrop of the Brissie skyline.
At its heart, cabaret is a form storytelling – from delicately beautiful to thrilling and hilarious, catch it all on stage at the Queensland Cabaret Festival. Here an ever-changing narrative of ideas and performance, with music, song, dance, comedy and movement means there’s never a dull moment
MELT is an invitation to celebrate Brisbane’s wonderfully diverse queer communities. Brisbane’s LGBTQI+ voice is loud and clear, bursting with pride, humour, humanity and rebellion. The community is bounding towards equality in many vital aspects of life and MELT is a vehicle for these leaps.
Discover the stories behind the incredible works created by BAD artists and designers, with practices that span robotics, performance art, video, installation, ceramics and painting.
Roughsey was a figurehead and pioneer of Indigenous art and culture, throughout his career he explored traditional practices, stories and ceremonies, social effects caused by missionary activity, everyday life on Mornington Island, and his journey through Cape York.
Cultural traditions stemming from tens of thousands of years of living history are on show at this three-month winter festival jam-packed with 55 events. Join cultural whale watching tours, Kunjiels (corroborees), Indigenous sports, music, eco boat tours, art exhibitions, fibre art and weaving workshops, bush tucker dining, arts and cultural talks by specialists and new events featuring international acts and First Nations dancers and performances.
Through never-before-seen original photographs, rare and restricted historical papers, and newly commissioned artworks, Plantation Voices repatriates the living history of the unknown names and faces of people tricked or kidnapped into servitude as cheap labour in Queensland’s cane fields.
Discover the exciting history of rocket science and space flight at the Queensland Museum, and learn about some of the most extraordinary accomplishments in space technology.
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. All classes are held on the Little Stanley Street Lawns, except for Mums and Bubs Pilates which is held at South Bank Piazza and Aqua which is in the Boat Pool.
Support local artists and attend the City Sound acts around Brisbane with artists like Rubatuba, Salmon & the Peaches, Sky Eater, This New Light, Gypsy Rumble and The Sentimental Folk.
Fridays just got funny at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you’ve been a fan of our comedy on Sundays, we encourage you to knock off early for a chance to start your weekend with a good laugh and a cold beer. A variety of local and Australian comedians will be bringing you the best one-liners, hilarious stories and side-splitting observations on these Friday evenings.
Shake up your end of the week plans with Big Fork Fridays—your fresh comedy hit every Friday night in Paddington. It’s comedy like you’ve never seen before as Big Fork Theatre’s crack team of comedians and improvisers guarantee a brand new night of comedy every Friday night at 7.30pm, direct from the old Paddington Substation.
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