What's on this week | 2 - 8 December
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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Together, we gather and celebrate the richness and diversity of First Nations Peoples and honour the significant role these voices play in shaping the cultural landscape of Queensland. Be inspired, be challenged and immerse yourself in a deadly program of First Nations works that celebrate love, loss, laughter and life.
Dylan Moran | Monday 2 - Thursday 5 December
Legendary Irish comedian Dylan Moran is returning to Australia with a brand-new show Dr. Cosmos. Moran will once again offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation.
Arj Barker is Australia’s adopted son of comedy. He is a regular on Australian television screens with appearances on every major television comedy show. From playing Dave on the hit show Flight of the Concords, to The Project, Have You Been Paying Attention, Just For Laughs and everything in between.
Comedian and online sensation, Joe "Mr. D" Dombrowski, walks you through the insanity of elementary school teaching with his stand-up comedy tour, Indoor Recess.
The Gold Lotto City Hall Lights return with an enchanting, brand new story by celebrated Brisbane Children’s Author Samantha Wheeler. Taking place nightly, the playful Aussie Christmas tale comes to life via animation onto City Hall every 15 minutes. With its enchanting narrative and creative flair, this intricate lighting display has fast become a highlight of the festive season.
Boho Luxe Market is no ordinary market - it is a weekend of wanderlust. These brands are the creatives, the makers, the shakers, the artists, the designers, the foodies, the gypsies, the adventurers, the musicians and the wanderers and they are all part of the beautiful Boho Luxe Tribe.
WATER | Saturday 7 December - 26 April 2020
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.
A Performance of Handel's enduring masterpiece, with its famous "Hallelujah" chorus, is a much-loved Christmas tradition. As well as exploring biblical elements, the libretto surveys hope, suffering, death, resurrection and redemption, the hallmarks of the human condition and has universal appeal.
Come along to the annual Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols at Riverstage, City Botanic Gardens this Saturday. The free Carols event will host a variety of Australia's most renowned singers and entertainers as they ignite the big stage in this joyous and magical celebration of Christmas.
Connect directly with Brisbane-based makers and sort out all of your Christmas shopping in one go. With over 100 local artisans setting up shop, make a day of it with the family in the surrounds of Brisbane River. Grab a bite to eat from one of many food trucks while enjoying the best in local live entertainment.
Aida | Until 4 December
Opera Australia is bringing its radiant production of Aida to Brisbane. From the famous Triumphal March to the intimate ending, every scene is spectacular. Opulent costumes and props reflect the splendour of Egypt at the height of its powers.
Chicago | Until 6 December
A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all the jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the slickest dancing in town. Don't miss CHICAGO coming to the QPAC this November and starring Natalie Bassingthwaighte as Roxie Hart, Alinta Chidzey as Velma Kelly and Casey Donovan as Matron "Mama" Morton.
Starring acclaimed Brisbane actor Eugene Gilfedder as Scrooge, and featuring live music, yule-tide carolling, innovative video design, lavish costumes and, of course, snow, A Christmas Carol is a large-scale, visual feast to set your spirits soaring!
A collection of blatant and honest paintings, Moss describes his work as colourful, meaningful, philosophical, funny, serious, pretty, ugly and BIG. Growing up with split parents, one whom was very religious and the other who had found their livelihood managing a brothel, Moss brings a kaleidoscope of opinions and influences to his eye catching and controversial images.
Journey through The Enchanted Garden at Roma Street Parkland and experience one of Brisbane’s largest lighting displays. Set amid winding pathways bordered by towering trees and lush foliage, The Enchanted Garden treats visitors to a magnificent evening walk, lit with the warm glow of mesmerising lights.
Christmas lovers you better brace your elves because Victoria Park’s renowned Putt Putt is turning into the ultimate Christmas wonderland this festive season. Head over to Victoria Park to venture through Reindeer’s Meadow, Candy Cane Lane and Santa’s workshop, while tackling the ultimate 18-hole Putt Putt course with your friends, colleagues and family this Christmas.
Jon Molvig (1923-70) spent the greater part of his productive life in Brisbane where he dominated the art scene into the late 1960s. Outspoken and rebellious, Molvig was also a charismatic teacher whose uncompromising commitment to painting inspired a group of young artists. This survey acknowledges his contribution to the local art community, features his early, vibrant works drawing on European influences and brings his stylistic eclecticism to the fore.
New Woman | Until 15 March 2020
Fiercely independent, adventurous and often overlooked, Brisbane's female artists have employed passion and determination to ensure art in Brisbane finds its voice. Each generation has produced artwork in response to the rapidly changing social, cultural and economic circumstances of the city. New Woman traces vast changes in ideas of gender, artistic styles, subject matter and ways of seeing the world through sculpture, painting and photography.
Over 125 Queensland languages were once spoken, now around 50 of these remain spoken daily. Join the journey of six Queensland communities saving their traditional languages. Rediscover Queensland languages lost and reawakened by the strength of culture, identity and connection to Country.
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.
Support local artists and attend the City Sound acts around Brisbane with artists like Petal and Peace or Josh Mcnz.
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.
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.
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