What's on this week | 21 - 27 October
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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Good Boy | Wednesday 23 October
The Tivoli is thrilled to have Brissie's own Good Boy be the among the first artists to grace the venue's new stage What's Golden. In the last 12 months, Good Boy have released their third EP "Shirk Life", sold out an entire Australian tour, toured with Grinspoon, Skegss, Japandroids, Hockey Dad and The Creases as well as lighting up the stage at Splendour In The Grass, Falls Festival and Boogie Festival.
Statum | Until Saturday 26 October
Inspired by a series of techno-circus experiments, Statum explores the interplay between human bodies and technology – fusing live biometric data and acrobatic virtuosity to create a new kind of circus spectacle. Audiences are invited to experience circus from a completely new angle. Inhabit performer’s bodies, muscle tension, heart rate, step count… insides are on display as beauty and geekiness meet.
Held annually on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), Island Vibe Festival is a multi-faceted celebration of music, dance, art and Island culture that includes art exhibitions, creative and educative workshops, film screenings, talks, cabaret, circus, eco-food and craft markets. Four stages are host to over 80 mighty reggae, roots, soul and electronic acts - including Indigenous and Pacific Islander dance and cultural groups.
Using her body, audio soundscape and installation, multidisciplinary artist Piyali Ghosh's performance will bridge the space between decorative motif and abstract form, in which the process of mark-making becomes an act of reclamation, including the reclamation of self-hood.
Diwali Festival (also known as The Festival of Lights), is returning to Chinatown Mall. Festivities will include traditional live music, dance and performing artists. Special light displays will illuminate the precinct, offering visitors the chance to experience the wonder of this ancient Hindu celebration.
See some of Brisbane's most creative emerging talent on show in this half-hour parade featuring an inspiring array of new designers. New to the Brisbane Fashion Month schedule this year, the slow fashion runway from 5:30pm-6:00pm focuses on ethical and sustainable fashion labels.
Over 50 incredible artists descend on Fortitude Valley in a celebration of fashion, art, food, music and entertainment for an unmissable FREE event. In addition to the abundance of live music, visitors to the lanes can immerse themselves in a multi-faceted range of experiences on offer as part of the festival’s discovery trails – the fashion & beauty trail, the art & design trail, the heritage trail, the food & wine trail and the market trail.
Latin Bazaar Market and National Salsa Day 2019 will bring the best of salsa dancing to Brisbane mixed with Latin food stalls and the best entertainment, classes and workshops during the day. Don’t miss the opportunity to share your salsa steps with others and if you don’t know how to dance yet come along and learn from the best teachers from the best academies in Brisbane.
Calling all monsters, goblins and ghouls! The spook-tacular celebration of all things scary is back, as South Bank’s Little Stanley Street is set to come alive with traditional Halloween activities where family and friends can come together to eat, trick and treat! From 5pm-8pm this Saturday and Sunday, families will see the street lined with colourful Halloween characters creating a trail of trick or treat hot spots up and down South Bank’s restaurant strip, giving the chance for Halloween lovers to collect buckets of tasty goodies.
Undateable. Unemployable. Unstoppable. Everybody is talking about Muriel! Experience one of the most loved Australian films of all time in this big, brash and very cheeky new musical.
The Brisbane Portrait Prize is a new cultural event for Brisbane that will showcase the best in contemporary portraiture and celebrate the character of the city and those who make it what it is. The prize will be the pre-eminent portraiture award in Queensland, held annually at Brisbane Powerhouse.
Jane Eyre | Until 9 November
Brontë’s gothic tale of a spirited orphan in search of love, family and a sense of belonging, blazes into QPAC this October. Witness one of the most iconic pieces of English literature retold in a faithful yet fiercely original new stage adaptation from the nationally-renowned shake & stir theatre co (A Christmas Carol, 1984, Dracula).
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.
Recharge this Spring with the Medibank Feel Good Program in Brisbane City, a series of free, outdoor exercise classes held at Queens Gardens from 2 October to 28 November 2019. Bookings are not required, and there’s classes to suit all fitness levels. Classes are held at Queen Gardens between George, Elizabeth and William Streets.
From 12 August to 1 December 2019, experience the Women's Work exhibition curated by Brisbane Art Matriachs!, a collective of up-and-coming female arts leaders working towards bridging the gap for women exhibiting in public spaces. Women's Work celebrates the empowering artforms and originality of female creatives through a series of outdoor installations, guided tours and talks. This exhibition is grounded in the belief that the work of all women, within the realm of the domestic and beyond, is invaluable. Find out more about street art in Brisbane here.
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.
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 Rubatuba, Liam Griffin, Dillion James, Emma Whines, Hayley Wilson, Madeleine McCaw.
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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