What's on this week | 14 - 20 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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The INAS Global Games is the world's largest sporting event for elite athletes with an intellectual impairment. Over 1000 elite athletes will compete across nine sports in a captivating and inspirational celebration of sport, culture and ability.
The one and only John Waters returns to Australia with his world acclaimed one-man show, filled with "comic anarchy" – the unique brand of outrageous insights and urbane wit that once earned the cult filmmaker and pop culture icon the moniker, "The Pope of Trash".
Statum | Thursday 17 - 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.
Ricki-Lee | Friday 18 October
One of Australia’s most loved popstars and multi-platinum selling ARIA award nominated singer/songwriter Ricki-Lee will celebrate her 15 years in the music business with a 2-hour concert at the Tivoli. The first part will feature songs from the Golden Globe and Oscar winning film A Star Is Born. The second part of the show will see Ricki-Lee take a trip down memory lane, performing songs that were defining moments for her on Australian Idol.
Raise your stein and welcome back Australia’s largest German Festival, Oktoberfest Brisbane. Bringing together all lovers of German fun, food and culture over two wunderbar weekends in October, Oktoberfest transforms Brisbane into an authentic German town festival.
Get ready to LIGHT IT UP Queensland – The Brisbane Blaze are your team in the brand new Hockey One league. With 3 double header (Men’s and Women’s) home games at the State Hockey Centre, Queensland against the Tassie Tigers, Perth Thundersticks and the NSW Pride - this is going to be MASSIVE!
Grab a martini and prepare to be shaken, and yes, possibly stirred. The hit songs of cinema’s most famous secret agent – as made famous by stars like Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Adele, Tina Turner and Nancy Sinatra – are brought to exhilarating life onstage in The Music of James Bond.
An exhilarating showcase of their gifted young dancers, featuring works by the legendary Sir Kenneth MacMillan and renowned choreographer Liam Scarlett, in a program of inspiring classical pieces and dynamic contemporary works. Be impressed by the high level of artistry, technique and professionalism of the talented students in their Academy’s elite training programs.
Jane Eyre | Saturday 18 October - 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).
Applying free agency rules to relationships, using a prepared statement to get you out of trouble with work colleagues or offering a "to anyone who was offended" apology, Australia’s most popular sports satirist Titus O’Reily will present a masterclass in how to improve your life with the elite honesty of our top sportspeople.
Sandstone Point Hotel's waterfront will come alive with seafood and wine stalls to indulge in, freshly shucked oyster bars, hilarious oyster eating competitions, celebrity chef demonstrations, kids rides, live music, entertainment and more.
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.
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 Ramblin' Ash, Ruby Gilbert, Zoe, Chloe Styler, O' Little Sister, Salmon & the Peaches, Alisha Todd and Avalon Swing.
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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