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What's on this week | 17 - 23 February

Brisbane's calendar is jam-packed with activities, music, eating, theatre and sport. Get the diary out and start planning your week.

If you can’t find something in this list, explore the rest of our events calendar?

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup | Until Thursday 20 February

The ICC Women's T20 World Cup is the biennial international championship for women's Twenty20 International cricket. Catch matches at the Alan Border Field between Bangladesh versus Thailand and India vs Pakistan.

Kate Tempest | Wednesday 19 February

Poet, rapper, actor, novelist and playwright Kate Tempest has reinvented the power of the spoken word. They pour out of her in a blend of hip hop and poetry, rhymes intertwined with post-dubstep electronic beats, giving voice to the concerns of a generation – poverty, passion, alienation, gentrification, climate change, class, intolerance, acceptance, loss, and love.

Jonathan Van Ness: Road to Beijing | Thursday 20 February

Queer Eye darling and hairstylist to the stars, Jonathan Van Ness, is heading to Australia & New Zealand for the very first time with his Road to Beijing world tour. In an unforgettable live show, fans can expect to experience Jonathan’s fabulous, unstoppable energy as he serves up cirque-du-so-gay-realness between stand-up sets so good your face will be in need of a massage from all the smiling.

Weekend

Purely Mozart - Chamber Music Concert | Friday 21 February 

Join Brisbane's Ensemble Trivium for its 2020 season opening in the iconic, heritage listed Old Government House. Immerse yourself in the blissful music of Mozart’s four flute quartets - flute with violin, viola and cello. Readings from the composer’s letters will accompany the performance.

Brisbane Comedy Festival Opening Gala | Friday 21 February

What better way to kick off the Festival than a spectacular lineup of the funniest comedians in two hours of laughs. This night-of-nights will be packed with non-stop entertainment, featuring a fresh assembly of the country’s best up-and-coming and well-loved comedians.

Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance | Friday 21 February - Sunday 1 March

Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance is back in 2020 with a jam-packed program celebrating bodies in motion. The festival is bursting with powerful performances, inspiring workshops and thought-provoking conversations.

The Trumpet Unleashed | Sunday 23 February

Unleashing a potent mix of virtuosity and supreme artistry, this concert features Maurice Andre’s iconic arrangement of Vivaldi’s Trumpet Concerto, Rachmaninov’s stunning Romances arranged for trumpet solo and Stravinsky’s ballet masterpiece Petrushka, featuring the heroic trumpet in one of the instrument’s most challenging works of all time.

Newstead Brewing Co's Sunday Roast | Sunday 23 February - 22 March

A choice lineup of comedians from the festival will crack their best jokes as Newstead Brewing Co serve some tasty treats. Tables will be set for share platters and limited edition Newstead Brewing Co Brisbane Comedy Festival beer upon arrival is included. Sit back, take in the laughs and settle in for a night of tasty eats and good company – the best way to wrap up the weekend.

Ongoing

Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS | Until 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.

BrisAsia Festival | Until 29 February

David Williamson's Emerald City | Until 29 February

Sydney in the 1980s. The Emerald City of Oz, luring unsuspecting idealists with the promise of fulfilled fantasies, and leaving them with their dreams shattered on the pavement... Decades after it was written, David Williamson’s 1987 classic is as sharp as ever; a satirical skewering of the extravagance of yesterday that could have been written today.

Lloyd Rees | Until 1 March 

This exhibition at Museum of Brisbane showcases a selection of Lloyd Rees’ earliest recorded sketches, celebrating his skilful draughtsmanship and interest in capturing Brisbane’s diverse architecture.

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. 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.

Raw Comedy Competition Queensland 2020 | Until 20 March

Throw your hat in the ring and join the fairground of funny at Australia’s largest and most prestigious comedy competition. Some of the nation’s finest funny-makers have cannonballed into comedy acclaim through RAW Comedy. All you need is five minutes of original material and your eyes on the prize… get through the heats and finals and you could become the next Comedy Ringmaster!

Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages | Until 19 April 

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 | 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.

WATER | Until 26 April 

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.

Every week | City Sounds

Support local artists and attend the City Sound acts around Brisbane with artists like I Heart Songwriting Club, Tyrone Noonan and The View From Madeleine's Couch. 

Every Friday | Green Jam

QPAC’s much-loved Green Jam is back for 2020, presented with thanks to Principal Partner Heritage Bank, easing you into the weekend every Friday from 5:30pm. Mosey on down to the Melbourne Street Green, in the heart of South Bank and Brisbane’s Cultural Centre, and enjoy FREE live music – from jazz, folk, to contemporary rock, it’s always a chilled, easy vibe.

Every Friday | Big Fork Fridays

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.

Every Friday | Livewired Comedy

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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