What's on this week | 9 - 15 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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Lloyd Rees | Wednesday 11 December - 1 March 2020
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.
Back for its second year, watch the historic St Stephen’s Cathedral glow in a magnificent light show on Elizabeth Street. This novel show will celebrate the season of peace, joy and goodwill through animation and projection on the cathedral. A chorus of carols will complement the light display from 6.30pm until 7.00pm nightly.
Brimming with music and merriment, this year's Christmas Parade will feature new exciting characters, hundreds of singing and dancing performers and of course the star - Santa Claus to entertain and delight all ages! Taking place nightly, there’s plenty of opportunities to see the glowing floats light up little faces.
At the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, little Clara finds herself embarking on the magical adventure of a lifetime when her gift, a Nutcracker, comes to life! Be whisked away with Clara, to the enchanting Land of Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy watches over whimsical snowflakes and pirouetting lollies. For the seventh straight season, Ben Stevenson’s dreamlike choreography and Tchaikovsky’s enduring score will charm all ages. The Nutcracker is the perfect festive ballet for the whole family to enjoy.
Summer Festival | Saturday 14 - 25 January 2020
Discover a jam-packed schedule of adventure at State Library's Summer Festival these school holidays. Make, write, sing, dance, create and explore - with activities for children of all ages, there will be something new and exciting for your family to discover.
Celebrate the festive season with family and friends at Christmas Wonderland! This magical lighting display is back and on a much grander scale, treating visitors to a wonderland of glittering lights, illuminated trees, animated displays, light tunnels and projections that will mesmerize and delight. Each night from 6.00 pm, enjoy Christmas stalls, delicious fare and live entertainment for the whole family.
Brisbane’s Anna Meares Velodrome will host the 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup will host the world’s best track cyclists as they battle for gold and valuable qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Lloyd Cole | Sunday 15 December
With a remarkable career spanning almost 30 years and following his sold-out tour of Australia in 2017, Lloyd Cole returns with his new album Guesswork. The experience of listening to Guesswork is akin to sitting in a sleek, state-of-the-art departure lounge: unsure of quite where you’re waiting to go, at the same time mirroring the uncertainty of the world as you enter your third act of life.
These school holidays The Workshops Rail Museum will be hosting Summer Days at the Workshops Rail Museum for kids to get hands on with construction, explore real life steam trains, diesel locomotives and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WATER | Until 26 April 2020
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.
Support local artists and attend the City Sound acts around Brisbane with artists like Charlotte Mclean, The Wet Fish, Danny Widdicombe with Trichotomy, Hailey Calvert and Maja.
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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