What's on this week | 20 - 26 January
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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Gearing up for a performance sure to be a wondrous melange of the eccentric and the melodic, join Nouvelle Vague as they take us on an unexpected journey through their rich musical history of popular culture, mixed with good humour and glamour, and topped with excellent musicianship.
Wednesday 22 January marks the 50-day countdown until thousands of visitors descend into Brisbane for the city's second year of the Brisbane Cycling Festival. To celebrate the 50 days to go milestone, the Brisbane Cycling Festival are hosting FREE Sunrise Spin, Strength and Yoga sessions at Howard Smith Wharves. Join them and Channel 7 Sunrise presenter Sam Mac for a fun morning of celebrations.
Two-time Grammy Award winner Lauren Daigle, who has sold out every one of her shows to date, will open 2020 with her first headlining tour, the Lauren Daigle World Tour. It follows nearly 70 sold out performances that have taken place since the release of her GRAMMY Award winning album, “Look Up Child”.
Watch the Heat and Sixers close out the regular season at the Gabba for the inaugural state of origin clash. Last year, the Sixers were able to steal victory on the road in the final over, so the Heat will be wanting to take revenge in front of their home crowd.
Celebrate Chinese New Year in Queen Street Mall on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th January. The mall will come alive with a celebration of Chinese culture including traditional performances such as Bamboo Pole Dancing, an exhilarating group dance using bamboo poles, and the popular Lion and Dragon dances with performers dressing in vibrant and exciting costumes to the beat of traditional Chinese drums.
Oyster Frenzy | Friday 24 - Sunday 26 January
A long weekend shouldn’t go without good food. Join One Fish Two Fish for a lunch or dinner and treat yourself to 18 Pacific oysters over six courses, with flavourful and fresh dressings, and a glass of prosecco or Stone & Wood Pacific Ale for only $59 per person. Bookings are essential.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Emporium Hotel South Bank’s Piano Bar. Feast upon unlimited handmade Asian-inspired delicacies including BBQ pork buns, chicken and water chestnut shumai, vegetable spring rolls and pork dumplings. Toast to prosperity with bottomless Tsingtao Premium Lager, Piano Bar's Signature Lychee Martini and the limited-edition Hong Bao cocktail, inspired by the lucky red envelopes given for good fortune.
Experience quality local art, music, food and wine and an amazing view at Mt Barney Lodge. There will be acoustic live music from 2pm-7pm, outdoor lounges, local food and a licenced bar. The much-loved Mt Barney Lodge pop-up outdoor cafe - known as "A World Apart Café" will be revived for this special event. Check out the amazing Summer Silhouette Sculptures while you're there.
Step into a time-warping dream bubble as four young Aboriginal Australians guide you through their futures. Be ready for an intergalactic adventure.
Come celebrate everything you love about Australia with the Little Ship Club at Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island. From fresh prawns straight from the trawler, mouth-watering shucked oysters and live music, you and the family can enjoy a little piece of paradise in classic Aussie fashion.
Catch more than 3,000 participants from over 175 teams splash their way to the finals of the Australian Youth Water Polo Championships. Catch one of the matches at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre, Valley Pool, All Hallows, Sommerville House, and Stuartholme.
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.
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.
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.
Lloyd Rees | Until 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.
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 Hailey Calvert.
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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