What's on this week | 24 February - 1 March
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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A highlight of the international comedy calendar, Brisbane Comedy Festival 2020 returns for its 11th year with a bumper line-up of 85 acts playing in 14 performance spaces across five Brisbane venues. Grin, giggle and guffaw with a slate of national comedy heavyweights such as Dave Hughes, Peter Helliar, Fiona O’Loughlin, Nazeem Hussein, Frank Woodley, Sammy J and the duo we never knew we needed: Paul McDermott and Steven Gates.
Oscar Wilde’s lyrical story of a statue who gives his all to help humanity is full of poetic beauty, sly humour and sharp social commentary. Graeme Murphy, who created The Australian Ballet’s acclaimed modern interpretations of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, turns his flair for transformative storytelling to Wilde’s moving tale. Playful and poignant, The Happy Prince will capture children’s imagination with its vivid spectacle and adults’ attention with its timely message: a kind heart shines brighter than gold.
For one night only, join Austria’s greatest glam pop vocalist along with Australia’s queen of cabaret in an evening to remember. Expect “Rise Like A Phoenix” and other songs from Conchita’s platinum and gold award-winning albums, showstoppers and anthems made famous by great divas, plus a tribute to the music of James Bond, including “Writing’s On the Wall”, “Diamonds Are Forever”, “Moonraker” and “Goldfinger”.
As a research professor and theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, Sean has sought to answer some of the most fundamental questions about our existence and the nature of reality itself. Sean is coming to Australia for the very first time to break down quantum mechanics, and explain why there are ‘many worlds’ and an infinite number of parallel universes.
Join Jess and Matt for an unforgettable evening at the Old Museum showcasing their brand new single ‘Know About You’ as well as some never before heard originals, plus some crowd favourites from their ARIA No.1 Australian Album.
The Broadway smash hit Shrek The Musical is hitting Brisbane. Based on the iconic film, it brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favourite ogre to life on the stage. Featuring a terrific score of 19 songs, big laughs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, the musical is an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance.
To coincide with its landmark 9th Birthday, Brisbane’s favourite record store Jet Black Cat Music is teaming up with Handsome Tours to present the inaugural Nine Lives Festival. A one-day, three-stage event to take place indoors and outdoors at the iconic Tivoli, Nine Lives promises to be a very Brissy block party for lovers of tunes, friends and community.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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 Paulina Viroga, Christian Patey, Flamenco Soul, The Zak Scerri Trio, Bridget Brandolini.
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.
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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