A Complete Guide to Brisbane’s Top November Events
Wednesday November 5th, 2014
November is a beautiful month in Brisbane, full of warm sunny days and cool, clear nights. To make the most of this, check out some of the great events happening in and around the city throughout the last month of spring.
Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion
The Japanese produce some of the most innovative fashion designers, and Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, showcases several of the best designs over the last 30 years. Japanese fashion has largely influenced today’s fashion, and designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, and Yohji Yamamoto are considered some of the greatest designers of all time.
The exhibition features more than 100 garments, ranging from classic and elegant to the totally outrageous. For anyone who enjoys the unique, this is a must see fashion exhibition.
Opening weekend for the exhibition will be held November 1st – 2nd, and includes discussions, talks, tours and guest speakers.
When: 1st November – 15th February
Where: Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
O’Reilly’s Bird Week
Back for its 37th year, O’Reilly’s Bird Week promises to be Australia’s leading birding event. 2014 will see a number of guest speakers and local guides welcome guests, including Tim O’Reilly, Glen Threlfo, Ian Gynther, and Bill McDonald. UK celebrity and BBC documentary producer, Stephen Moss, will also be part of the event.
The program gives participants the opportunity to explore the beautiful Lamington National Park, and visit the hot spots that any bird enthusiast will love. A registration fee applies, and interested parties are recommended to book early.
When: 2nd – 9th November
Where: O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Melbourne Cup Gala
Outside of Melbourne itself, there is really only one place to be this Cup day and that is Brisbane’s City Hall. Here you will find the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Melbourne Cup Gala, an event hosted by Channel Nine’s Melissa Downes.
The event includes a sumptuous three-course luncheon, a fashion show by some of Brisbane’s leading retailers, canapes, champagne, and Craggy Range Wines. The exclusive event will also showcase the latest collection from fashion designer Alex Perry.
The AEIOU Foundation is the major beneficiary for the day, with proceeds from the $250 ticketed event going towards a brighter future for autistic children. Limited tickets are available.
When: 4th November
Where: Main Auditorium, City Hall
Think Outside: Identity + Society
Think Outside is an annual talk series that this year takes a look at how Brisbane’s future identity can be influenced through community empowerment and renewed economic prosperity. The talk invites local, national, and international design thinkers to offer new and exciting solutions for problems outside of their areas of expertise.
The topic has been chosen with the upcoming Brisbane G20 Summit in mind. In the second talk of the series, speakers such as Professor Herman Pi’ikea Clark, Paul Phoeros, and John MacDonald will be asked to consider how we might celebrate and design Brisbane’s future identity for renewed economic prosperity.
Each speaker will be given 10 minutes to present their ideas before the audience responds.
When: 5th November
Where: State Library of Queensland
Freud’s Last Session
Austrian neurologist, Dr Sigmund Freud, is known as the founding father of psychoanalysis, and had a mind that has fascinated people for more than a century. Freud’s Last Session centers on the moment when the Dr invited little-known professor C.S Lewis to his home in London. The day coincides with the day England enters World War II, and the audience of this Off Broadway smash will be captivated in a mesmerising duel between the two iconic characters.
Both dramatic and funny, Freud’s Last Session discusses God, love, sex and the meaning of life, and gives a little insight into the psychoanalyst’s last two weeks on earth before he took his own life.
When: 26th November – 7th December
Where: Cremorne Theatre
Journey Through The Cosmos
A world premiere orchestral event, Journey Through The Cosmos is exclusive to Brisbane and features international rockstar physicist Professor Brian Cox in a wonderful merging of music and science. The four-day event offers outstanding performances, animated discussions, and unique experiences that celebrate both music and the wonders of the cosmos.
When: 6th – 8th November
Where: Concert Hall, QPAC
The World According to Brass
Set on the picturesque Brisbane Riverstage, The World According to Brass is a one-night musical extravaganza featuring some of Australia’s finest brass musicians. Included in the line up is jazz virtuoso James Morrison, Brisbane Brass, Brisbane Excelsior Band, Queensland Highlanders and the Queensland Irish Association Pipe Band. Guest vocalists include the Queensland Choir and the Queensland Conservatorium Big Band.
The event celebrates the many cultures that have played a role in the coming of brass music, and is free to the public.
When: 7th November
Where: Brisbane Riverstage
A Cut Above Exhibition
Christine Groh and Gaye Cook are two western-suburb artists holding an exhibition at the Richard Randall Studio to showcase some of their works. Featuring a wide mix of works from various mediums, including acrylic, linocut, watercolour pastel and mixed media, the duo will offer ready to hang works, as well as unframed works and handmade cards.
The exhibition will also include demonstrations from both artists. Entry is free.
When: 8th & 9th November
Where: Richard Randall Studio, Mt Coot Tha Botanical Gardens
A Day On The Green
Back for its 14th year, A Day on the Green is a celebration of good food, fine wine and great music. The event includes 30 concerts held between October and March, and in November it’s Queensland’s turn with A Day on the Green being held at Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton.
Attendees are invited to pack a picnic and take part in the ‘picnic of the day’ competition, and enjoy music from none other than songstress Mariah Carey.
When: 16th November
Where: Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton
Mountain Designs Adventure Race
An all new concept in adventure racing, Adventure Race Australia presents three innovative courses that include mountain biking, trail running, trekking, kayaking, swimming, canoeing, rock climbing, white water rafting, and more. Courses vary to suit all levels of racers, and range from 2 to 4 person teams.
When: 14th – 15th November
Where: Kholo Gardens, Ipswich
This brand new event follows the highly successful Abbey Medieval Festival, and will celebrate the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne. Visitors will be immersed into a medieval world, complete with jousting tournament, medieval markets, costumes, performances and workshops.
For guests wanting the make the most of the event, a two-night camping option is available.
When: 15th November
Where: Queensland Equestrian Centre
Brisbane GIS Day
International GIS Day is an annual event that celebrates and promotes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as part of Geography Awareness Week. Brisbane’s GIS Day is the world’s leading GIS event, and the largest of its kind. The event brings students, professionals, and businesses together to showcase the latest innovations in spatial technology.
When: 19th November
Where: QUT, Gardens Point Campus
The MS Swimathon at the Jindalee Pool is a fun day for all the family and helps support those suffering with MS. Great prizes are awarded for fundraisers and swimmers and the community event brings everyone together to raise awareness for the local multiple sclerosis community.
When: 23rd November
Where: Jindalee Pool
Oz Manouche Gypsy Jazz Festival
The Oz Manouche Gypsy Jazz Festival consists of four days of concert performances, workshops, masterclasses, great food, wine and plenty of jamming opportunities. A celebration of all things Jazz, the event features acts, such as Robin Nolan, the Harry Edwards Trio and Catfish.
When: 27th – 30th November
Where: Brisbane Jazz Club
Fritzsch Grand Finale: Mahler 3
In a dramatic climax to the 2014 Orchestral Season, Maestro Fritzsch will lead his final orchestra as Chief Conductor of the QSO. The final performance will be Mahler’s epic Symphony No.3, and is sure to be a memorable tribute the the well respected conductor.
When: 29th November