Brisbane Festival is an annual event that sees the whole world look at Brisbane and what it has to offer. Attracting around a million people each year, the 2015 Festival is promised to be even bigger and better than previous years. With a theme and show for every kind of taste, there is no reason to miss out on any or all of what the Festival has to offer.
Running from the 5th – 26th September, the festival is concluded by Riverfire, a spectacular show by the river. There is so much to see and do during the festival, it really can’t be missed. Here are just a few of some of the greatest shows and events due to make an appearance throughout Brisbane Festival.
Looking for something that will tug at your cabaret heart strings? Don’t miss out on some of these shows.
When: 4th – 26th SeptemberWhere: The Spiegeltent, Brisbane River
From the creators of La Soiree (Australia) comes the Queensland premier of Club Swizzle. Cabaret, acrobatics and music will fill the air when you see the runnings of the Club Swizzle bar. Characters of Club Swizzle come together to create a show that will be unforgettable. It is sure to induce a night of sassy entertainment where no rules exist and crazy fun is expected.
When: 16th – 26th SeptemberWhere: Brisbane Powerhouse – Powerhouse Theatre
Velvet promises to be a fluid mix of cabaret and disco. The show exudes funk, freshness and a world of glamour. Featuring music legend Marcia Hines and singer/songwriter Brendan Maclean, expect to hear the sounds akin to the Bee Gees and Donna Summer. Be prepared for a sensory overload!
Hot Brown Honey
When: 16th – 26th SeptemberWhere: Judith Wright Centre – Performance Space
Hot Brown Honey hopes to smash through stereotypes and provide a side-splittingly funny performance at the same time. Addressing “sticky” topics and showcasing brown, black and mixed beauties, this show looks to tell it’s story all through dance, poetry, circus, comedy, striptease and song.
Fear & Delight
When: 4th – 25th SeptemberWhere: South Bank – Cultural Forecourt
If you want a dinner and a show, then you’d best check out Fear & Delight. Add The Devil’s Banquet to your ticket to experience a gastronomic feast before the show, complete with artisan wines. With jazz-infused electro and incredible physical performance acts, this show will be a delight to all of your senses. Stay behind after the show to treated to the after-party with cocktails and drinks. And to top it off, dress appropriately as the dress code theme is black vs white.
When: 11th – 25th SeptemberWhere: South Bank – The Courier-Mail Piazza
Circus acrobatics are always enough to get your heart pounding. Flown incorporates live music with comically chaotic acrobats and aerialists to create a show that is one of a kind. Everything you know about circus acts will be tested and thrown out of the window. This is a real treat to see with the whole family.
Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It
When: 8th – 12th SeptemberWhere: Theatre Republic – QUT Creative Industries, The Loft
Adrienne Truscott, dressed from the waist up and ankles down, performs a show that is comical about rape and features some awkward laughs. Discussing rape in a way that is often shied away from through normal media, Adrienne Truscott manages to address the important issues all while cracking a joke.
The Importance of Being Ernest
When: 11th – 13th SeptemberWhere: Queensland Performing Arts Centre – Playhouse Theatre
Singapore’s W!LD RICE productions bring us a new interpretation of the classic Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Ernest. Featuring an all-male cast, the play is displayed as gender neutral, and focuses on the brilliance and beauty of the original language used in the classic production. This interpretation aims to address the problems and issues everyone goes through life, regardless of gender and sexuality, but rather as people living their lives. A great play about our times and roles in society that definitely shouldn’t be missed.
When: 5th SeptemberWhere: South Bank – Cultural Forecourt
Presented by Raw Dance Company (Aus), RAPcity will highlight the best hip hop and breakdancers of Southeast Queensland. This free event will be sure to bring up a crowd as people of many ages aim to highlight their skills and show everyone their talents in a bid to win $5,000 in cash. Head to this great event and support dance and hip hop.
When: 18th – 26th SeptemberWhere: Treasury Casino & Hotel
One of Brisbane’s most beautiful buildings will become even more spectacular during Treasury Lights. Artists and technicians will fire up the most amazing sights on the side of the building to create a delight for the eyes. Technical Direction Company (TDC) and SPinifex have teamed up with Brisbane Festival and Treasury Casino & Hotel to creature a visual spectacular for everyone to enjoy for free.
The Listies Make You LOL!
When: 19th SeptemberWhere: The Spiegeltent
The Listies have sold out shows across Australia, New Zealand and even in the United Kingdom. Their shows will now be brought to Brisbane Festival to make you Laugh Out Loud. The show is recommended for ages 5 – 12, however their show will have the whole family laughing so adults will have just as much fun as the kids.
When: 20th SeptemberWhere: South Bank – River Quay
Not only is this event free, it can be participated in from your own backyard. Brisbane Festival will be streaming a movie on the evening of Sunday 20th September. Your part of the deal is to set up your own outdoor cinema for you, your family and friends to enjoy the streamed movie. You can get creative with your kids by creating a homely cinema on the grass, and even cooking up your own fresh popcorn. You’ll be able to enjoy the movie in the comfort of your own backyard knowing that hundreds, maybe even thousands of other people are enjoying it too!
The Luck Child
When: 22nd – 25th SeptemberWhere: The Spiegeltent, Brisbane River
David Collins (Umbilical Brothers) and Jonathan Biggins (The Wharf Review) have teamed up to create a show called The Luck Child. The show features an incredibly lucky boy, a three-headed hound from hell and an evil king. Full of laughter and entertainment, both children and adults will enjoy watching how the show unfolds and what happens to the luckiest boy in the world.
When: 26th SeptemberWhere: The Riverlife Precinct, Kangaroo Point
Enjoy Brisbane in the finale of the Festival by experiencing Riverfire. The event isn’t just a time to watch fireworks, but rather you can enjoy great food, decent music and drinks to create a night you won’t forget.
The price of your ticket includes your main meal, dessert and an ice cream, two drink tickets and live entertainment. The pop up restaurant will be sure to please your tastebuds, all while watching the fantastic fireworks display running for 30 minutes. Riverfire is an explosive and exciting end to what will be one of the best Brisbane Festivals to date.