Brisbane Festival
Suburban symphonies, laser shows and jaw-dropping circus stunts – Brisbane Festival returns with a bold new program
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Suburban symphonies, laser shows and jaw-dropping circus stunts – Brisbane Festival returns with a bold new program

September may seem like a lifetime away but warmer weather, exciting entertainment and everyone's favourite city-wide festival is really just around the corner. Yep, we're just a little bit excited to announce that Brisbane Festival is returning from September 4–26 to wake us from our winter slumber. Sure to knock socks off, this year’s festival theme is ‘Boldly Brisbane’ – a thrilling three-week program of fun-filled activities that is shaping up to be the boldest city-wide celebration yet. From giant art installations and intimate street concerts to circus antics and a huge laser light show, it doesn't get more action-packed than this. more

Community
What's on in Brisbane this weekend
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What’s on in Brisbane this weekend

If you're stuck on what to do in Brisbane this weekend, fear not, as we have put together a roster of must-do activities that are sure to keep you occupied. From winter-warming igloos and waterfront breakfast degustations to lush plant markets and river cruises, there's plenty of fun happenings to take part in this weekend. more

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Get lost in this mind-boggling maze near Stanthorpe
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Get lost in this mind-boggling maze near Stanthorpe

Lots of wine, the chance of snow and picturesque landscapes – the Granite Belt region is the perfect winter weekend getaway. Well, eager travellers, we've discovered another reason to venture to the breathtaking country haven, and it's one that will have you getting a little lost (in a good way). Say hello to the Granite Belt Maze. more

Exhibitions
Shine bright like a diamond – Ai Weiwei’s Boomerang is lighting up Queensland Art Gallery
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Shine bright like a diamond – Ai Weiwei’s Boomerang is lighting up Queensland Art Gallery

If you've been scrolling through socials lately, you have probably noticed your Insta feed filled with snapshots of a huge sparkling chandelier. Wondering what this bright-shining piece of art is? Well, we have the answer. It's Ai Weiwei’s breathtaking crystal-light installation Boomerang and, if you're in the mood to be inspired, we suggest making tracks to Queensland Art Gallery to check it out. more

Exhibitions
Get a snippet of the bigger picture at GOMA's new collage-centric exhibition Cut It
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Get a snippet of the bigger picture at GOMA’s new collage-centric exhibition Cut It

Made famous by influential artists like Jean Dubuffet, Kurt Schwitters, Man Ray, Henri Matisse and even Andy Warhol, collaging is a technique of art creation where art results from an assemblage of different forms, in the end creating a new whole. This transformative mode of art was best described by art historian Pavel Zoubok, who said “Collage is the cut, the tear, the rupture and the overlay of our contemporary culture. It is the hybrid language of urbanity – remixed, re-contextualised, and wholly built from the fragments of daily life”. GOMA's new exhibition, Cut It: Collage to Meme, will explore this creative form of art and will showcase how artists have added layers to the meaning of pictures through the inventive techniques of collage, montage and sampling. more

Exhibitions
QAGOMA is back – here's how to plan your visit to avoid missing out
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QAGOMA is back – here’s how to plan your visit to avoid missing out

Whilst some of us may have already made tracks to Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) to bear witness to its breathtaking new and refreshed exhibitions, we have also been eagerly anticipating the reopening of the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). In great news for art lovers and adventure seekers, GOMA is welcoming back visitors from Friday August 7, so you can experience the full roster of works and distinct personalities of the two galleries. If you're planning on visiting QAGOMA, we have a few tips so you can curate your day to make the most of your trip. Read on for a sneak peek of what's on offer and how you can score free entry ... more

Exhibitions
Stuck at home? Bring culture to your couch with QAGOMA's virtual event series
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Stuck at home? Bring culture to your couch with QAGOMA’s virtual event series

Have you got plans to do next-to-nothing this weekend? Maybe you're working from home and want something fun to do on your lunch break? Well, QAGOMA has got your back with a bunch of super-exciting online events that are sure to keep you entertained while you spend some time at home. From life-drawing workshops and virtual lectures to postcard projects and contemporary art talks, there are plenty of boredom-busting activities to try out. more

Exhibitions
Experience the extraordinary works of Mavis Ngallametta at QAG's Show Me the Way to Go Home exhibition
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Experience the extraordinary works of Mavis Ngallametta at QAG’s Show Me the Way to Go Home exhibition

Beginning her artistic journey as a painter in 2008, Mavis Ngallametta utilised vibrant colours, traditional materials and her culture as a canvas to become one of the most well-regarded Indigenous artists in Australia. To honour her creative output and introduce her extraordinary works to a new audience, the Queensland Art Gallery is hosting a free exhibition that will give a new insight into the life of this talented artist. While the gallery and this breathtaking exhibition was forced to temporarily close its doors to visitors in March due to COVID-19, QAG is back and so is Mavis Ngallametta: Show Me the Way to Go Home. In even better news, this awe-inspiring exhibition has been extended until Sunday February 7, 2021. more


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Music
Lights on, camera, action – Brisbane Powerhouse is back with a series of seriously intimate shows
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Lights on, camera, action – Brisbane Powerhouse is back with a series of seriously intimate shows

With its reputation as Brisbane's creative, art and cultural hub with a flair for dramatics, we always knew the reopening of Brisbane Powerhouse would be something to look forward to. Ushering in the return of the contemporary art haven and its hugely popular creative calendar is Lights On – a curated series of intimate shows that feature new works from uber-talented Brisbane-based artists emerging from lockdown. more

Current Events
Quick quarantine updates – the coronavirus news you need to know
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Quick quarantine updates – the coronavirus news you need to know

With everything that's happening at the moment, our social-media feeds and news websites are becoming inundated with waves of coronavirus-related information – almost too much to keep up with! To help you stay on top of the most-important announcements, we've put together a regularly updated rundown of the day's top stories – some lighthearted, some a bit more serious, but all worthy pieces of information. more

Community
Picture-perfect suburbia – get snapping for your chance to win big with the Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards
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Picture-perfect suburbia – get snapping for your chance to win big with the Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards

Do you have some stellar snap-taking skills? Maybe you've got some hidden gems in your camera roll? Well, now is the time to let your photography skills shine, as Brisbane City Council is calling on locals to get snapping for the annual Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards. This year's awards shine a spotlight on Brisbane’s suburban character and are a prime opportunity for locals to practise photography, plus to showcase new and established talent. The best part? The competition has up to $14,000 in cash prizes up for grabs. Sounds picture perfect to us. more

Theatre
Double trouble – this thrilling audio game puts you head-to-head with a look-alike imposter
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Double trouble – this thrilling audio game puts you head-to-head with a look-alike imposter

Imagine this – you're home alone with your beloved family member when they start acting a little strangely. Maybe they just don't seem like themselves. One thing is for sure – something is definitely off, but you can't quite put your finger on it. This is the concept behind the hair-raising at-home audio experience, Double, which pits players against their loved ones in a race to find out who is the imposter. more

Community
Great Scott! Here's how to see all five planets at once tomorrow morning
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Great Scott! Here’s how to see all five planets at once tomorrow morning

Astronomy-lovers will wake up to a celestial treat in the early hours of tomorrow – Friday July 17 – when the sky puts on a spectacular light show featuring the Moon and five planets all visible to the naked eye at one time. If you're okay with getting up super-duper early (trust us, it'll be worth it) then read on to find out how to spot all five bright planets in the sky at one time ... more

Take a guided historical tour around The City with Museum of Brisbane's wise storytellers
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Take a guided historical tour around The City with Museum of Brisbane’s wise storytellers

To add to the excitement of Brisbane's recent round of reopenings, our city's historical touchpoint Museum of Brisbane will at long last reopen its doors on Friday July 17 – hurrah! So you can catch up on a much-needed dose of cultural enrichment, the museum is kicking off its activities with the eagerly anticipated launch of The Storytellers exhibition, a special City Hall-inspired LEGO build pop-up and the debut of guided walking tours where you can explore Brisbane and its rich background of art, history and culture. more

Music
Gorillaz, The Strokes and Tyler, The Creator headline a feel-good Splendour in the Grass 2021
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Gorillaz, The Strokes and Tyler, The Creator headline a feel-good Splendour in the Grass 2021

The all-mighty pandemic might have stomped out our plans of moving and grooving along to live tunes at our favourite musical festivals this year, but it can't dampen our spirits entirely. Keeping the dream alive is Splendour in the Grass, which has just announced some key players set to headline next year's magical music-filled shindig at North Byron Parklands from Friday July 23 to Sunday July 25, 2021. more

Community
Beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder – the West End hub teaching you how to attract bees to your garden
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Beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder – the West End hub teaching you how to attract bees to your garden

We all know the importance of bees and their role of preserving the ecological balance – bees basically run the world, or keep it going at least. To continue its World Bee Day celebrations and to lend a helping hand to these honey-making superheroes, West Village continues to add an exciting selection of activities and information to its Village Bees online hub dedicated to all things bees, butterflies and nature. If you want to help out our pollinating mates and the ecosystem they protect (both especially suffering due to the bushfires that occurred earlier this year), then one way you can do this is to invite them into your garden. It takes a village – or West Village to be specific – to learn how to attract these crazy critters to your backyard and the West End hub has got gardener (and certified green thumb) Amelia Valenti on its side, ready to take you under her wing and teach… more

Film
The 2020 Alliance Française French Film Festival returns with a roster of uplifting flicks
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The 2020 Alliance Française French Film Festival returns with a roster of uplifting flicks

When Palace Cinemas had to close its doors in March due to COVID-19, the 2020 Alliance Française French Film Festival was pushed back. Thankfully for French cinema lovers, the renowned festival has returned and is ready to roll the film, resuming its 31st season from Tuesday July 14 to Tuesday August 4 at Palace Barracks and Palace James Street. With a standout selection of 28 features from the original March line-up including Cannes-closing features, heartfelt true stories and hilarious comedies, this feel-good film festival is sure to put a smile on your dial. Go on, grab the popcorn and read on for a sneak peek at this year's films ... more

Food
Fall into a dessert coma at seven-day chocolate celebration ChocWeek
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Fall into a dessert coma at seven-day chocolate celebration ChocWeek

Get ready to pull on your stretchy pants – Brisbane's only chocolate festival is back with sweet treats galore. To celebrate World Chocolate Day on Tuesday July 7, Hamilton retail and dining precinct Portside Wharf is hosting its annual week-long decadent dessert extravaganza – ChocWeek – from Monday July 6 to Sunday July 12. The precinct is taking notes from Willy Wonka and is temporarily transforming into a sugary haven, with Portside Wharf's much-loved vendors slinging an assortment of sweet treats. more

Community
Love you, Brisbane – how to support local post-iso (and score all of the perks)
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Love you, Brisbane – how to support local post-iso (and score all of the perks)

We haven't been able to wine, dine, shop, gather with mates and experience our city the way we usually love, with our favourite places forced to temporarily close their doors earlier this year. Thankfully, things are well on their way back to a sense of normality – meaning our beloved Brisbane City is in action once again. The City’s restaurants, bars, shops and destinations that we’ve missed so much are back in business and ready to help us make up for lost time – they’re even offering some pretty amazing deals to welcome us back. So if you're itching to get out as much as we are, we’ve thrown together a little itinerary to help you support local businesses and fall in love – all over again – with Brisbane City. more

Inspiration
Tinsel teens – learn how to bedazzle your diary with sparkle queen Rachel Burke
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Tinsel teens – learn how to bedazzle your diary with sparkle queen Rachel Burke

If you told to us to look back at the diaries we kept when we were teenagers, we would probably turn bright red with just a quick glanse at its contents. School-yard shenanigans, unrequited puppy love and just a lot of nonsense doesn't quite make for a riveting read. Well the teens of today need not worry about this high-level of journal-related embarrassment, as tinsel queen Rachel Burke has got their backs. On Thursday July 9, Rachel is teaming up with QAGOMA to host a Bad Art Zines workshop so kids (and kids-at-heart) can learn how to make journalling fun – and sparkly – again. more