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

It’s around this point that most of us will be in one of two camps – coasting along on the maximum vibes of back-to-back long weekends, or cursing our inability to plan ahead when it comes to sorting out strategic leave from work. Don’t sweat it, fam! We’ve got one last three-day leisure opportunity coming our way thanks to Labour Day, so don’t waste it – from rods and rockabilly to 90s house parties, we’ve scoped what’s on in Brisbane this weekend from April 27 to May 1. more

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Max out your long weekend vibes with eats and beats at the Stones Corner Festival
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Max out your long weekend vibes with eats and beats at the Stones Corner Festival

Who doesn’t love a good street party? The combination of delicious food, flowing beverages and some killer live tunes is not only a sure-fire winner in the fun stakes, but also a great way to get out and celebrate the community spirit that Brisbane is so well-known for. When it comes down to it, these events are best left to the professional party people – those with a reputation for creating good vibes. The Stones Corner Festival returns on Sunday April 30 for an all-in fiesta that will be taking over the hub of the suburb, sprawling through the streets to bring you the best that Brisbane has to offer. more

Music
Film score maestro Hans Zimmer brings his legendary soundtracks to life at Revealed
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Film score maestro Hans Zimmer brings his legendary soundtracks to life at Revealed

When it comes to famous modern composers, most of us could only name a handful (if that). One thing for darn certain is that a name that is instantly recognisable in the musical world is Hans Zimmer. Even if you don’t know it off the top of your head, he’s the major dude responsible for some of the most famous and beloved scores in recent memory. Hans Zimmer Revealed is coming to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Saturday May 6 for one night of intensity that explores and celebrates the career of a living legend – with the man himself performing. more

Dance
Find out what the edge of your seat was made for when Brandenburg and Circa team up for Spanish Baroque
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Find out what the edge of your seat was made for when Brandenburg and Circa team up for Spanish Baroque

When it comes to the arts, creative collaboration can take a performance to levels that simply could not have been reached as a solo effort. Fusing art forms creates magic on the stage, creating experiences that are as stunning as they are surprising. Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and contemporary circus troupe Circa are reuniting for a fearless fusion of movement and music, proving that these two art forms go together like they were made for each other. Spanish Baroque: Brandenburg and Circa is coming to QPAC on Tuesday May 16 for one night of high-intensity entertainment bursting with passion, power and virtuosity. more

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Tinnies and two-up – where to commemorate ANZAC Day in Brisbane
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Tinnies and two-up – where to commemorate ANZAC Day in Brisbane

Whether it’s listening to the stirring tones of a bugler playing ‘The Last Post’ at dawn or knocking back a quiet cold one, there are many ways to commemorate the legacy of ANZAC Day. Falling on Tuesday April 25 this year, the public holiday does not fall into a long weekend, but there are still a number of venues putting on special events for the occasion. From two-up and tinnies to big bands and bikkies, we’ve tracked down the best places to pay your respects this ANZAC Day. more

Theatre
From sex shops to laundromats, find fun around every corner during the Anywhere Theatre Festival
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From sex shops to laundromats, find fun around every corner during the Anywhere Theatre Festival

You’re probably familiar with the sentiment that great things happen when you step outside of your comfort zone, but just how far are you willing to go? One event that has epitomised the concept of pushing boundaries is the Anywhere Theatre Festival, a smorgasbord of pop-up shows that take place in the nooks and crannies of Brisbane. From May 4–21, the festival will spread across 104 locations, each more surprising and unconventional than the last. The only rule? To perform anywhere but a theatre, or exhibit art anywhere but a gallery. more

Music
The Blurst of Times brings big bands, endless rosé and shotgun weddings to The Valley
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The Blurst of Times brings big bands, endless rosé and shotgun weddings to The Valley

“It was the best of times, it was the … blurst of times?” This iconic quote isn’t just a throwback to the golden age before The Simpsons became actually quite awful – it is also the namesake for one of Brisbane’s finest music festivals. What The Blurst of Times lacks in anthropomorphic monkeys, it makes up for in tuneage – we’re talking about a line-up that is stuffed with some of Australia’s best live acts across a range of genres. Taking over three key Fortitude Valley venues on Saturday April 29, Blurst is a one-day rager that ironically promises nothing but the best of times. more

Theatre
Choose life: Trainspotting Live is here to trip you out
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Choose life: Trainspotting Live is here to trip you out

Adaptations can be very tricky territory, especially when the original source material is culturally iconic. Too many times our favourite books have been chewed up and spit out by bigwig producers, barely recognisable in their new form as films and plays – Trainspotting Live is not one of these instances. Based on Irvine Welsh’s era-defining novel about a band of drug-fuelled Scottish miscreants, this production comes to the Brisbane Powerhouse from April 19–22 along with a solid seal of approval from the author himself. more


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Keep it on wax – jam to live tunes and pick up rare vinyl gems this Record Store Day
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Keep it on wax – jam to live tunes and pick up rare vinyl gems this Record Store Day

When it comes to the at-home musical experience, nothing beats the warmth of a good record (because let’s be honest, nobody really gets nostalgic over CDs). Vinyl has seen a serious resurgence in the past few years, breathing new life into a music market that is so digitally driven. On Saturday April 22, vinyl fans from around the world will celebrate Record Store Day – a time to come together and get amongst the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned entities play in their communities. Brisbane’s favourite stores are getting in on the action – here’s the scoop. more

Dance
Experience the stunning secrets of a lost civilisation with Shen Yun
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Experience the stunning secrets of a lost civilisation with Shen Yun

There are few places on Earth with as rich a history as China – from its ancient architecture to the intricate cultural practices of its people, this country and its secrets continue to inspire and fascinate those who observe from the outside. You may not know it, but much of China’s traditional culture has been silenced since the Communist Party came into power – the government saw the arts as a threat to its position as leaders. Thankfully, there are artists out there who are passionate about restoring this culture. On April 14 and 15, you can witness the magic of Shen Yun at QPAC as they share their story through the power of dance. more

Film
The Gold Coast Film Festival is coming up with a new wave of entertainment
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The Gold Coast Film Festival is coming up with a new wave of entertainment

We may be buried down at the bottom of the globe but that certainly doesn’t mean that Australia misses out when it comes to culture. Some of the best film festivals in the world wash up on our sandy shores, however it is in our own backyard that the real magic happens. Returning to our southern neighbours, the Gold Coast Film Festival will be spreading its mammoth offering over various locations from April 19–30 – trust us when we say that this line-up is well worth a little roadtrip. more

Literature
If music and literature had a very cool baby, it would be A Rock & Roll Writers Festival
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If music and literature had a very cool baby, it would be A Rock & Roll Writers Festival

First thing’s first – rock and roll is so much more than a genre. Rock and roll is an attitude and a way of life that is built around pushing boundaries, sticking it to the man and generally kicking huge amounts of ass. It makes sense, then, that rock and roll forms the basis of one of Brisbane’s most exciting cultural events. Taking over the historic Old Museum for the April 1–2 weekend, A Rock & Roll Writers Festival celebrates and explores the intrinsic relationship between writing and music, utilising the smartest (and boldest) minds in the business. more

Film
Surrender yourself to the sleek and sexy world of Film Noir
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Surrender yourself to the sleek and sexy world of Film Noir

Global conflict is a pretty awful thing, but there’s at least one small positive we can take away from it – it makes for some pretty spectacular art. Born as the product of the Great Depression and the disillusionment of the post-war era, the genre of film noir has remained one of the most enduring in the cinematic universe. After all, what’s not to love about femme fatales, private eyes and all of the neon? From March 31 to May 21, GOMA’s Cinémathèque will take on the moody and broody classics for Film Noir, a program that celebrates the darker side of life. more

Sport
Dive into five days of festival fun at the Australian Swimming Championships
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Dive into five days of festival fun at the Australian Swimming Championships

Us Aussies as a general population are pretty into our sports, both watching and participating. It makes sense seeing as we boast some of the best athletes in the world, and one of the places where we dominate hardest is in the pool. From April 9–13, we will have the chance to take our support from the couch to the lanes when the Australian Swimming Championships head to the Brisbane Aquatic Centre. It’s not just about the laps, either – this year the event is taking on a festival-style atmosphere with the opening of a brand-new Centre Lane entertainment precinct. more

Exhibitions
Life before selfies – get ready to feel some serious nostalgia pangs at Sit. Pose. Snap.
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Life before selfies – get ready to feel some serious nostalgia pangs at Sit. Pose. Snap.

Whether you love them or hate them, there’s no denying that we are living in the age of the selfie. It’s easy to forget that back in the day you couldn’t just snap a photo of your mug at any given time – portraits took time, thought and a lot more care than the mere click of a button. Sit. Pose. Snap. is an exhibition taking over the Museum of Brisbane from Friday March 24 to give us an inside look at the history of portrait photography in Brisbane, from haunting studio sessions to kitschy candid captures. more

Music
Indulge in pleasure all over when art and opera collide at Sensory
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Indulge in pleasure all over when art and opera collide at Sensory

When it comes to cultural experiences, two things that tend to complement each other perfectly are art and music. Each has such a powerful impact on the way that we feel and perceive things, so it makes sense that when the two are combined, magic happens. The fine folk at Opera Queensland have cottoned on to this theory, creating a landmark event in the company’s debut creative venture of the year. Sensory is steeping into the Gallery of Modern Art on Friday April 7 for one night of all-in pleasure set to stun, surprise and tantalise perceptions from head to toe. more

Inspiration
Uncover the wacky and wonderful mysteries of the universe at the World Science Festival
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Uncover the wacky and wonderful mysteries of the universe at the World Science Festival

Whether or not you’re really interested in it, we can all agree that science is dope. There are so many facets of modern life that we owe to science that listing them would be a waste of time, so let’s just acknowledge that it’s the closest thing we have to magic and be done with it. Forget your days of sitting in a stuffy classroom trying to memorise the periodic table of elements – the World Science Festival returns to the South Bank Cultural Precinct from March 22–26 to uncover the coolest, craziest and most fascinating aspects of this discipline that is responsible for so much of what’s good about the world. more

Inspiration
Get a taste of the future at Myriad, Australia's answer to SXSW Interactive
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Get a taste of the future at Myriad, Australia’s answer to SXSW Interactive

For the most part, living on the giant island that is Australia is a pretty sweet deal. However, sometimes it can feel like we’re missing out on the big-time technology and innovation events that our US and European pals are privy to. We’ve never really had anything to the scale of, say, South by Southwest or Slush – that is we didn’t until Myriad came along. From March 29–31 the Brisbane Powerhouse will turn into a hotbed of creative energy for the brand spankin’ new festival, bringing together some of the brightest minds in innovation to ignite our inspiration. more

Food
Immerse yourself in authentic country culture at the Felton Food Festival
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Immerse yourself in authentic country culture at the Felton Food Festival

There’s a lot to be said about an escape to the country – the air is crisp, the folk are friendly and the food is fresh as can be. A pocket of paradise that personifies these characteristics is the farming town of Felton Valley, nestled just 30 kilometres south of Toowoomba. Luckily for us city slickers, the Felton Food Festival packages together all that is great about authentic country life into one magic weekend filled with eats, entertainment and education. more

Film
Je ne sais quoi: the Alliance Française French Film Festival returns to satisfy our Euro-cravings
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Je ne sais quoi: the Alliance Française French Film Festival returns to satisfy our Euro-cravings

Everything that French people are a part of seems to be shrouded in a sense of effortless cool – their whole culture exudes it. It’s no wonder then that the Alliance Française French Film Festival continues to be a highlight on the Brisbane cultural calendar, taking pride of place as Australia’s largest film festival. From March 16 to April 9, both the Palace Barracks and Palace Centro Cinemas will be brimming with the finest selections of French cinema – with a program featuring Cannes award winners, stunning true stories and feel-good flicks about bovines, nothing is off limits. more