Current Events
Breaking down the $130-billion coronavirus wage-subsidy stimulus package – what it is and how it applies to you
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Breaking down the $130-billion coronavirus wage-subsidy stimulus package – what it is and how it applies to you

The Federal Government has today, Monday March 30, announced an unprecedented $130-billion stimulus package in response to the coronavirus crisis, the third and largest package so far. The package targets businesses who have been forced or were due to stand down staff due to the pandemic, in a bid to prevent millions of Australians losing their jobs. The 'JobKeeper payment' will see businesses receiving a fortnightly wage subsidy of $1500 per employee. more

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The government's new home-confinement requirements – and what it means for Queensland residents
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The government’s new home-confinement requirements – and what it means for Queensland residents

With rules differing from state to state, the ongoing government announcements and restrictions can be tricky to navigate. On Sunday March 29, Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young established new directions under the state's home-confinement requirements for residents of Queensland to help slow the spread of COVID-19. What does it mean? Can you leave your house? Should you be working? Who can you visit? Here's a breakdown of the state-specific directions and how it relates to you, as a resident and member of the workforce.  more

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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

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Federal Government launches official coronavirus app and WhatsApp channel to keep Aussies informed
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Federal Government launches official coronavirus app and WhatsApp channel to keep Aussies informed

Now more than ever, we're glued to our phones in a bid to keep up with and decipher rapidly changing government advice, announcements and restrictions – not to mention the time we're spending scrolling through the surplus of jovial (yet highly relevant) isolation memes for a brief hit of positivity. To cut through the noise and make things a little easer, the Federal Government has launched an official coronavirus app and has joined the WhatsApp messaging service to give Australians instant access to the information they need to know. more

Community
Put those thinking caps on – test your knowledge from home with Isolation Trivia
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Put those thinking caps on – test your knowledge from home with Isolation Trivia

Who doesn't enjoy a good game of trivia? Whether your knowledge is in movies, sport, music, geography or those out-of-the-box math questions that almost no one can ever answer correctly, a mid-week round of head-scratching questions is fun for the whole gang. Unfortunately, with many venues forced into closure and everyone advised to self distance, your mid-week cogitating congregation has most likely been canned. Never ones to say no to a challenge, the crew from Man vs Bear have come up with a solution in the form of Isolation Trivia – Live Streamed from Lockdown, so you can now get your quiz on from home (for free!). All you have to do is virtually gather your quick-thinking team mates, tune in and get ready to dominate. more

Film
Delve into classic cinema with ACMI's weekly movie program Virtual Cinémathèque
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Delve into classic cinema with ACMI’s weekly movie program Virtual Cinémathèque

The joy of seeing a movie in a crowded cinema will not be felt for a little while, but that doesn't mean the cinema experience is no more. After not-for-profit film society, The Melbourne Cinémathèque had to cancel its weekly film program, the team knew that they wanted to keep the spirit of cinema alive. To make this happen, they teamed up with Australia’s national museum of all things creative, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) to establish a dedicated weekly movie night that will be streamed right to your living room. Grab the microwave popcorn, nab yourself a blanket and get ready to watch some flicks – ACMI's Virtual Cinémathèque kicks off on Wednesday March 25. more

Music
Weekend plans, sorted – homegrown musicians are banding together for live-streamed music festival Isol-Aid
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Weekend plans, sorted – homegrown musicians are banding together for live-streamed music festival Isol-Aid

UPDATE Tuesday March 24: Following a successful first weekend of live-streamed tunes from some of our favourite homegrown musos, Isol-aid is back this Saturday March 28 with the likes of Jen Cloher, EGOISM, Loose Toot and Emily Wurramara all making an appearance. Follow the Isol-aid Facebook page for up-to-date info on performing artists and set times. With the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling a bunch of concerts and putting live gigs on ice for the foreseeable future, artists and the music industry as a whole have been left to pick up the pieces. Embodying the typical Aussie spirit of helping each other out in tough times, some of your favourite local artists are coming together to live stream gigs straight to your lounge room for Isol-Aid, a two-day Instagram Live musical festival. If you plan to stay in this weekend you're in for a treat, as Isol-Aid will be taking over some of… more


The Locals Next week: A BRISBANE LOCAL

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Exhibitions
Museum of Brisbane Preview
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Where to get your cultural fix in Brisbane and beyond – the museums and galleries to explore IRL and online

UPDATE March 23, 2020: As of Monday March 23, Museum of Brisbane is temporarily closed. Follow MoB feed or the MoB Facebook page for updates and exciting content to enjoy from home. The MoB Shop remains open for all postal orders. SECOND UPDATE March 23, 2020: As of Monday March 23, QAGOMA is temporarily closed. Follow QAGOMA on Facebook and Instagram for updates and to stay inspired. Follow, comment and share using the hashtag #homewithQAGOMA. The online QAGOMA Store remains operational with every purchase supporting the Gallery. Look, no one is in denial at this point — the world is a strange place at the moment. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought almost everything in our usual routine to a halt, shutting down some of our favourite places to go and forcing a lot of us into self-distance mode or even self isolation. In this time more than ever, we long for distraction in the form… more

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

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. Make tracks to QAG from this weekend, as Mavis Ngallametta: Show Me the Way to Go Home will be on display from Saturday March 21. more

Film
Enjoy the ultimate under-the-stars cinema experience at Yatala Drive-In
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Enjoy the ultimate under-the-stars cinema experience at Yatala Drive-In

UPDATE Tuesday March 24: Yatala Drive-In Theatre has temporarily closed until further notice. Stay up to date by following the theatre on Facebook. With many of us practising social distancing to help flatten the curve of COVID-19, finding some form of entertainment-based escape during these trying times has become somewhat of a challenge. Well fear not, leisure seekers! An evening of wholesome throwback fun in the form of a trip to the beloved Yalata Drive-In will cure your case of cabin fever. Located just off the M1 in Stapylton (between Brisbane and the Gold Coast), this well-loved theatre boasts three fields with huge outdoor screens showing everything from the latest blockbusters to retro classics – all to be enjoyed from the comfort of your cosy car. more

Exhibitions
TEMPORARILY CLOSED Teeming with talent – Museum of Brisbane announces line-up for its 2020 artist-in-residence program
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TEMPORARILY CLOSED Teeming with talent – Museum of Brisbane announces line-up for its 2020 artist-in-residence program

Calling all art lovers! Get ready to be consumed by creative goodness – Museum of Brisbane (MoB) is once again set to make artistic dreams come true through its nurturing artist-in-residence program. Kicking off 2020 with a bang, MoB has announced one heck of a line-up, which promises multi-faceted works from a range of innovative artists, putting particular focus on Brisbane-based First Nations artists. more

Food
Cheese Week returns to Portside Wharf for a week-long celebration of all things fromage
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Cheese Week returns to Portside Wharf for a week-long celebration of all things fromage

From the perfect melt-in-your-mouth topping for our favourite carb-heavy dishes, to its status as a hero ingredient of any charcuterie board, cheese is a dangerously-addictive morsel that goes well with almost anything. To celebrate the appetite-stimulating dairy-based treat, Portside Wharf is hosting Cheese Week from Friday March 13 to Friday March 20, featuring a plethora of cheesy specials that are sure to supply a calcium hit. more

Exhibitions
TEMPORARILY CLOSED The ultimate after-hours art party – dive into Water Up Late
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TEMPORARILY CLOSED The ultimate after-hours art party – dive into Water Up Late

Please note that this event has been cancelled until further notice. We will do our best to keep you updated with the most current information. Night owls will get their chance to marvel at the wonderment and curiosities of QAGOMA’s summer blockbuster exhibition, Water, when live music and art combine for a jam-packed after-hours shindig. From Friday March 20 to Saturday March 21, GOMA will be taken over by homegrown musical talent, pop-up performances, science activations, bars, eats and more for Water Up Late. more

Community
Each for equal – where to celebrate International Women’s Day in Brisbane
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Each for equal – where to celebrate International Women’s Day in Brisbane

Round up your favourite female-supporting friends – International Women’s Day is nearly upon us! Taking place on Sunday March 8, this worldwide celebration shines a light on the awesome achievements of ladies from all corners of the globe and calls on everyone to rally for change to achieve gender equity. So you can celebrate girl power in all its multi-faceted glory, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest events happening around Brisbane from thought-provoking seminars to charity long lunches and wellness workshops. more

Hop to it – the giant, glowing bunnies of Intrude are burrowing their way into Brisbane
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Hop to it – the giant, glowing bunnies of Intrude are burrowing their way into Brisbane

There's not many creatures more adorable in the animal kingdom than a small, fluffy bunny à la Peter Cottontail. Playing on our communal adoration of all things rabbit-related, Australian artist Amanda Parer is bringing her world-renowned Intrude artwork, featuring giant inflatable bunnies to our shores. The fairytale-like installation will touch down at the riverside precinct of Eagle Street Pier from March 13–29. more

Exhibitions
A backstage pass to Brisbane's best beatmakers – don't miss out on tuning into High Rotation
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A backstage pass to Brisbane’s best beatmakers – don’t miss out on tuning into High Rotation

Whether you rocked Bernard's signature floppy hairstyle, you grew up listening to tunes from Regurgitator and Savage Garden or you're Thelma Plum's biggest fan, there's something for every local music devotee at Museum of Brisbane's nostalgia-fuelled exhibition, High Rotation. If you're yet to drop in, the exhibition has a few special events left for visitors to gain an exclusive insight into Brisbane's music scene, transporting them from underground Valley gigs to national and international stages. more

Exhibitions
Candy-coated musicals, froth-filled fests and queer flicks – the best events in Brisbane this March
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Candy-coated musicals, froth-filled fests and queer flicks – the best events in Brisbane this March

Another month, another bunch of awesome happenings to look forward to! Whether you're looking to chill out and listen to some live tunes at a backyard barbecue, bask in some toe-tapping theatre or immerse yourself in thought-provoking conversations on science and space, there's something for every leisure seeker on the calendar this month. We've put together a handy list of the coolest events happening in Brisbane this March, from science festivals full of wisdom and wonder to chocolate-covered musicals. more

Markets
James St Up Late introduces a bold new look for its 2020 shopping party
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James St Up Late introduces a bold new look for its 2020 shopping party

Please note that this event has been cancelled until further notice. We will do our best to keep you updated with the most current information. Attention happy shoppers! Your time has come – James St Up Late is back and bigger than ever! The annual after-dark spectacular will take over the leafy suburban street frequented by Brisbane’s best-dressed for an evening of scintillating discounts, goodies galore and fun in-store experiences, all while rubbing shoulders with some of the industry's biggest names. Pencil in Thursday March 26 for Brisbane’s premier fashion party, because this is one shopping soiree not to be missed! more

Music
(POSTPONED) Splendour in the Grass unveils a huge 2020 line-up
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(POSTPONED) Splendour in the Grass unveils a huge 2020 line-up

Please note that this event has been rescheduled to October 23-25 due to the Federal Government's ban on public gatherings in excess of 500 pax. Please check the Splendour in the Grass website for the most up-to-date information. From Grammy Award-winning rappers to indie-pop icons and Australian rock royalty, the 20th annual Splendour in the Grass line-up is nothing short of stellar. more