Parties, provocation and pure passion – Brisbane Festival unveils its whopping 2019 program
September in Brisbane is a seriously magical time – we’re in the heart of springtime, spirits are high, and the city becomes home to one of our most beloved annual rituals. That’s right – Brisbane Festival is returning from September 5–28 and bringing with it a whole host of jaw-dropping entertainment. We’ve been keeping you posted on some juicy announcements as they come through, but the full program has finally made its way out into the world – and we’ve gotta tell you, it’s well worth getting excited about.
Let’s break it down – we’re going to throw some Brisbane Festival numbers at you just to put the whole magnitude of the event into scope. The 23-day affair will bring together a tantalising mix of local, national and global talent across a staggering 454 performances of 83 shows – with a total cast of 908 artists. Amongst this exciting crop are some of the most exciting names in arts and culture around the world – tech wizards 59 Productions are taking on the unprecedented multi-artform Invisible Cities, Chinese superstar choreographer Yang Liping brings the groundbreaking Rites of Spring, plus two productions from South Africa’s lauded Isago Ensemble will be taking place.
There are even more exciting milestones and happenings in conjunction with Brisbane Festival this year. Large-scale installations will turn heads and shine a light on our city’s beauty and history – the searing Fire Gardens is set to take over the City Botanic Gardens while the water, light and laser spectacle River of Light illuminates hidden aspects of local Indigenous culture. Riverstage will also host four star-studded concerts to celebrate its 30th birthday, including a Brisbane-exclusive performance from City & Colour to close the festival. That’s not even close to all – we’re also lucky enough to get treated to world premieres from Dancenorth, La Boite and Queensland Theatre, as well as the red-hot new production from Strut & Fret’s BLANC DE BLANC crew.
Feeling fired up? This is just a small taste of what’s to come.You can scope the 2019 Brisbane Festival program in all of its glory and purchase tickets to any events through the official website.