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.
Set to delight and connect locals while giving our city’s entertainment industry a much-needed boost, the 2020 Brisbane Festival will showcase a whopping 490 performances across 91 events – 73 that are free and 28 that have been commissioned especially for this year’s festival. The jam-packed roster of events kicks off with large-scale art project Messengers of Brisbane, starring six giant bird sculptures that will watch over the city from perches atop iconic Brisbane locations. Another one that will make you set your eyes on the sky is the much-anticipated Sunsuper Night Sky, a laser, light and sound show that will beam across Brisbane on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the festival. To give festival-goers a dose of musical magic, composer and artist Lawrence English will collaborate with some of Brisbane’s top-tier musicians to curate a series of performances across the city for The Listening Études.
Theatre fanatics can make tracks to QPAC to witness Leviathan, a spellbinding show featuring the gravity-defying acrobats and body-bending dancers that make up performance company Circa. More playhouse fun awaits at Brisbane Powerhouse, which will host Snapshot, a time capsule exhibition that showcases some extraordinary life-changing moments from the past few months through film, sound and live performance. The iconic riverside venue will also host One Bottle Later, a bold intimacy experiment where strangers will interview future friends over a bottle of wine. Taking the fun to the suburbs (all 190 of them) will be Street Serenades – a series of live-and-loud neighbourhood concerts, suburban symphonies and park gigs. Cul-de-sac cabaret Hot Mess Mama is a standout, which will see Brisbane singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emma Dean serenading locals with a five-piece band.
This is just a sneak peek of the beast that is Brisbane Festival. You can dive into the 2020 Brisbane Festival program in all of its laser-soaked glory and purchase tickets to events here.