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Brisbane Festival is back for another year of world premieres, sensory experiences and theatre triumphs
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Brisbane Festival is back for another year of world premieres, sensory experiences and theatre triumphs

This September, Brisbane Festival returns to unite, inspire and empower with another electric collision of culture, celebrations and community. Locals and visitors alike are invited to experience the country's finest artists, tastemakers and literary legends with more than 1000 performances set to take place from August 30 to September 21. From world-first premieres to Australian exclusives, here’s what’s in store for this year’s Brisbane Festival ... more

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Witness a playful parade of fluorescent flamingos as they light up West Village this September
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Witness a playful parade of fluorescent flamingos as they light up West Village this September

If Lightscape is anything to go by, this year's Brisbane Festival is full of fluorescent fun. Another event that is lighting up Brisbane's community spaces involves everyone's favourite brightly-coloured bird. Across four nights in September, a playful parade of full-size flamingos will bring some flare to West Village, for an outrageous outdoor performance from Dead Puppet Society. more

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Trailblazing dance-theatre works, shark dives and magical melodies – check out these Brisbane Festival events happening at Northshore Brisbane
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Trailblazing dance-theatre works, shark dives and magical melodies – check out these Brisbane Festival events happening at Northshore Brisbane

In case you haven't heard, Brisbane Festival is taking over the city with 23 jam-packed days of thrilling entertainment and hot-as-heck hijinks from September 1–23. One of the festival hubs is at found at Northshore, Brisbane's home of immersive experiences. It's here where you can catch a world-premiere dance-theatre work, be immersed in a choose-your-own shark dive adventure and be serenaded by the sweet sounds of Brisbane's finest talents. Want to know more? Keep reading curious creatures ... more

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Be transported to a dream-like labyrinth at Brisbane Festival's world premiere production, Salamander
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Be transported to a dream-like labyrinth at Brisbane Festival’s world premiere production, Salamander

In case you haven't heard, Brisbane Festival is taking over the city from September 1–23 with a culture-soaked line-up of more than 1000 performances encompassing art, dance, theatre, installation and music. The first cab off the rank is world premiere Salamander – a large-scale, dream-like dance theatre work created by internationally renowned choreographer and director Maxine Doyle and artist and designer Es Devlin. more

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The round-up: Where to eat, drink and get the best view for this year's Riverfire
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The round-up: Where to eat, drink and get the best view for this year’s Riverfire

With September on the horizon, so too is the arrival of Brisbane Festival. The month will serve up a bevy of theatre, music and art and will kick off with Brisbane’s biggest party – Riverfire by Australian Retirement Trust. The annual pyrotechnics showcase will light up the city's sky once again on Saturday September 2, and the banks of the Brisbane River will be lined with revellers keen to see the fireworks displays and aerial antics. If you’re searching for the perfect vantage point to take in the display and fill your rumbling belly at the same time, we've rounded up some of our top picks ... more

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Mischief, magic and mayhem – celebrate the LGBTIQ+ community with these must-see Brisbane Festival shows
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Mischief, magic and mayhem – celebrate the LGBTIQ+ community with these must-see Brisbane Festival shows

With a fully-loaded line-up of fabulous events approaching at breakneck speed for this year's Brisbane Festival (it's all happening from September 1–23, for the forgetful folk), it's safe to say choosing from the multitude of enticing events (more than 1000 to be specific) is certainly a challenge. But don't fret, as your faithful friends at The Weekend Edition have your back. Those wanting to immerse themselves in a bit of mischief, magic and mayhem, and celebrate all that is wonderful about our Queer community, listen up. We've rounded up all of the must-see LGBTIQ+ shows at this year's Brisbane Festival, and trust us when we say, the diamonds on this list are sure to be glitter-full of fun! more

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Wild parties and movie mixtapes – unmissable Brisbane Festival events taking over the South Bank Piazza
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Wild parties and movie mixtapes – unmissable Brisbane Festival events taking over the South Bank Piazza

With just over a month left before our city comes alive with more than 1000 culture-soaked events for Brisbane Festival, now is the time to start putting together your list of must-see performances to avoid any chance of missing out. It's hard to encapsulate the full depth of the 2023 program, so to help you out, we've put together a couple of round-ups to help narrow down the magnificent multitude of events. From mind-bending contortion and rom-com movie mixtapes to wild parties and musical journeys, here are all of the unmissable Brisbane Festival events taking over the South Bank Piazza. more


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Have an out-of-this-world experience gazing at massive moons and gigantic globes at West Village
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Have an out-of-this-world experience gazing at massive moons and gigantic globes at West Village

Ever since NASA started releasing images of far-flung galaxies from the most powerful telescope launched into space, our obsession with the cosmos has been reignited. Our days of training to be astronauts are probably well behind us (let's be real, they were never in front of us), so we're pretty happy to learn that some celestial goodness will soon reveal itself at West Village in the form of three mammoth planet-like installations by artist Luke Jerram. As Frank Sinatra once crooned, "fly me to the moon" ... more

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Hedonistic hubs and disco wonderlands – our top picks for Brisbane Festival
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Hedonistic hubs and disco wonderlands – our top picks for Brisbane Festival

Fire up the group chat – Brisbane Festival is just around the corner! Our favourite city-wide fiesta will be delivering a bucketload of dynamite events across four weekends from September 2–24. We're talking iconic Aussie idols, a disco wonderland, floating art exhibitions, sexy stage shows and much, much more. To get you revved up, we've handpicked some standout happenings that are well worth penning into your calendar. more

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Strap in for fireworks and fantastical festivities – Brisbane Festival is back with four weekends of wonder
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Strap in for fireworks and fantastical festivities – Brisbane Festival is back with four weekends of wonder

The city might be slightly more chilly than usual, but our event's calendar is well and truly warming up. Perhaps the most sizzling happening of the whole year has just been unveiled – Brisbane Festival is back! Our favourite city-wide fiesta will set our town alight from September 2–24 with a thrilling three-week program that is shaping up to be the brightest party yet. We're talking giant glowing globes, standout stage shows, a disco wonderland, awe-inspiring pyrotechnic displays and the return of everyone's favourite floating art exhibition. more

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Secret gardens and funny mummies – all of the must-see Brisbane Festival events at West Village
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Secret gardens and funny mummies – all of the must-see Brisbane Festival events at West Village

If you're wondering why our city looks a bit brighter than usual at the moment, it's all due to a certain city-wide fiesta – Brisbane Festival, of course! The much-anticipated celebration is setting our city alight from September 3–25 with a jam-packed three-week program. Set to host some of the finest festivities of the festival is West Village, which is home to everything from enchanting gardens full of larger-than-life florals to hilarious comedy showcases. Here's a taste of what's on offer ... more

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Pyrotechnics, seesaws and overwater exhibitions – Brisbane Festival itineraries for the wonder seeker in all
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Pyrotechnics, seesaws and overwater exhibitions – Brisbane Festival itineraries for the wonder seeker in all

With the very large-and-in-charge Brisbane Festival coming around the corner like the speed of light (it's all happening from September 3–25, for the forgetful folk), it's safe to say we're spoiled for choice – and choosing can be hard! Don't fret, fellow wonder seeker, as we have your back. We've curated four itineraries to help you tackle all of the festival goodness – whether you're a proud parent, eager bar hopper, art enthusiast or weekend chaser. more

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Hot in the city – the raunchiest shows to check out at Brisbane Festival
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Hot in the city – the raunchiest shows to check out at Brisbane Festival

September will usher in a lot of things – warmer weather, the early days of the silly season and our favourite annual fiesta – Brisbane Festival. The much-anticipated celebration will be injecting some razzle dazzle into our city from September 3–25 with a stimulating three-week program that is full to the brim with sultry, sexy and scintillating shows. If you're keen to get a bit dirrty Xtina-style, then luckily for you, we have rounded up Brisbane Festival's raunchiest events. From fierce LGBTIQ+ fashion parties to seductive cabaret troupes airing all of their dirty laundry, it's going to get hot and heavy up in here. more

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Urban legends, show dogs and fabulous fashion shows – our top five unmissable picks for Brisbane Festival
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Urban legends, show dogs and fabulous fashion shows – our top five unmissable picks for Brisbane Festival

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're all over the fact that Brisbane Festival is returning to our city from September 3–25 for three weeks of electrifying entertainment. If you're feeling overwhelmed by the absolute feast of fabulous events on offer then continue reading, as we've rounded up five of our favourite shows that have to be seen to be believed – including First Nations fashion parades, fierce femme tradies and fiery circus performances. more

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PSA – Brisbane Festival is having a Local Love flash sale so snag some tickets, pronto
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PSA – Brisbane Festival is having a Local Love flash sale so snag some tickets, pronto

[PLEASE NOTE: the flash sale is over but you can still snag tickets to all of the amazing Brisbane Festival shows here.] One thing that has gotten us through what has been a particularly rough few weeks is that there is a shining beacon of hope lighting up our events calendar this September – Brisbane Festival. If you haven't bought your tickets yet, we can forgive you (just this once) but we won't let you forget – this city-wide fiesta is right around the corner and is bringing with it a jaw-dropping program of performances. To help you save some sweet dosh whilst you secure your seat, the generous organisers of Brisbane Festival are hosting a Local Love flash sale. You'd better be quick – this 48-hour bargain bonanza starts today at 12:00 pm. more

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Get set to immerse yourself in inflatable installations and floating exhibitions – Brisbane Festival is coming back with a bang
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Get set to immerse yourself in inflatable installations and floating exhibitions – Brisbane Festival is coming back with a bang

If you can believe it, in two short months it will be September. Although this year seems like it is passing by quicker than you can sing Earth, Wind & Fire’s catchy song, that's not necessarily a bad thing, as the arrival of September means the return of our favourite city-wide fiesta – Brisbane Festival! The beloved celebration will set our city alight from September 3–25 with a thrilling three-week program that is shaping up to be the brightest party yet. From an art-filled boat cruising down Brisbane River and dance performances inside a bubble to much-anticipated stage shows and enchanting gardens full of larger-than-life florals, it doesn't get more weird and wonderful than this. more

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Baby, you're a firework – Sunsuper Riverfire is returning to Brisbane this September
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Baby, you’re a firework – Sunsuper Riverfire is returning to Brisbane this September

Last year took a lot from us, with the majority of our city's most beloved events completely wiped from the calendar. One of our favourite annual events, Sunsuper Riverfire was replaced by a month-long light-and-laser extravaganza in 2020 due to COVID restrictions, and although dazzling, we did miss our yearly dose of pyrotechnics. Fast forward a year and Riverfire is back is back with a ... bang (sorry, we had to) this September. more

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Metro Arts opens its doors at West Village with a colourful program of events
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Metro Arts opens its doors at West Village with a colourful program of events

Since moving out of its previous home at 109 Edward Street in The City, we have been eagerly anticipating the reopening (and rebirth) of Metro Arts. The famed creative institution has found its new stomping ground within the West Village precinct, bringing West End its first live theatre in a quarter of a century. To usher in the contemporary era of the 40-year-old multi-arts organisation, Metro Arts has lifted the curtain on its vibrant 2020 program, which includes a variety of electrifying performances, thrilling productions, eye-catching installations and enchanting exhibitions. It all kicks off when the doors open to the public on Thursday September 3, with a jam-packed itinerary of exciting events from the Brisbane Festival program. more

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Flash-mob cheerleaders, suburban cabaret shows and burlesque drag crews – Brisbane Festival's opening weekend will surprise and delight
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Flash-mob cheerleaders, suburban cabaret shows and burlesque drag crews – Brisbane Festival’s opening weekend will surprise and delight

Brisbane Festival returns brighter and bolder this year with an exciting 2020 program full of music, art and just a bit of naughtiness. The opening weekend will include all of this and more, illuminating our vibrant city with a laser installation, cul-de-sac concerts and burlesque-filled flashmobs. It all kicks off on Friday September 4 with a program of performances, exhibitions and experiences that will take Brisbane's breath away. more