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BLEACH* Festival
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Culture-soaked creativity and expert storytellers bring BLEACH* Festival’s 2022 program to life

Unless you're new to the coast or have been living under a rock, you're probably well familiar with BLEACH* Festival. For those who aren't, well, allow us – BLEACH* is the Gold Coast's premier arts and cultural festival that proudly and passionately champions the incredible artists and performers that make up the tapestry of the shining city. BLEACH* has been no stranger to COVID-related cancellations and, much to the dismay of everyone on the Gold Coast, last year's festival took a hit. Luckily for us, BLEACH* is back, better than ever and is here to celebrate its 11-year milestone by transforming beachside esplanades, botanic gardens and hinterland hideaways into backdrops for spine-tingling and thought-provoking experiences from August 11-21. We recommend clearing your calendar because the 11-day program has just been released and is packed with a bounty of events and… more

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Buskers by the lake
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Buskers by the Lake is bringing three days of adrenaline, creativity and sword swallowing to Lake Kawana

Creativity and personal expression come in many forms. Some of us sing, some dance, some may participate in adrenaline sports and others, well, they play with fire and swallow swords. The Australian and international busking community is rich with incredibly talented individuals that thrive on doing what they love in the hopes that it will entertain others. Buskers by the Lake is a Sunshine Coast festival that gives renowned and up-and-coming buskers the chance to show off their skills as part of a wider project, entertaining audiences over three days in one giant, lakeside extravaganza. The festival theme is 'Fantasyland', so get ready to soak up the sunshine and experience a whole new world of mystique, magic and marvel.  more

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Let loose and show off your moves at Metro Arts' Mad Dance Festival 2022
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Let loose and show off your moves at Metro Arts’ Mad Dance Festival 2022

While we may cut shapes at house parties and have the occasional boogie whilst bar hopping, most of us are in no way professional-level dancers (sorry in-denial amateurs). If you want to see some of the pros step up to the plate with their ace freestyle moves, then groove on over to Mad Dance Festival 2022. This celebration of Queensland’s street-dance scene will see some of the best local b-boys, and b-girls, poppers, lockers and hip-hop heavy-weights congregate for one big dance party. more

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Laneway tea festivals, summer parties and car meets – BrisAsia Festival returns with a hearty dose of culture and fun
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Laneway tea festivals, summer parties and car meets – BrisAsia Festival returns with a hearty dose of culture and fun

Get excited, folks – one of the city's most exciting cultural events, BrisAsia Festival, is back. From February 1–20, our city will come alive with the sights, sounds, tastes and experiences of Asia – no passport needed! From street-wide tea festivals full of boba to romantic gigs in gardens, here are some of the most exciting BrisAsia events popping up in Brisbane ... more

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Dancing, drinks and delicious eats – we've planned the ultimate night out at the Ballet International Gala
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Dancing, drinks and delicious eats – we’ve planned the ultimate night out at the Ballet International Gala

In case you missed it, the Ballet International Gala is pirouetting into town from January 26–30. Event-goers will be treated to a sizzling ballet showcase starring principal dancers from iconic institutions like The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Astana Opera and even our own Queensland Ballet. So you can have the ultimate night out at the theatre, we have pulled together a top-tier itinerary that will have you grabbing your tutu and tip-toeing around some delicious pit stops surrounding QPAC. more

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Some of the best dancers from across the globe are pirouetting into Brisbane for the Ballet International Gala
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Some of the best dancers from across the globe are pirouetting into Brisbane for the Ballet International Gala

We've been starved of international ballets in the past couple of years but, in a win for lovers of killer choreography, next year will be much different thanks to the exciting arrival of Ballet International Gala. The first major ballet production to be headlined by international artists in Australia since 2019, this bewitching world premiere is coming to QPAC from January 26–30 and is a must-see for balletomanes and dance devotees. more

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Singing, dancing and a dose of drama – La Boite Theatre announces its spellbinding ACT 2
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Singing, dancing and a dose of drama – La Boite Theatre announces its spellbinding ACT 2

Following a successful season opening with ACT 1 – which featured two hit productions – La Boite Theatre is pulling out all of the stops for a thrilling ACT 2. Kicking off this month and running until August, the exciting second act of the theatre's 2021 season features two diverse main stage productions, a fresh-faced music series and a brand-spanking-new program of HWY events. Order some bubbles, take your seat and settle in for a night at the theatre. more


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Showgirls, soul singers and tea spilling – MELT Festival drops its rainbow-soaked program
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Showgirls, soul singers and tea spilling – MELT Festival drops its rainbow-soaked program

For six fabulous years, MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture has brought a glitter-soaked treasure chest of events to our city. After the year-that-should-not-be-named, MELT is back and better than ever and is giving us a reason to not only put on our heels, but kick them back. So you can start applying your eyeshadow, we have got your sneak peek into this year's festival. From confetti-covered cabaret to Queen tributes, here's a taste of some not-to-be-missed events ... 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

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Bop to the pops – Britney Spears’ choreographer is hosting a dance class full of Brit's hits
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Bop to the pops – Britney Spears’ choreographer is hosting a dance class full of Brit’s hits

Look, we're not gonna beat around the bush – life in quarantine has got us doing some some strange things. Whether it's attempting to dramatically change our hairstyle à la Britney circa 2007, text our K-Fed-like exes, or the boundless attempts to replicate Britney Spears' iconic dance moves, our lives are starting to mirror our favourite gym-burning pop queen. To help us get a piece of Britney (and get a good sweat sesh in while we're at it), Brit's former choreographer is hosting a virtual pop-song-fuelled dance class. Yep, that's right – it’s time to work, bitch. more

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There is no mystery so great as misery – The Australian Ballet breathes new life into classic fable The Happy Prince
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There is no mystery so great as misery – The Australian Ballet breathes new life into classic fable The Happy Prince

Mixing playfulness and poetry with a side of pirouetting, The Happy Prince, is The Australian Ballet's take on the classic Oscar Wilde tale of the warm-hearted golden statue. The world premiere of this brand-new ballet by Australian Choreographer Graeme Murphy is coming to QPAC from 25 to 29 February and is set to capture the hearts of those with child-like imaginations with its magical story of love and sacrifice. more

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Goodbye for now, but not forever – Metro Arts bids farewell to its Edward Street home with two-week festival Metro Arts, with love
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Goodbye for now, but not forever – Metro Arts bids farewell to its Edward Street home with two-week festival Metro Arts, with love

Since news broke in December 2019 that the much-loved heritage-listed arts centre at 109 Edward Street had sold, we have been eagerly anticipating how Metro Arts will celebrate more than four decades of supporting and mentoring artists and their creative works. Set to go out with a bang, Metro Arts, with love is – as you probably rightly assumed – a love letter to the space as well as to the artists and audiences in the form of 12 days of performance, artworks and live music from February 1 to 15. more

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Cirque du Soleil's Big Top returns to Brisbane with KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities
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Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top returns to Brisbane with KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities

Roll up, roll up – it's time to walk the tightrope to Cirque du Soleil's big top at Northshore Hamilton, as the largest contemporary circus producer in the world is back in Brisbane with its newest show-stopping spectacle. Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since 1984, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is set to wow audiences with weird and wonderful acrobatics teamed with hilarious carnival comedy from Friday January 10 to Sunday February 23. more

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Christmas in Brisbane brings magic, wonder and free fun this festive season
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Christmas in Brisbane brings magic, wonder and free fun this festive season

The tinsel is out of storage, the ornaments are polished and the oven is prepped at a perfect pavlova-cooking temperature – we think it’s safe to say that the festive season has well and truly arrived! Christmas in Brisbane is truly a magical time where our city comes alive to celebrate in a uniquely Australian way – after all, who needs snow when you have sand? From enchanted gardens to festive beats, we’ve found the best things happening during Christmas in Brisbane across The City, South Bank and Roma Street Parkland. more

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What’s on this Ekka eve and public holiday
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What’s on this Ekka eve and public holiday

There are so many things to love about the Ekka – the food, the animals and the rides are right up there, but it’s the public holiday that we’re most grateful for. If you’re not up for braving the crowds at the showgrounds on Wednesday August 14, we’ve whipped up a little list of things that are happening around town on the public holiday and the night before – you get a sleep-in, after all … more

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Queensland Ballet brings back a classic with its stunning season of Romeo & Juliet
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Queensland Ballet brings back a classic with its stunning season of Romeo & Juliet

“Two households, both alike in dignity …” It’s one of the oldest and most tragic love stories of all time, and has been privy to countless interpretations across all artistic mediums – we’re talking, of course, about Shakespeare’s ever-enduring Romeo & Juliet. The beauty, drama and sheer theatricality of The Bard’s most popular tale still resonate with audiences the world over, particularly in the realm of dance. Returning from a sold-out 2014 season and in feverish demand, Queensland Ballet is treating audiences once more to the true treat that is Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet, coming to QPAC from August 28. more