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Sizzling and salacious – Wonderland Festival returns to add some debauchery to your summer
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Sizzling and salacious – Wonderland Festival returns to add some debauchery to your summer

We all know that Brisbane summer is a truly magical time despite (or sometimes because of) the heat – the days get longer, the nights get steamier and people tend to go a little bit loco. As we emerge from our winter hibernation with a renewed sense of confidence, we’re suddenly in the mood to play. Best to embrace the change, yeah? From November 23, Wonderland Festival will take over its spiritual home of the Brisbane Powerhouse for 11 hot and heavy nights of pure entertainment. Check your inhibitions at the door, people – things are about to get wild. more

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People power – Circa takes it to the physical limit with Humans
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People power – Circa takes it to the physical limit with Humans

For us laypeople, it’s not uncommon to see circus performers doing their thing and immediately think it’s some kind of witchcraft. Just how the heck do these people move the way that they do? While it may not be entirely natural to most, it is indeed possible. Us human beings are capable of all sorts of amazing feats when set with a challenge of seeing how far we can go, and one ensemble that proves this is Circa. Tumbling into QPAC from December 6–9, Circa’s Humans is a heart-stopping display of pure physical prowess that shows us just how far our species can push our bodies. more

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Valley Fiesta comes of age by throwing a street party with all the trimmings
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Valley Fiesta comes of age by throwing a street party with all the trimmings

Turning 21 is a pretty big deal – it’s the kind of occasion where you throw a massive rager, invite all of your friends and try to extend the good times for as long as possible, right? It’s definitely a milestone worthy of a two-day party featuring killer bands, loads of live entertainment and drool-worthy food, which is exactly what iconic street festival Valley Fiesta is doing to celebrate its upcoming birthday. Taking over the Brunswick Street and Chinatown malls as well as a host of adjoining venues on the October 27–28 weekend, this is one party you’ll want to invite yourself to. more

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Roll up, roll up – Brisbane Festival’s jam-packed residency begins this weekend
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Roll up, roll up – Brisbane Festival’s jam-packed residency begins this weekend

Hot damn, this town really loves spring. Far from gently awakening from a winter slumber and delicately dipping a toe into the pool to see if it’s warm enough, Brisbane prefers the cannonball method when it comes to new season celebrations. One such event that personifies this ethos is the annual Brisbane Festival, a crazy and colourful carnival running from September 9–30 that brings together all manner of artistic matter. From sex clowns to hoedowns, you’ll find it at Brisbane Festival. more

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On the line – Restrung explores the explosive places in between genres
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On the line – Restrung explores the explosive places in between genres

While genres can come in handy for classification, they can also be kind of limiting. We all know that one person who only listens to this or that, throwing some things aside and embracing others all because of a label (we see you, people who profess to hate country more than anything). Life is way more fun when you take the time to dig a little deeper and uncover what’s not so obvious – Restrung is taking over the Brisbane Powerhouse from August 17–19 to bring us a smorgasbord of strings-driven music, dance, theatre and art that pushes the boundaries of music and art. Let’s take a closer look at the spaces in between … more

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Leap into QPAC’s stunning International Series when The Royal Ballet comes to town
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Leap into QPAC’s stunning International Series when The Royal Ballet comes to town

QPAC is no stranger to prestigious global guests – the venue has a reputation for bringing some amazing names right here to Brisbane, and this year’s International Series is no exception. One visitor we have been hanging out for is almost here – from June 29 to July, The Royal Ballet is bringing two equally stunning works to our shores for the series. Each work is an Australian premiere, making these some of the hottest (and fanciest) tickets in town. more

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Celebrate local living and community vibes at the Teneriffe Festival
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Celebrate local living and community vibes at the Teneriffe Festival

July is a great month for a lot of reasons – winter days full of crisp air and sunny skies, officially marking the halfway point of the year and of course, the Teneriffe Festival sets up shop. This social calendar highlight celebrates everything we know and love about one of Brisbane’s (technically) newest suburbs, bringing together delicious food, awesome entertainment and a wholesome sense of community. Mark your diary for Saturday July 1 because it’s going to be one delight of a day. more

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Heaven & Earth brings a triple-threat talent showcase to The Judy
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Heaven & Earth brings a triple-threat talent showcase to The Judy

What happens between here and eternity? One thing is for sure – the arts make life worth living, and are capable of transporting us to an otherworldly place. From June 21–23, the Judith Wright Centre will play host to Heaven & Earth, three nights of unique performances showcasing the specialist disciplines of the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts. With one evening each dedicated to singing, dancing and acting, this is a triple-threat program that promises to be on another level. more


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Sashay this way – the Queensland Cabaret Festival returns with a star-studded schedule
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Sashay this way – the Queensland Cabaret Festival returns with a star-studded schedule

Cabaret is one of those things that you can’t really pin down into any specific description. Most of us are familiar with the vague, abstract concept – smoky rooms, dimly lit tables, clicking fingers and simmering sensuality. Turns out there is so much more to the genre than we give it credit for – and there is a dedicated event set to show us what it’s all about. The Queensland Cabaret Festival is returning from June 1–15, sashaying into three key venues to bring us a load of sauce, sizzle and spark with a serious side of heart. more

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Hell(enic) yeah – Paniyiri returns to bring us a big taste of Greek culture
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Hell(enic) yeah – Paniyiri returns to bring us a big taste of Greek culture

Regardless of where you come from in the world, there is one event on Brisbane’s cultural roster that gets everyone super excited year after year. After all, how is it possible to resist the combination of drinking, dancing and more food than should possibly be consumed in one sitting? When it comes to celebrating culture, the Greeks have got it going on – strap yourself in for the 2017 edition of the Paniyiri Greek Festival, returning to Musgrave Park and The Greek Club on the May 20–21 weekend to bring a hefty dose of joy to town. more

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Behind Closed Doors gives us a peek at private lives
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Behind Closed Doors gives us a peek at private lives

Whether it’s overt or more of a guilty pleasure, most of us can admit to having a voyeuristic streak. Now more than ever with social media, it’s a cinch to keep track of people we know and people we don’t – because let’s be real, we’re all guilty of a Facebook stalk. What happens when these curiosities spill over into reality? Behind Closed Doors is coming to QPAC from May 19–27 to scratch that kiss-and-tell itch, combining sensual contemporary dance and seductive modern jazz to give viewers a glimpse into the private lives of (fictional) strangers. more

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Find out what the edge of your seat was made for when Brandenburg and Circa team up for Spanish Baroque
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Find out what the edge of your seat was made for when Brandenburg and Circa team up for Spanish Baroque

When it comes to the arts, creative collaboration can take a performance to levels that simply could not have been reached as a solo effort. Fusing art forms creates magic on the stage, creating experiences that are as stunning as they are surprising. Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and contemporary circus troupe Circa are reuniting for a fearless fusion of movement and music, proving that these two art forms go together like they were made for each other. Spanish Baroque: Brandenburg and Circa is coming to QPAC on Tuesday May 16 for one night of high-intensity entertainment bursting with passion, power and virtuosity. more

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Experience the stunning secrets of a lost civilisation with Shen Yun
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Experience the stunning secrets of a lost civilisation with Shen Yun

There are few places on Earth with as rich a history as China – from its ancient architecture to the intricate cultural practices of its people, this country and its secrets continue to inspire and fascinate those who observe from the outside. You may not know it, but much of China’s traditional culture has been silenced since the Communist Party came into power – the government saw the arts as a threat to its position as leaders. Thankfully, there are artists out there who are passionate about restoring this culture. On April 14 and 15, you can witness the magic of Shen Yun at QPAC as they share their story through the power of dance. more

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Propel pushes contemporary dance to its absolute limits
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Propel pushes contemporary dance to its absolute limits

‘Propel’ is a powerful word with equally powerful connotations – it’s all about moving forward, getting things put into motion and being driven. It comes as no surprise that the latest offering from Expressions Dance Company has taken on this name – in keeping with the company’s steadfast commitment to the future of homegrown contemporary dance, Propel is an ambitious and visionary effort that truly encapsulates its title’s meaning. Coming to the Judith Wright Centre from March 3–11, the showcase sees four emerging dancers taking their bodies to the limit and leaving it all on the stage. more

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Landscape with Monsters thinks outside (and gets inside) the box
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Landscape with Monsters thinks outside (and gets inside) the box

When it comes to word association, there are certain notions that seem intrinsically linked to the idea of ‘circus’. Clowns? Sure. Trapeze? You bet. Red noses? Obviously. Well the circus is indeed coming to town, but definitely not as you know it – Landscape with Monsters is a groundbreaking production taking over the Brisbane Powerhouse from February 22–25, ditching the gimmicks to showcase the magic of human movement. more

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Celebrate the weird and wonderful world of contemporary dance at SUPERCELL
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Celebrate the weird and wonderful world of contemporary dance at SUPERCELL

Let me hear your body talk, Brisbane – we know that dance is a universal language that most everyone can understand, so it comes as no surprise that there are so many beautiful variations of the art form. One of the most compelling styles is undoubtedly the contemporary genre, blending narrative and mind-bending moves to create the ultimate form of self-expression. SUPERCELL: Festival of Contemporary Dance Brisbane is an ambitious offering coming to the Judith Wright Centre from February 18–25 to bring the wildest forms of body movement from around the world to our own backyard. more

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Be captivated by the opulent spectacle of The Sleeping Beauty
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Be captivated by the opulent spectacle of The Sleeping Beauty

The world of ballet is often associated with pure magic – timeless stories are combined with breathtaking costumes and opulent sets to take you away from your everyday life. One of the most shining examples of this is The Sleeping Beauty, a classic production that personifies everything that ballet stands for no matter how many incarnations it goes through. The Australian Ballet’s lavish production is returning to QPAC from February 24 to March 4 for a special encore season that is sure to dazzle. more

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Get swept up in the festive fantasy of The Nutcracker
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Get swept up in the festive fantasy of The Nutcracker

You know what they say – Christmas is the season of giving, and the Queensland Ballet knows what the people want. As per festive tradition, its annual production of The Nutcracker returns to QPAC from December 8–16 to dazzle audiences young and old with the gift of dance. This lasting classic is a huge part of the quintessential Brisbane Christmas experience, sprinkling a touch of magic that is sure to charm even the grizzliest Grinch. more

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Get set for 48 hours of unpredictable art at QT Gold Coast
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Get set for 48 hours of unpredictable art at QT Gold Coast

QT Gold Coast will explode into a cultural playground this weekend as it stages Hotelling – a 48-hour long arts and performance showcase. Art lovers and fun seekers will be treated to a flirtatious, fly-on-the-wall experience as a series of unpredictable performances unfold across bars, in elevators, corridors, courtyards, hotel rooms and previously unnoticed nooks throughout the contemporary Surfers Paradise hotel. more

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Go from Shakespeare to show tunes with our top five picks at QPAC
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Go from Shakespeare to show tunes with our top five picks at QPAC

I see London, I see France, I see QPAC’s… awe-inspiring line-up of theatre, ballet and music (get your mind out of the gutter)! Known as one of the country’s leading centres for all things live, QPAC is a haven for both emerging locals and big-name international stars. As well as hosting a number of rad Brisbane Festival picks, QPAC’s September program is packed with loads of goodies from all around the world. Take some time out to immerse yourself in our top five selections at QPAC this month. more