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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

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Best in show – our top five picks for Brisbane Festival
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Best in show – our top five picks for Brisbane Festival

It’s almost September – spring has sprung, the days are getting longer and soon enough, around one million people will be enjoying the sensory explosion that is the iconic Brisbane Festival. The program is an eruption of diversity including elements of theatre, music, dance, circus and opera, as well as major public events such as Sunsuper Riverfire. Running from September 3–24, this year more than ever punters are spoilt for choice with a mixture of local legends and international stars coming out to play. We’ve put a magnifying glass to the amazing line-up of live entertainment to bring you our picks for Brisbane Festival this year. more

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Join the culture club with The Judy's top five upcoming shows
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Join the culture club with The Judy’s top five upcoming shows

If variety is the spice of life, then The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts is a certified jalapeno of an institution. You can pretty much swing by at any given time and see something that will knock your socks off – from theatre, fine art and comedy to everything in between – but the coming month sees a huge line-up of events that are well worth a visit or two. Whip out the calendar and file these five gems under ‘must-do’. more