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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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What's on in Brisbane this weekend
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What’s on in Brisbane this weekend

While the weather may be chilly, it's definitely worth getting out and about this weekend! There's plenty of fun-filled events coming to Brisbane over the next few days – you can test your trivia knowledge amongst Aussie music legends, boogie the night away at Bee Gees-themed night markets or get into the Christmas (in July) spirit at festive pop-up bars. Here's our pick of some of the best things to do this weekend ... more

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An outdoor cinema, night market, mirror maze and a pleasuredome is coming to Brisbane Powerhouse
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An outdoor cinema, night market, mirror maze and a pleasuredome is coming to Brisbane Powerhouse

This year is packed to the rafters with truly exciting entertainment happenings, and now we have a couple of more to add to the mix. Brisbane Powerhouse has announced that four major outdoor activations will be staged at the New Farm precinct, with the colourful calendar lined with outdoor cinemas, night markets, mirror mazes and even a pleasuredome from this August. more

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State Library of Queensland is celebrating 120 years with a huge birthday bash
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State Library of Queensland is celebrating 120 years with a huge birthday bash

Get ready to sing hip hip hooray, as it’s State Library of Queensland's 120th birthday! Before you start putting your hands together for the obligatory 120 claps, let us tell you all about the ‘extra’ ordinary birthday festivities this old gal is hosting to mark the mammoth celebration on Saturday June 18. We're talking behind-the-scenes tours of rare collections, whimsical children's exhibitions and story picnics with award-winning song writers. To help you plan your extraordinary day at State Library of Queensland, we have rounded up some of the most exciting events for the curious, the creative and the kidlets ... more

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Chiharu Shiota The Soul Trembles
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A spellbinding solo showcase from thread-weaving artist Chiharu Shiota is set to take over QAGOMA

When we heard that QAGOMA was set to host a sizeable showcase of revered Japanese-born, Berlin-based installation artist Chiharu Shiota's works, we started clearing our calendars almost immediately. Coming to the cultural precinct on June 18, The Soul Trembles is the largest solo exhibition of the artist’s work to date – and it's an art-filled 'gram-worthy adventure, to say the least. The exhibition will highlight Chiharu Shiota's practice across large-scale installations, sculptures, video performance, photography and drawing. In other words, this is one immersive exhibition that must be seen to be believed. more

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Painting, sipping and clay play – delve deeper into the Indigenous Art Program with this series of free events
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Painting, sipping and clay play – delve deeper into the Indigenous Art Program with this series of free events

With upwards of 60,000 years of history on the land we call Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people carry a rich and storied cultural heritage that has been passed down for generations through art and storytelling. Celebrating First Nations artists and their depth of culture, the Indigenous Art Program brings these stories of truth, strength and determination into our streets and laneways, showcasing works in Brisbane’s sprawling Outdoor Gallery. From May 7 to August 7, you can discover the OUTstanding exhibition, which showcases new and existing artworks from 12 emerging and early career artists. Through large-scale banners, light boxes, projections, walking tours, workshops and more, the 2022 program acknowledges our unsung Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heroes and speaks to unresolved issues, conciliation and truth-telling in this country. To help you navigate… more

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Glow-in-the-dark gardens, flavourful food-truck fare and DJs at dusk – all of the must-do events happening at Botanica: Contemporary Art Outside
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Glow-in-the-dark gardens, flavourful food-truck fare and DJs at dusk – all of the must-do events happening at Botanica: Contemporary Art Outside

This month, Brisbane will be soaked in a rainbow of colour thanks to Botanica: Contemporary Art Outside, which is coming to the City Botanic Gardens from May 20–29, 5:00–10:00 pm. As the sun sets over the city skyline, this open-air exhibition will light up the park with a plethora of colourful projections and immersive installations. Upping the ante will be a range of twilight tours, after-dark entertainment including live beats and food trucks, and a kid-friendly art trail. Here's our pick of Botanica's must-do happenings ... more


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The free Indigenous art exhibition popping up in spaces and places in The City
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The free Indigenous art exhibition popping up in spaces and places in The City

Australia’s First Nations people are the longest continuing culture on the planet. As our country’s very first storytellers, it is important to pay attention to what Indigenous Australians have to say – and what better way to learn and appreciate culture than through the medium of art? Brisbane City Council’s Outdoor Gallery is set to spotlight promising emerging and early career First Nations artists from Saturday May 7. Here's a taste of what you can expect to see around The City ... more

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Australian Wearable Arts Festival
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Strut your stuff – the Australian Wearable Art Festival is back in all its avant-garde trashion glory

Have you ever looked at a floral arrangement or a solitary piece of rubbish floating in the breeze and thought, "Wow, that would make a stunning outfit"? Perhaps you are just captivated by all things fashion, from the humble little black dress to the Met Gala's over-the-top extravagance. Either way, if you feel divinely inspired at the thought of throwing together a creative ensemble and crave the opportunity to sit front row at a catwalk, get excited because the Australian Wearable Art Festival is coming to the Sunshine Coast on May 21. more

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QLD Garden Expo
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Green thumbs up for this plant-filled weekend on the Sunshine Coast

If you've spent the last two years fostering a healthy obsession with plants and all things gardening, then boy, do we have some news for you. From July 8–10, the Sunshine Coast is playing host to the who's-who of Aussie gardening at the Queensland Garden Expo! To help you get your green thumb ready for three plant-packed days of soil-enriched gardening goodness, we've curated a jam-packed itinerary that will tantalise your taste buds and give you a much-needed breath of fresh air as you escape the city and let Mother Nature give you some love. more

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Dazzling art installations will come alive after dark in the park for Botanica – Contemporary Art Outside
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Dazzling art installations will come alive after dark in the park for Botanica – Contemporary Art Outside

We've been truly blessed when it comes to exciting pop-ups on this year's calendar but a strong contender for the most dazzling event of the year is about to enter our stratosphere – and it's bringing with it some truly spellbinding showcases. Arriving at the City Botanic Gardens this May is Botanica – Contemporary Art Outside, a huge display of illuminating site specific artworks that will light up the park after dark with picture-perfect projections and immersive installations from May 20–29. more

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Opulent opals and perfect pearls – discover jewellery designer Margot McKinney's World of Wonder at Museum of Brisbane
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Opulent opals and perfect pearls – discover jewellery designer Margot McKinney’s World of Wonder at Museum of Brisbane

With a lifetime dedicated to luxury, Australian creative icon Margot McKinney is one of the world’s most renowned jewellery designers. Timeless, one-of-a-kind and absolutely breathtaking, Margot’s unique designs are a celebration of the world’s rarest gems. Soon you'll be able to see some of these incredibles pieces displayed in one place thanks to Museum of Brisbane's newest exhibition, World of Wonder: Margot McKinney. more

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See our city through a new lens in Museum of Brisbane's new exhibition Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane
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See our city through a new lens in Museum of Brisbane’s new exhibition Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane

When it comes to art, culture and architecture, Brisbane has a storied history and the city's future is set to be equally as exciting. With the Olympics on the horizon, Brisbane’s urban development scene is set to skyrocket. So now's a better time than ever to reflect on our city's most iconic landmarks and ask the question, can memories make a place? Helping to answer this query is Museum of Brisbane's newest exhibition, Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane, which presents more than 100 historical and contemporary depictions of the Brisbane region. more

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Chiharu Shiota The Soul Trembles
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QAGOMA announces huge summer exhibition Air and solo showcase from thread-weaving creative icon Chiharu Shiota

QAGOMA has hit us with not just a double whammy, but a triple dose of goodness with its blockbuster 2022 program announcement. Some huge exhibitions are coming to Brisbane's art and culture hub, including a summer blockbuster on air and its centrality to life, an exhibition highlighting Queensland contemporary art and a solo exhibition of work by the revered Japanese-born, Berlin-based artist Chiharu Shiota. Here are all of the need-to-know deets ... more

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Good news, art lovers – QAGOMA is reopening this week
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Good news, art lovers – QAGOMA is reopening this week

When the Southeast Queensland weather emergency wreaked havoc on our city, some of our favourite cafes, restaurants and cultural institutions were forced to temporarily shutter. Thankfully, the sun is now out and Brisbane is slowly but surely recovering – and we’re ready to once again spend our free time exploring! It's pretty great timing too, as South Brisbane's beloved art space QAGOMA is reopening its doors to the public this Friday March 18. more

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A fluffle of giant bunnies is coming to Brisbane Quarter just in time for Easter
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A fluffle of giant bunnies is coming to Brisbane Quarter just in time for Easter

With Easter just a month away, we're more than just a little excited for copious amounts of chocolate, a couple of days off work and the occasional hot cross bun (or five). One more egg-citing event to look forward to is Amanda Parer's Intrude exhibit, which will see three of the artist's world-travelling illuminated rabbits making their way back to our city. These big bunnies will be bouncing into Brisbane Quarter from March 29 to April 17, so clear your calendar now to ensure you can catch a glimpse before they hop away! more