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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 – string-fuelled live gigs, huge science festivals and curiosity-piquing events are just a few highlights so far. A strong contender for the most dazzling event of the year is about to enter our stratosphere and is bringing with it some truly spellbinding showcases. Arriving at the City Botanic Gardens in 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 7–16. more

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

The weekend is nearly upon us so can we get a heck yeah? Concerts in The Valley, laneway markets, riverside feasts and jazz-tinged musicals are just a taste of what's on offer over the next few days, so keep reading for a few more ideas ... more

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Catch five decades of gripping photography at QAGOMA's new exhibition William Yang – Seeing and Being Seen
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Catch five decades of gripping photography at QAGOMA’s new exhibition William Yang – Seeing and Being Seen

William Yang is one of Australia's most acclaimed independent photographers and performers – and in a win for us, we can claim him as a Queenslander! To celebrate William and his meaningful works, QAGOMA is hosting a major survey of his artistic achievements. Coming to Brisbane from Saturday March 27 to Saturday August 22, William Yang – Seeing and Being Seen will introduce novices to William's work and remind fans why his output is so treasured within the arts community and beyond. 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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Artist Robert Brownhall lifts the curtain on his alluring exhibition at Philip Bacon Galleries
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Artist Robert Brownhall lifts the curtain on his alluring exhibition at Philip Bacon Galleries

Brisbane is quite the looker, if you ask us. The snaking river, lush gardens and grand urban scenery makes our city unique, but sometimes we are too busy to appreciate its beauty. Acclaimed Australian artist Robert Brownhall has stopped to smell the roses – and he wants you to as well. If you're keen to see Brisbane through new peepers, then we suggest making tracks to Fortitude Valley art space, Philip Bacon Galleries. It's here where you can stroll through Robert's visual diary, which we can guarantee is one worthwhile read. more

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QAGOMA will get your motor running with these high-octane motorcycle events
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QAGOMA will get your motor running with these high-octane motorcycle events

Unless you've been living under a rock, you're probably well aware that our little river city has become a mecca for all things motorcycle these past few months. It's all thanks to QAGOMA's world-exclusive The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire exhibition, which is showcasing the art, design and history of the iconic two-wheeled vehicle. Now, the gallery is cranking up the momentum on this awe-inspiring spectacle and is introducing a roster of virtual events, an outdoor festival and an evening full of tales from the road. more

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Time-travelling AR and gallery gigs – Curiocity Brisbane is transforming the city into one giant playground
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Time-travelling AR and gallery gigs – Curiocity Brisbane is transforming the city into one giant playground

We're only in February, but 2021's events calendar is already shaping up to be pretty spectacular. One festival that is set to transform our city into one massive adventure destination is Curiocity Brisbane, a 17-day celebration of science, art and technology. Encompassing all things fun and inspiring, this exhilarating event returns to our river city from March 12–28. more

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Punk rock, racing action and two-wheeled exhilaration – The Motorcycle Up Late rides into GOMA
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Punk rock, racing action and two-wheeled exhilaration – The Motorcycle Up Late rides into GOMA

Calling all two-wheeled transport lovers! If you're yet to visit GOMA's The Motorcycle: Design, Art, Desire exhibition, don't fret – The Motorcycle Up Late is speeding into GOMA from Friday March 19 to Saturday March 20 and promises to deliver its trademark mix of twilight tunes and starry exhibition experiences. Think top-notch Aussie music acts, DJs, bars, access to the blockbuster motorcycle exhibition after dark and some uber-cool pop-up activations. Strap in, this is going to be one wild weekend. more


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New year, new talent – Metro Arts has unveiled its absolutely chockers 2021 program
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New year, new talent – Metro Arts has unveiled its absolutely chockers 2021 program

Opening its new location in West Village in mid 2020, Metro Arts has maintained its stellar reputation of providing some of the best and boldest in arts and entertainment, from cabaret and contemporary dance to poetry and dazzling visual arts. This year, the colourful arts precinct is pulling out all of the stops to continue to deliver some top-tier events to Brisbane art lovers. Here's a taste of what's on Metro Arts' calendar from January through to June ... more

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One year on – Institute of Modern Art's new On Fire exhibition commemorates the Black Summer bushfires
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One year on – Institute of Modern Art’s new On Fire exhibition commemorates the Black Summer bushfires

It feels almost unreal that only one year has passed since the devastating Black Summer bushfires that ravaged our country in late 2019 and early 2020. To commemorate the anniversary of the destructive events of last summer, Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art has unveiled On Fire: Climate and Crisis, a brand-new exhibition that will be taking over the arts centre from Saturday January 30 to Tuesday March 30. more

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Relive one of the greatest eras of music at the nostalgia-inducing exhibition Cut Copy
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Relive one of the greatest eras of music at the nostalgia-inducing exhibition Cut Copy

From cultivating a punk scene that welcomed The Go-Betweens and The Leftovers to birthing these blokes and fostering a whole new generation of musically gifted talent, it's more than fair to say that Brisbane has had a major impact on Australia's music industry. A pivotal moment for our city's music scene happened between the 70s and 80s, where in suburban halls, corner pubs and bustling clubs, local bands and little-known artists thrived. State Library of Queensland's newest exhibition, Cut Copy, offers a snapshot of this transformative decade dipped in subculture, when artists took a DIY approach to not only music-making, but also music promotion. more

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Turn your scorn into art at QT’s curious new interactive museum Heartbreak Hotel
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Turn your scorn into art at QT’s curious new interactive museum Heartbreak Hotel

Everyone deals with break-ups differently – some of us mainline ice-cream, some of us watch The Notebook on repeat, some of us cyber-stalk our exes with a precision that would make ASIO proud and some of us set fire to every earthly possession that our lover has left behind. There are no hard and fast rules for mourning the end of a relationship, but there is a certain catharsis that comes from ridding yourself of everything that reminds you of your past paramour. Turning the concept of “filling a garbage bag with your ex’s stuff and literally dumping it on the street” into art is QT Hotel – because the reverse-cupids there have cooked up a concept designed to help you heal (but make it cute). Introducing Heartbreak Hotel, a pop-up exhibition where you can submit your relationship relics in the name of documenting love lost. more

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Get to know contemporary Queensland artist Madeleine Kelly at QAGOMA's Open Studio
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Get to know contemporary Queensland artist Madeleine Kelly at QAGOMA’s Open Studio

Every four months, QAGOMA invites a new artist to share their studio practice and provide insights into how they work as part of its riveting Open Studio program. It's like speed dating, but instead of meeting potential romantic partners, you're being introduced to a new (and extremely talented) artist. From now until January 31 2021, gallery-goers can get to know Queensland artist Madeleine Kelly by getting a behind-the-scenes look into her artistic processes. more

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History blends with art in Museum of Brisbane's new exhibition Here I Come to The Very Edge
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History blends with art in Museum of Brisbane’s new exhibition Here I Come to The Very Edge

If you've been looking for an excuse to make tracks to Museum of Brisbane (I mean, do you really need one?), then we have a very good reason for you! The inner-city cultural destination is home to a new exhibition that is sure to impress – Here I Come to The Very Edge by Brisbane-based artist Greer Townshend. The showcase, which first debuted earlier in the year to coincide with ANZAC Day commemorations, is now open to the public again from Wednesday November 11 to Sunday January 31. more

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Get lost in Museum of Brisbane's new cosmic exhibition Man & Wah: CELESTON 2
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Get lost in Museum of Brisbane’s new cosmic exhibition Man & Wah: CELESTON 2

We may not be able to travel to other countries at the moment, but it seems we can take an excursion to space (figuratively speaking, of course). So we can reach for the stars and discover the wonders of the universe, Museum of Brisbane is firing up the rockets with the launch of its new cosmic digital installation CELESTON 2, which has been created by Brisbane creative duo Man & Wah. If you're ready to embark on an other-worldly journey, read on to find out more about this eye-catching exhibition ... more

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GOMA to showcase contemporary Queensland artist Gordon Bennett's bold works and yet-to-be-seen pieces
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GOMA to showcase contemporary Queensland artist Gordon Bennett’s bold works and yet-to-be-seen pieces

One of our favourite activities in Brisbane is strolling through our riverside cultural precinct and thankfully, for art enthusiasts, this is back on the cards. One exhibition to add to your calendar is Unfinished Business: The Art of Gordon Bennett, which shines a spotlight on the art and legacy of one of Australia’s most influential contemporary artists, Gordon Bennet. Opening at the Gallery of Modern Art from Saturday November 7 and running until Sunday March 21, 2021, this striking exhibition will showcase the Queensland-based artist’s most popular and playful artworks and many yet-to-be-seen works from his collection. more

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Explore European-inspired art at Museum of Brisbane's new exhibition Bauhaus Now
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Explore European-inspired art at Museum of Brisbane’s new exhibition Bauhaus Now

As many art lovers would know, The Bauhaus is arguably the most influential art and design school in history, later becoming an avant-garde movement that transformed modern art across the world. Through post-war migration in the 1930s, this movement even made its way to our little river city, and significantly influenced everything from modernist art to design and architecture. If you want to find out the secrets behind this story and check out some eye-catching European-inspired artworks while you're at it, make tracks to Museum of Brisbane for the new exhibition Bauhaus Now, open now until April 18, 2021. more