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

This weekend marks the beginning of a new season (hello, Autumn!), and our city is jam-packed with happenings to celebrate. There's wine festivals, sheep-filled circus shows, huge plant sales, live music and much more. Read on for a few ideas on what you can get up to over the next few days ... 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

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North Stradbroke Island comes alive with colour and creativity for the Minjerribah Arts Trail
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North Stradbroke Island comes alive with colour and creativity for the Minjerribah Arts Trail

North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) is well known as an oasis for sun-soaked summer adventures with surfing, whale watching and snorkeling luring in mainlanders on the weekends. Along with its natural beauty, North Straddie also boasts a rich history and culture, which has been carefully preserved by the traditional custodians of the land, the Quandamooka People, who have cared for Minjerribah for more than 20,000 years. So you can experience some of the island’s rich arts and cultural traditions, members of the vibrant local arts community are swinging open their doors and inviting visitors to their private studios, workshops and galleries as part of the Minjerribah Arts Trail from Friday September 18 to Monday October 5. Now, all you have to do is book a ferry ticket. more

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Jazzy picnics, Disney drive-ins and blockbuster motorcycle exhibitions – the best spring events to check out in Brisbane
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Jazzy picnics, Disney drive-ins and blockbuster motorcycle exhibitions – the best spring events to check out in Brisbane

Spring sees Brisbane bloom with a number of exciting events popping up all over the city. So you can streamline the new season celebrations, we have picked out some of the top events worth checking out from September to November. From month-long culture festivals to musical-filled picnics in the park, outdoor cinemas and world-exclusive exhibitions, there’s plenty to dive into this spring. 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