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

It is the last weekend of autumn, guys. Winter is backing into our fair city like a disgruntled waitress in an old-timey movie who uses her hips and bum to open doors because her hands are full of trays balancing milkshakes and soda pop. Anyways, if you want to max out your final fall days you’ve come to the right place – from indie spirits to fun camp for grown-ups, we’ve scouted what’s on in Brisbane on the May 25–28 weekend. 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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Fish Lane Festival brings lion's head meatballs and charcuterie bento to the party
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Fish Lane Festival brings lion’s head meatballs and charcuterie bento to the party

Long gone are the days when South Brisbane’s Fish Lane was written off as a dark and drab industrial lot. Time, innovation and a heck of a lot of hard work have seen the precinct go through a full swan-like transformation on us, becoming one of Brisbane’s favourite foodie hotspots and cultural hubs. Celebrating this renaissance for the second year running is Fish Lane Festival, bringing together the best food, music and art on Saturday May 13 for a party you won’t soon forget. more

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Max out your long weekend vibes with eats and beats at the Stones Corner Festival
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Max out your long weekend vibes with eats and beats at the Stones Corner Festival

Who doesn’t love a good street party? The combination of delicious food, flowing beverages and some killer live tunes is not only a sure-fire winner in the fun stakes, but also a great way to get out and celebrate the community spirit that Brisbane is so well-known for. When it comes down to it, these events are best left to the professional party people – those with a reputation for creating good vibes. The Stones Corner Festival returns on Sunday April 30 for an all-in fiesta that will be taking over the hub of the suburb, sprawling through the streets to bring you the best that Brisbane has to offer. more

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Film score maestro Hans Zimmer brings his legendary soundtracks to life at Revealed
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Film score maestro Hans Zimmer brings his legendary soundtracks to life at Revealed

When it comes to famous modern composers, most of us could only name a handful (if that). One thing for darn certain is that a name that is instantly recognisable in the musical world is Hans Zimmer. Even if you don’t know it off the top of your head, he’s the major dude responsible for some of the most famous and beloved scores in recent memory. Hans Zimmer Revealed is coming to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Saturday May 6 for one night of intensity that explores and celebrates the career of a living legend – with the man himself performing. 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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The Blurst of Times brings big bands, endless rosé and shotgun weddings to The Valley
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The Blurst of Times brings big bands, endless rosé and shotgun weddings to The Valley

“It was the best of times, it was the … blurst of times?” This iconic quote isn’t just a throwback to the golden age before The Simpsons became actually quite awful – it is also the namesake for one of Brisbane’s finest music festivals. What The Blurst of Times lacks in anthropomorphic monkeys, it makes up for in tuneage – we’re talking about a line-up that is stuffed with some of Australia’s best live acts across a range of genres. Taking over three key Fortitude Valley venues on Saturday April 29, Blurst is a one-day rager that ironically promises nothing but the best of times. more

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Keep it on wax – jam to live tunes and pick up rare vinyl gems this Record Store Day
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Keep it on wax – jam to live tunes and pick up rare vinyl gems this Record Store Day

When it comes to the at-home musical experience, nothing beats the warmth of a good record (because let’s be honest, nobody really gets nostalgic over CDs). Vinyl has seen a serious resurgence in the past few years, breathing new life into a music market that is so digitally driven. On Saturday April 22, vinyl fans from around the world will celebrate Record Store Day – a time to come together and get amongst the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned entities play in their communities. Brisbane’s favourite stores are getting in on the action – here’s the scoop. more

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If music and literature had a very cool baby, it would be A Rock & Roll Writers Festival
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If music and literature had a very cool baby, it would be A Rock & Roll Writers Festival

First thing’s first – rock and roll is so much more than a genre. Rock and roll is an attitude and a way of life that is built around pushing boundaries, sticking it to the man and generally kicking huge amounts of ass. It makes sense, then, that rock and roll forms the basis of one of Brisbane’s most exciting cultural events. Taking over the historic Old Museum for the April 1–2 weekend, A Rock & Roll Writers Festival celebrates and explores the intrinsic relationship between writing and music, utilising the smartest (and boldest) minds in the business. more

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Indulge in pleasure all over when art and opera collide at Sensory
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Indulge in pleasure all over when art and opera collide at Sensory

When it comes to cultural experiences, two things that tend to complement each other perfectly are art and music. Each has such a powerful impact on the way that we feel and perceive things, so it makes sense that when the two are combined, magic happens. The fine folk at Opera Queensland have cottoned on to this theory, creating a landmark event in the company’s debut creative venture of the year. Sensory is steeping into the Gallery of Modern Art on Friday April 7 for one night of all-in pleasure set to stun, surprise and tantalise perceptions from head to toe. more

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Big Gay Day returns for its 17th year to slay us with superstars
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Big Gay Day returns for its 17th year to slay us with superstars

Usually stereotypes surrounding the queer community are the absolute worst, but there is one universal law that we can acknowledge with our hands over our hearts as being true – these folks know a thing or two about throwing a party. This fact is why regardless of sexual orientation or identification, Big Gay Day has become one of the most hotly anticipated street festivals on Brisbane’s social calendar. The event returns to its spiritual home of The Wickham this Sunday March 12 to prove that Brisbane’s heart and soul is painted with every colour of the rainbow. more

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Get your music festival on for free at the Mountain Goat Valley Crawl
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Get your music festival on for free at the Mountain Goat Valley Crawl

When you think of crawling, your mind will probably wander one of two ways – babies who can’t walk and multiple-stop romps (usually involving delicious drinks). Falling into the more exciting category is the Mountain Goat Valley Crawl, a you-beaut free festival taking over Fortitude Valley on Saturday February 11 in a tidal wave of sonic goodness. If bands, brews and venue hopping like a boss are your jam, this is one night you’ll want to clear your schedule for. more

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The round-up: where to celebrate Australia Day in 2017
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The round-up: where to celebrate Australia Day in 2017

These days it’s pretty difficult to pin down what makes someone a quintessential Australian. Our increasingly diverse population is one of the things that makes Australia so vibrant, but it also makes it tricky to define what it is to be ‘true blue’. One thing we think Australians of every walk of life appreciate is a public holiday, and we’ve got one coming up! The Australia Day public holiday lands on Thursday January 26, which means that many will be looking to take advantage of a four-day weekend. If you are keen to get out and about on Australia Day, we’ve collated this bonza list of events, perfect for celebrating in style with our fellow Aussies. more

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Enjoy the icons and discover new favourites at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival
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Enjoy the icons and discover new favourites at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

In an age where it seems like music festivals are dying out, it takes a special recipe to stay afloat. St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival has hit the nail on the head, returning to our city for its tenth year as a purveyor of boundary-pushing talent. Combining live tunes, indie markets and a distinct vibe, Laneway has the star power of a festival with the soul of a basement show. Rolling into the Brisbane Showgrounds on Thursday January 26, Laneway proves once again that sometimes doing things differently is what pays off in the long run. more

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From iconic bands to dancing horses, GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival brings the party
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From iconic bands to dancing horses, GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival brings the party

A certain special Brisbane icon has recently ticked over into the double digits – the Gallery of Modern Art has been making our fair city exponentially cooler for a decade now, and this particular birthday is the gift that keeps on giving. Adding to the already impressive list of things the gallery has done to celebrate, the GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival will be taking over GOMA from January 18–22 in an explosion of colour, education and entertainment. more

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Prepare to push the limits at An Evening With Amanda Palmer
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Prepare to push the limits at An Evening With Amanda Palmer

There are certain names in the entertainment industry that will always have an element of pure curiosity attached to them – one such figure is Amanda Palmer. The controversial multidisciplinary performer has made a name for herself through a warts-and-all approach to her shows, blending punk rock and cabaret together to create a unique sound delivered with tremendous heart. On Friday February 3 and Saturday February 4, the Brisbane Powerhouse invites you to spend An Evening With Amanda Palmer – expect the unexpected. more

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Take a sonic summer holiday with Nouvelle Vague at So Frenchy So Chic
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Take a sonic summer holiday with Nouvelle Vague at So Frenchy So Chic

There’s something so quintessentially dreamy about France – from wine and cheese to twinkling lights, the whole culture is wrapped in style and sophistication. It’s no wonder that Nouvelle Vague is one of the country’s most popular musical exports – the hypnotic sounds and offbeat covers of the group have stolen the hearts of many. The group’s appearance at the Brisbane Powerhouse’s So Frenchy So Chic concert series is happening on Friday January 20 to bring tunes that will make you swoon. more

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Experience music, magic and community spirit at the Woodford Folk Festival
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Experience music, magic and community spirit at the Woodford Folk Festival

What are you doing New Year’s Eve? If the answer isn’t Woodford Folk Festival, you may be in for some serious FOMO – from amazing international live music to watching the sunrise with more than 25,000 peaceful punters, it’s a sensory experience many find near impossible to describe. The iconic event once again takes up residence at its physical and spiritual home of Woodfordia from Tuesday December 27 until New Year’s Day, heralding the arrival of 2017 in its own inimitable style. more