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Here, queer and killin’ it – MELT Festival returns with a rainbow of entertainment
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Here, queer and killin’ it – MELT Festival returns with a rainbow of entertainment

Although there is still a ways to go in the fight for equality and acceptance, Brisbane boasts a festival that is all about taking these struggles, throwing some glitter on them and using them as a vehicle for moving forward. Returning to its home of the Brisbane Powerhouse from May 17–27, MELT Festival is an open invitation for one and all to celebrate Brisbane’s wonderfully diverse queer communities. more

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Creatures of the night – GOMA announces its final act for the Piccinini edition of Up Late
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Creatures of the night – GOMA announces its final act for the Piccinini edition of Up Late

Many people tend to come out of their shells after dark. The night has long been associated with things getting a bit freaky, with the cover of darkness allowing us to be our true selves. Under this rationale, it makes perfect sense that one of our city’s most alluring attractions is perhaps best experienced by night. Patricia Piccinini’s Curious Affection is getting the famous GOMA Up Late treatment, bringing a host of eclectic musicians and the chance to see the exhibit after hours. Coming to the Gallery from June 8 to July 6, the program packs a serious punch to match the weird and wonderful nature of Patricia’s groundbreaking exhibit. more

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Sexy strings – world-renowned harpist Xavier de Maistre comes to QPAC
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Sexy strings – world-renowned harpist Xavier de Maistre comes to QPAC

It’s a tale as old as time – you have a crush on someone, said crush is really into a particular thing and all of a sudden you develop an intense interest in said particular thing. While most of us can relate to exaggerating an interest in comic books or test cricket to impress a budding love interest, some people take it a step further. One such character is Xavier de Maistre, who at the tender age of nine fell head over heels for his town’s local harp teacher and took to plucking to impress her. Luckily for all of us, Xavier stuck with the harp beyond his initial infatuation – and grew into one of the world’s most celebrated classical musicians. more

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Splendour in the Grass drops its huge first line-up announcement for 2018
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Splendour in the Grass drops its huge first line-up announcement for 2018

Folks, the wait is over – the Splendour in the Grass 2018 line-up has dropped and it’s a certified doozy! The festival returns to North Byron Parklands for its 18th rendition from July 20–22 with more than 100 acts just announced in the first release. Pinch those pennies, put in your annual leave and start making a hype playlist because this is a line-up worth travelling for. more

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Our top five highlights for week two of Festival 2018 Brisbane
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Our top five highlights for week two of Festival 2018 Brisbane

It's all happening – we are currently in the thick of the thrilling Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games! While the sporting action is taking place down south between April 4–15, Brisbane certainly isn't missing out – the city is buzzing with a stellar program of world-class events and live entertainment thanks to Festival 2018. For 12 huge days, the city is coming alive for an arts and culture extravaganza and best of all – it’s entirely free. Last week we rounded up some of our must-sees for the opening week, so we thought we'd help out again with some guidance. Here are our top picks for Week Two of Festival 2018 in Brisbane, from Monday April 9 to Sunday April 15. more

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra leads Brisbane Festival’s 2018 line-up
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra leads Brisbane Festival’s 2018 line-up

Although still several months away, the 2018 Brisbane Festival is already positioned as one of the city’s most anticipated events. If we were to hazard a guess, we’d say it was because of the festival’s recent announcement that psych R’n’B outfit Unknown Mortal Orchestra will be playing as part of the festivities. If this is the entree for the main course to come, we can’t wait to feast. more

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Our top five highlights for week one of Festival 2018 Brisbane
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Our top five highlights for week one of Festival 2018 Brisbane

It's official – the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games have arrived! While most of the action is taking place down south between April 4–15, Brisbane will still be buzzing with a stellar program of world-class events and live entertainment thanks to Festival 2018. For 12 huge days, the city will come alive for an arts and culture extravaganza and best of all – it's entirely free. Here are our top picks for Week One of Festival 2018 in Brisbane, from Wednesday April 4 to Sunday April 8. more

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Who run the world? WOW at Festival 2018 celebrates females in all of their forms
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Who run the world? WOW at Festival 2018 celebrates females in all of their forms

Although there is still a long way to go in the fight for equality, it’s always nice to look around and take stock of the progress that has been made. Between same-sex marriage laws getting passed and the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements taking off, there is a global conversation happening around the subject of gender – particularly in regards to breaking down conventions and entering a brave new world where women speak up, stand out and have equal footing. Coming to the Brisbane Powerhouse on April 6–8, Women of the World at Festival 2018 (or WOW if you’re feeling cheeky) is a three-day celebration of everything it means to be a woman in this modern world. more


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Sass is served – Hot Brown Honey brings its genre-defying live show to Brisbane
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Sass is served – Hot Brown Honey brings its genre-defying live show to Brisbane

When it comes to equal representation, Australia still has a pretty bloody long way to go. Considering our First Nations people have been here for a whole lot longer than white folk, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of people of colour in popular media. From movies to breakfast panels and even stage shows, things are looking pretty … well, white. Stuff that! There’s a new crew in town set to shake up the game and shatter some cultural paradigms in the form of song, dance and straight-up activism. Coming to Brisbane Powerhouse from April 4–7, Hot Brown Honey will have you fist pumping, booty shakin’ and leaving feeling all kinds of empowered. more

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Let’s take it outside – Stone & Wood is throwing a huge backyard party this weekend
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Let’s take it outside – Stone & Wood is throwing a huge backyard party this weekend

Us Australians are well known for many things, but there are two particular qualities that we hold extremely high – we brew bloody good beer and we throw one hell of a party. The Byron Bay mavericks from Stone & Wood happen to be across both of these skills, and have teamed up with fellow legends Brewsvegas for a second year running to create a killer backyard bash. Held at the Old Museum on Saturday March 17, the party will combine tasty tipples, live tunes, mouth-watering eats and community atmosphere. more

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Keeping it street (food) – hip-hop and dumplings combine to stimulate your soul
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Keeping it street (food) – hip-hop and dumplings combine to stimulate your soul

Look, it’s common knowledge that both the Sydney and Brisbane nightlife scenes are copping a bit of a reputation as DOA – but this isn’t necessarily the case. Granted, there are some pretty silly laws in place at the moment, but our respective live music scenes are doing everything they can to keep the dream alive. One of the best ways to prove that we can still party is by throwing a party, and what better things to celebrate than music and food? On Thursday March 22, the legends at Stimulate your Soul will be taking it to the streets at Heya Bar for a night filled with two of the things closest to our hearts – dumplings and hip-hop. more

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Festival 2018 – the free arts and culture festival hitting Brisbane for the Commonwealth Games
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Festival 2018 – the free arts and culture festival hitting Brisbane for the Commonwealth Games

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might be aware that a little old event called the Commonwealth Games is happening really soon. If you’re a Brisbane dweller, you might be feeling a sense of FOMO creeping up on account of our southern neighbours on the Gold Coast getting all of the hosting glory. Fear not, friends – Brisbane is getting in on the action with a huge roster of events running parallel to the Games! Festival 2018 is coming to Brisbane from April 4–15 to connect Brisbane to the exciting happenings of GC2018 – all without having to leave the city. more

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Campfires, craft, karaoke and kayaking combine when Death Valley Fun Camp returns for its third year
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Campfires, craft, karaoke and kayaking combine when Death Valley Fun Camp returns for its third year

What do you get when you take all of the best things from school camp, minus the dodgy sloppy food and awkward guitar-playing PE teacher, and add tasty food and drink, killer music, fun workshops and a giant beach ball? You get Death Valley Fun Camp, that’s what. The brainchild of The Grates’ Patience Hodgson and John Patterson is back for another year promising to be more rad than ever … and The Weekend Edition is partnering with them to make someone’s weekend extra, extra special. more

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Live and loud – Gathering shines a light on Brisbane's unique Indigenous voices
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Live and loud – Gathering shines a light on Brisbane’s unique Indigenous voices

Brisbane, we know you guys love a free concert – after all, you went a little bit loopy when we let you know about The Sound Society. If you love yourself some live tunes, we have another treat that is bound to excite you. Gathering is a unique Indigenous performance program unlike anything else in the country. The free program is on every Wednesday in the Queen Street Mall from 12:00–1:00 pm, bringing three talented acts to centre stage for your entertainment during March. more

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Giddy up and get down – this race day is getting some seriously slick RnB flavour
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Giddy up and get down – this race day is getting some seriously slick RnB flavour

When you imagine a day at the races, your first thought probably isn’t getting low to some Mary J. Blige while the champions speed around the track. Wouldn’t it be fun, though? If this scenario sounds like your idea of a summer day well spent, we have some news that is bound to get you excited – the awesome combination of horses and hip-hop are about to be fused together for one magical occasion. Marking the first raceday of the club’s season, Tattersall’s RnB Race Day is landing at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday March 3 to heat up the track in more ways than one. more

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Live, local and laid back – The Sound Society brings free outdoor concerts to Brisbane
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Live, local and laid back – The Sound Society brings free outdoor concerts to Brisbane

When it comes to ways to spend your weekend, we find it hard-pressed to think of anything more dreamy than lounging in a lush park with your nearest and dearest to a soundtrack of live tunes (with snacks, of course). If this sounds like your idea of a good time, we have some news that is bound to excite you! When March Rolls around, both the South Bank Parklands and the Roma Street Parkland will play host to a series of pop-up concerts on the first weekend of every month – welcome to The Sound Society. The best part? You don’t have to spend a cent. more

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Wish granted – Disney’s Aladdin: the Musical is finally here!
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Wish granted – Disney’s Aladdin: the Musical is finally here!

Real talk – regardless of your Disney fanatic status, if you haven’t seen the 1992 animated classic Aladdin you simply have not lived. It’s your classic feel-good formula of good guys and bad guys, moral conflict, dazzling romance and a hefty dose of comedy. Honestly, what’s not to love? Good news, folks – this legendary tale has been transformed for the stage and its flying on a magic carpet straight to Brisbane! From February 20, QPAC will turn into a cave of wonders for Disney’s Aladdin: The Musical – and it’s everything we could have wished for. more

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Sizzle, spark and spice – where to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Brisbane
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Sizzle, spark and spice – where to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Brisbane

One of the best parts of living in Australia is the huge mix of cultures that we have going on here. Many other countries have brought their customs and celebrations to our shores, giving us even more reasons to learn about and appreciate our global community. One of the most significant events on the world calendar is Lunar New Year, a time when people from Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese backgrounds celebrate the lunar calendar ticking over into a new year. Come Friday February 16, we will officially welcome the Year of the Dog – here are the best places around Brisbane to celebrate! more

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Explore dumpling days, powder parties and cosplay culture during BrisAsia Festival
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Explore dumpling days, powder parties and cosplay culture during BrisAsia Festival

When it comes to cultural melting pots, they don’t get much bigger than Asia. This massive continent is home to some of the world’s most ancient civilisations, not to mention a large chunk of the population, so it makes sense that there are boundless cultural influences. From the climate to the cuisine, there are huge variations across the many countries that call Asia home – and that’s what makes it so exciting to explore. From February 10 to March 4, our city will come alive with the sights, sounds, tastes and experiences of Asia for the BrisAsia Festival. From cosplay to dumpling days and even live comedy, Brisbane is about to get a true taste of both traditional and contemporary Asian culture. more

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Introducing HOTA – the Gold Coast's new Home of the Arts
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Introducing HOTA – the Gold Coast’s new Home of the Arts

Brisbane, we'd like you to meet HOTA (Home of the Arts). It's possible you've actually met before – HOTA was formerly known as The Arts Centre Gold Coast and as of today (Tuesday February 6) will be officially named Home of the Arts. This is way more than just a shiny new name – the announcement also marks the unveiling of the cultural precinct's $37.5-million outdoor theatre, which is underscored by a spectacular program of events that will take the city's arts and culture scene to dizzying new heights. If it's been a while in between trips, it's high time you ventured down to check it out. more