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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

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Bands, bites, brews and block parties – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival goes back to its roots
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Bands, bites, brews and block parties – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival goes back to its roots

When it comes to Australian festivals, it takes a certain special recipe to thrive. We’ve seen many come and go over the years, falling victim to poor management, overproduction, price hikes and plain old dud line-ups, but one name has remained true and dear to our hearts since its inception back in 2005 – we’re talking St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, baby! Returning to the Brisbane Showgrounds on Saturday February 10, the festival favourite is bringing its signature blend of cutting-edge artists, indie ethos and block-party vibes. more

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Laid back local vibes abound for Australia Day at South Bank
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Laid back local vibes abound for Australia Day at South Bank

Let’s get right to the point – Australia is a really awesome place to live. We have an amazing climate (heatwaves notwithstanding), some of the most stunning scenery in the world, and a unique cultural tapestry that draws upon both our history and diversity. All of these elements combine to make our home something to be truly proud of – so why not take a day off to celebrate? On Friday January 26, South Bank’s Australia Day festivities will be in full swing with the fun and good vibes flowing in abundance. more

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Believe it – Cher to headline the 40th anniversary Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Party
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Believe it – Cher to headline the 40th anniversary Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Party

If we could turn back time, we would have loved to be present for the very first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 1978. In its 40-year history the rainbow celebration of all things LBGTQI has hosted an array of incredible acts and activists, including George Michael, Village People, Cyndi Lauper and Kylie Minogue, so it makes sense that it's 40th anniversary party be headlined by a true gay icon. Are you strong enough to handle this? You better believe it, the rumours are true – performing this year's Mardi Gras Party is the mononymous queen herself, Cher. more

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Chill out and cool down at GOMA's Summer Up Late
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Chill out and cool down at GOMA’s Summer Up Late

GOMA’s Up Late events need no introduction – if you’ve got yourself a ticket, you know you’re in for a good time. Next Friday January 19 the good times will be rolling in spades, when the Gallery hosts a special one-off Summer Up Late, featuring live music, sensory tours and so much more. more

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Party like it's the summer of ’69 when Bryan Adams hits Sandstone Point
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Party like it’s the summer of ’69 when Bryan Adams hits Sandstone Point

When we think of our ideal summer evening, there are too many tempting options to settle on just one. However lounging on a picnic rug by the water, hair tickled by the gentle summer breeze, glass of rosé in hand while Bryan Adams serenades us with ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’? That sits pretty close to the top. Lucky for us the Canadian ballad boss is offering that exact scenario at Sandstone Point Hotel next Tuesday January 9. more

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Save the date: five events we're looking forward to in 2018
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Save the date: five events we’re looking forward to in 2018

Adam Devine’s Weird Life Tour – Monday January 29 at The Tivoli When it was announced that U.S comedian Adam Devine would be coming to our shores in 2018, we practically wet our pants with excitement. Okay, so that may be a slight exaggeration, but we were genuinely really excited to hear that the stand-up comic and Workaholics genius would be bringing his mug to our shores for the first time. Adam is doing a one-off show of his Weird Life Tour, which critics have hailed as an absolute riot – trust us when we say you won’t want to miss this one. Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical – From February 20 at QPAC If merely reading the title of this event didn’t immediately fill you with a sense of overwhelming joy, it’s safe to say you were robbed of a childhood. Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical has got an all-star team behind it, bringing the iconic film to life on stage… more

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No need to take a chance – Mamma Mia! the musical is a sure bet
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No need to take a chance – Mamma Mia! the musical is a sure bet

Whether you love it or loathe it, the fact that ABBA is one of the world’s most enduring musical acts is undeniable. From sold-out halls to shopping malls and everywhere in between, the songs of the Swedish super troopers are bloody well everywhere – despite the fact that the group was at its peak back in the 70s. It makes sense that a stage musical based on the songs of ABBA would go absolutely gangbusters on account of it has all of the building blocks to be a hit – romance, heartbreak, pure joy and more than a dash of drama. The global phenomenon that is Mamma Mia! the musical is headed back to Brisbane, sweeping QPAC in a wave of pure pop brilliance from December 26 for a strictly limited season. more

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Jingle all the way to the ‘burbs – Christmas events happening around Brisbane
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Jingle all the way to the ‘burbs – Christmas events happening around Brisbane

Now that December has rolled around, our festive sensors have gone into maximum overdrive. The Myer Christmas windows are up, the giant tree in King George Square has been illuminated and we can hear carols around every corner we turn. Why should inner-city folk have all the fun? There are a number of awesome community Christmas events happening around Brisbane’s suburbs this year, so with some help from Brisbane City Council we’ve rounded up a few that you should pop on your list. more

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Add a touch of waterfront luxe to your festive season with A Sanctuary Cove Christmas
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Add a touch of waterfront luxe to your festive season with A Sanctuary Cove Christmas

When it comes to Christmas, Sanctuary Cove certainly doesn't do things by halves. The thriving precinct already has a reputation for throwing some sterling seasonal celebrations, so it comes as no surprise that the return of A Sanctuary Cove Christmas was something we keenly marked in our calendars. From Monday December 11 to Friday December 15, the luxury master-planned community will be overtaken with jolly vibes and loads of free family-friendly fun. more

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Interstate date – get a taste of Melbourne in Brisbane for one night only
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Interstate date – get a taste of Melbourne in Brisbane for one night only

There’s a reason that so many of us Brisbane folk have a big ol’ raging crush on Melbourne – it’s just a really bloody awesome city. Whilst we will always have love for the sunshine state, it doesn’t stop us from drooling over the art, music and food from Victoria’s proud capital. If it’s been a while since your last interstate sojourn, we have some exciting news for you – Melbourne is coming to us! On Wednesday November 29, Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall will be transformed into a micro-version of our coolest southern sibling for Melbourne After Dark. more