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

This week welcomes another lifting of restrictions – yippee! The easing restrictions that form part of Stage Three will be brought forward to this Friday, which will see the 20-person limit be lifted at pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes – meaning it'll be easier than ever to visit our favourite dining destinations around Brisbane. So you know the best places to venture to and the most rad things to try out with your slightly upped sense of freedom, we've rounded up the best stuff happening in and around our city this weekend. From cheese-wheel pasta-making classes and at-home aperitivo hours to laneway markets and award-winning musicals, here's our pick of what to do this weekend. more

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Candy-coated musicals, froth-filled fests and queer flicks – the best events in Brisbane this March
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Candy-coated musicals, froth-filled fests and queer flicks – the best events in Brisbane this March

Another month, another bunch of awesome happenings to look forward to! Whether you're looking to chill out and listen to some live tunes at a backyard barbecue, bask in some toe-tapping theatre or immerse yourself in thought-provoking conversations on science and space, there's something for every leisure seeker on the calendar this month. We've put together a handy list of the coolest events happening in Brisbane this March, from science festivals full of wisdom and wonder to chocolate-covered musicals. more

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There is no mystery so great as misery – The Australian Ballet breathes new life into classic fable The Happy Prince
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There is no mystery so great as misery – The Australian Ballet breathes new life into classic fable The Happy Prince

Mixing playfulness and poetry with a side of pirouetting, The Happy Prince, is The Australian Ballet's take on the classic Oscar Wilde tale of the warm-hearted golden statue. The world premiere of this brand-new ballet by Australian Choreographer Graeme Murphy is coming to QPAC from 25 to 29 February and is set to capture the hearts of those with child-like imaginations with its magical story of love and sacrifice. more

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Acclaimed harpist Xavier de Maistre returns to serenade crowds with seductive symphonies in Vivaldi's Venice
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Acclaimed harpist Xavier de Maistre returns to serenade crowds with seductive symphonies in Vivaldi’s Venice

Internationally celebrated harpist and all-round breathtaking stage presence, Xavier de Maistre is returning to Brisbane to serenade crowds with a celestial soundtrack of seductive strings as part of his national tour with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Audiences will be taken on a musical journey along the bustling canals and renaissance palaces of the City of Bridges, as the master harpist takes a solo turn in Vivaldi’s Venice on Tuesday March 3. more

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Learn untold stories of heritage and history at La Boite's newest production The Neighbourhood
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Learn untold stories of heritage and history at La Boite’s newest production The Neighbourhood

We all know Brisbane is a melting pot of diverse cultural backgrounds and there's no better way to learn about different cultures than stopping and listening to stories from people who have made our beautiful country their home. This is exactly the idea behind The Neighbourhood, an intimate story-telling experience that transports the audience across countries and through time in search of a home (and community) – taking over La Boite's Roundhouse Theatre from February 8 to 29. more

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Goodbye for now, but not forever – Metro Arts bids farewell to its Edward Street home with two-week festival Metro Arts, with love
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Goodbye for now, but not forever – Metro Arts bids farewell to its Edward Street home with two-week festival Metro Arts, with love

Since news broke in December 2019 that the much-loved heritage-listed arts centre at 109 Edward Street had sold, we have been eagerly anticipating how Metro Arts will celebrate more than four decades of supporting and mentoring artists and their creative works. Set to go out with a bang, Metro Arts, with love is – as you probably rightly assumed – a love letter to the space as well as to the artists and audiences in the form of 12 days of performance, artworks and live music from February 1 to 15. more

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Cultural preservation starts with conversation – BrisAsia Talks dives into our city's cultural identity
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Cultural preservation starts with conversation – BrisAsia Talks dives into our city’s cultural identity

Back for its eighth year from February 1 to 29, BrisAsia Festival showcases the rich culture, traditions and an atmosphere that celebrates Brisbane’s cultural diversity. A massive part of the festival is creating conversation around Brisbane’s current and future culture and creativity. Enter BrisAsia Talks, an afternoon of chatting about everything from cultural preservation to spirituality and gaming culture. more


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Cirque du Soleil's Big Top returns to Brisbane with KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities
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Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top returns to Brisbane with KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities

Roll up, roll up – it's time to walk the tightrope to Cirque du Soleil's big top at Northshore Hamilton, as the largest contemporary circus producer in the world is back in Brisbane with its newest show-stopping spectacle. Cirque du Soleil’s 35th production since 1984, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities is set to wow audiences with weird and wonderful acrobatics teamed with hilarious carnival comedy from Friday January 10 to Sunday February 23. more

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Mark your calendar – five unmissable events for 2020
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Mark your calendar – five unmissable events for 2020

From sun-soaked music festivals to stage shows straight from Broadway, 2019 brought us a unique array of impressive events which dazzled and delighted the senses. As we near closer to the festive extravaganza that is New Year's, we become more and more curious for what the roaring twenties will bring. With a new decade comes a new calendar full of key events, so we've collated five exciting happenings in 2020 that are worthy of a save the date. more

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Christmas in Brisbane brings magic, wonder and free fun this festive season
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Christmas in Brisbane brings magic, wonder and free fun this festive season

The tinsel is out of storage, the ornaments are polished and the oven is prepped at a perfect pavlova-cooking temperature – we think it’s safe to say that the festive season has well and truly arrived! Christmas in Brisbane is truly a magical time where our city comes alive to celebrate in a uniquely Australian way – after all, who needs snow when you have sand? From enchanted gardens to festive beats, we’ve found the best things happening during Christmas in Brisbane across The City, South Bank and Roma Street Parkland. more

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2020 vision – La Boite Theatre reveals its fearless and provocative season program for next year
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2020 vision – La Boite Theatre reveals its fearless and provocative season program for next year

Let’s be honest – 95 years is a bloody long time to be doing anything, let alone in the often-fickle and ever-changing arts scene. The local legends at La Boite Theatre have been champions of fearless and unforgettable storytelling for almost a century, and throughout that time have managed to represent the adventurous and alternative while always keeping things fresh. Coming into 2020, you’d best believe that this team of creative wizards has pulled out all the stops to assemble a program that kicks serious ass – including two world premieres, one Australian premiere and the return of a family favourite. more

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Weird, wild, wonderful – Wonderland Festival returns to reveal all this summer
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Weird, wild, wonderful – Wonderland Festival returns to reveal all this summer

The weather is warming and the days are lengthening. A palpable energy is returning to our city streets as we work our way into spring, which will soon fold to the most victorious season of the year – summer. Hot days and nights heaving with fun, this is the time for a little self-indulgent celebration after another year spent steeped in deep devotion to the daily grind and responsibility. As always, we are here to help you in these pleasurable pursuits, bringing you a little suggested hedonism to pop in your end-of-year celebratory calendar. more

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A mammoth milestone and the theatrical event of the year – Queensland Theatre's 2020 Season has been announced
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A mammoth milestone and the theatrical event of the year – Queensland Theatre’s 2020 Season has been announced

It's the 1980s in a housing estate on the outskirts of Brisbane. A young boy and his mute brother are soon to be erroneously inducted into a complicated world of drugs, crime and domestic violence. Their mum is about to end up in Brisbane's infamous Boggo Road Gaol, and they will be sent to live with their estranged alcoholic father thereafter. This is the story described by award-winning journalist-turned-novelist Trent Dalton in his debut book, Boy Swallows Universe. It is also the story that is about to have its own stage adaptation, having just been announced as the theatrical event of the coming Queensland Theatre 2020 Season.  more

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Paris, comparison and middle-class crime – Queensland Theatre debuts razor-sharp comedy L’Appartement
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Paris, comparison and middle-class crime – Queensland Theatre debuts razor-sharp comedy L’Appartement

There’s an old saying about comparison being the thief of joy, and it seems that expression has never been more accurate than in our current age of social media. Even the most confident amongst us would struggle to be immune to the jealousy pangs that occur when you come across someone so achingly cool/smart/successful that they make you feel like a total dud in comparison – it’s just how we’re wired. Joanna Murray-Smith has turned this age-old predicament into a razor-sharp comedy for Queensland Theatre, debuting L’Appartement at QPAC from August 3. more

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Parties, provocation and pure passion – Brisbane Festival unveils its whopping 2019 program
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Parties, provocation and pure passion – Brisbane Festival unveils its whopping 2019 program

September in Brisbane is a seriously magical time – we’re in the heart of springtime, spirits are high, and the city becomes home to one of our most beloved annual rituals. That’s right – Brisbane Festival is returning from September 5–28 and bringing with it a whole host of jaw-dropping entertainment. We’ve been keeping you posted on some juicy announcements as they come through, but the full program has finally made its way out into the world – and we’ve gotta tell you, it’s well worth getting excited about. more

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All that glitters is gorgeous – our top five unmissable events at MELT Festival this year
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All that glitters is gorgeous – our top five unmissable events at MELT Festival this year

Brisbane, the most fabulous time of the year is almost upon us. Dust off your sequins, bust out the rhinestones and take the feather boa out of storage – MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture is back with so much more than a bang, baby! Returning to its spiritual home of the Brisbane Powerhouse from June 28 to July 7, this iconic festival shines a spotlight on what are historically some of the world’s most amazing but marginalised communities, all while celebrating them in every iteration. From filthy-gorgeous cabaret to insightful conversations and high drag, we’ve picked five events at this year’s MELT that you cannot miss. more

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Shakespeare gets a shake-up with La Boite’s modern reimagination of Romeo and Juliet
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Shakespeare gets a shake-up with La Boite’s modern reimagination of Romeo and Juliet

“Two households, both alike in dignity …” It’s one of the most famous plays in history, subject to countless rewrites, reinterpretations and creative liberties – so how exactly do you do Romeo and Juliet justice? Shakespeare’s epic story that follows two families at war and two teenagers in love has been given a fresh contemporary edit thanks to the brilliant minds at La Boite Theatre, resulting in a razor-sharp adaptation for the modern age. Running at the Roundhouse Theatre from May 25 to June 16, this bold undertaking is a physical, visceral and accessible take on a true classic. more