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

In the wise words of Nelly, it's getting hot in here and even though it's not officially summer yet, it sure as hell feels like it with all of the amazing events happening across this fine city of ours! From boozy first birthday parties, saucy NSFW shows and fanciful feasts to gigs galore, we've round-up some of the city's top happenings from November 21–24. more

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Murderous musicals, sexy festivals and Bris-triv – the best events in Brisbane this November
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Murderous musicals, sexy festivals and Bris-triv – the best events in Brisbane this November

Holy Moses, folks – in true blink-and-you’ll-miss-it fashion, this year seems to have come and gone faster than a one-legged man in a kicking contest. We’re just about to tick over into another month and ramp up the pre-Christmas preparations, but don’t let the impending festive season stop you from sussing out all of the non-tinselled fun that our city has on offer this month. From murderous musicals to sexy festivals and even some Bris-centric trivia, here are some unmissable events happening in Brisbane this November. 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

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Throw your horns up – School of Rock brings its musical mayhem to Brisbane for the first time
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Throw your horns up – School of Rock brings its musical mayhem to Brisbane for the first time

Let’s be honest – even if you’re not the most musically talented individual, most of us at some point have dreamed of living the rockstar life. Touring the world, legions of adoring fans and looking like a badass all in the name of your job sounds like a pretty sweet gig, right? Well in the immortal words of AC/DC, it turns out that it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock’n’roll – and sometimes you need to enlist the help of a few pint-sized pals to help you on your way. If you’ve ever caught yourself fantasising about a life on the stage, listen up – School of Rock is hitting QPAC from July 12 with a tidal wave of humour, cheek and true rock’n’roll soul. more

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The Book of Mormon is coming … and you could see it for just $20
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The Book of Mormon is coming … and you could see it for just $20

We’re not going to beat around the bush – the hype around The Book of Mormon is very real right now. In case you’ve missed the billboards, bus ads and every second friend of yours who has already snapped up tickets to the mega-popular musical advising you to do the same, it is landing at QPAC from Saturday March 16. If you’ve been waiting for a sign from some higher power that you need to go to the show, here it is – a special preview performance has just been announced for Friday March 15, with tickets going for a mere $20. This is not a drill and that is not a typo. more

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Single Asian Female returns to La Boite with a new dose of humour, heart and sass
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Single Asian Female returns to La Boite with a new dose of humour, heart and sass

We have a lot to thank La Boite Theatre for, but one of its best exports of late is undoubtedly the red-hot runaway success Single Asian Female. Michelle Law’s poignant, powerful and ultimately hilarious play struck a serious cord when it made its debut two years ago, and it shows no signs of slowing down. The sell-out sensation is coming back home for a second round, bringing its trademark humour, heart and even a surprise new star. more

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Death of a Salesman finds renewed relevance with a poignant, star-studded revival
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Death of a Salesman finds renewed relevance with a poignant, star-studded revival

To earn the title of a classic is no mean feat, but Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman has managed to retain this status since its release in 1949. The iconic story is a perfect reflection of the time in which it was written, but also manages to stand up today as a heavily relatable story – the themes have proven to remain timeless (which is pretty grim, but that’s the reality of it). A brand-new iteration of the award-winning story is set to open Queensland Theatre’s massive 2019 season – and this is one version you won’t want to miss. more

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Save the date: five events we’re looking forward to in 2019
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Save the date: five events we’re looking forward to in 2019

Real talk – while 2018 may have been a great year for Brisbane, we’re even more excited for what 2019 is going to bring. Our cultural sphere just keeps getting better, with a host of local and international events taking place right here in our city. We’ve picked five killer events happening post-New Year that you should get tickets to before they disappear, lest you risk falling victim to some serious FOMO. more

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Oh, what a night – the Jersey Boys are back in town
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Oh, what a night – the Jersey Boys are back in town

Hot damn, we love a good rags to riches story that also happens to be true – and they don’t come much better than that of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It’s a classic tale of four blue-collar boys with rough backgrounds that go from zero to hero at a skyrocketing pace. The self-made stars did things their way – they wrote their own songs, created their own sound and changed the face of music as it is today (all before hitting 30 years of age, mind you). Their story has been adapted for the stage with thrilling success – Jersey Boys hits QPAC from January 2, 2019 and you’d better believe it lives up to the hype. more

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shake & stir theatre co. gives this Christmas classic a surprising new life
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shake & stir theatre co. gives this Christmas classic a surprising new life

Through its various adaptations, most of us are at least vaguely familiar with the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. The age-old story of compassion, forgiveness and redemption has been given countless reboots since it first arrived on the scene back in 1843, so you might think that an original take at this point would be impossible. Remarkably, this is not the case – the maverick renegades at shake & stir theatre co. have given the tale their distinctive touch to create a new classic. more

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Have your mind melted with magic performed by The Illusionists: Direct From Broadway
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Have your mind melted with magic performed by The Illusionists: Direct From Broadway

When it’s done well, magic has the uncanny ability to turn even the most practical and sensible adults in the room into wide-eyed kids again. The older we get, truly eye-popping moments that make us think, “How the heck did they manage to do that?” are hard to come by – but The Illusionists: Direct From Broadway delivers these shockwaves in spades. Returning to QPAC for a strictly limited season from January 9, this band of world-class magicians will leave you with your jaw on the floor. more

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Wonderland Festival is bringing us into summer with a carnival of circus, sizzle and sex appeal
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Wonderland Festival is bringing us into summer with a carnival of circus, sizzle and sex appeal

Can you feel that, Brisbane? The humidity is rising, we’re dabbing feverishly at our brows and fanning our chests in pure anticipation. No, it’s not a traditional summer heatwave headed our way – the sexy, salacious and unashamedly bold Wonderland Festival is tumbling back into town! Set to unleash on its home of the Brisbane Powerhouse from November 22, the annual cocktail of comedy, cabaret, circus and all things sexy is set to get temperatures soaring. more