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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

Film
Catch wieners, women, Warhol and weirdos when the American Essentials Film Festival rolls into town
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Catch wieners, women, Warhol and weirdos when the American Essentials Film Festival rolls into town

You know how the old song goes – America, f*** yeah! Jokes aside, it’s hard to deny that the US of A is a very serious global leader on many fronts, particularly when it comes to culture. Like it or not, the American influence is everywhere – from the burger bar around the corner to our favourite shows on Netflix. So why not embrace it? The American Essentials Film Festival is coming to the Palace Centro Cinemas from May 17–28, bringing with it a swag of flicks that cover everything from body horror to the unifying power of sausage dogs. more

Dance
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

Food
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

Theatre
The Play That Goes Wrong brings slapstick and schadenfreude to the stage
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The Play That Goes Wrong brings slapstick and schadenfreude to the stage

Any time you’re having a bad day, you’ve probably shaken your fist at the sky and cursed Murphy’s Law – you know, the old adage claiming that anything that can go wrong will most definitely go wrong. All it takes is one piece of bad luck and suddenly your whole life feels like it’s spiralling out of control like a bad B-grade movie. Turning this pessimistic point of view into a riotous comedy might seem like a mammoth task, but that’s exactly what The Play That Goes Wrong does. Bursting onto the QPAC stage from May 4–14, this Olivier Award-winning piece of prime schadenfreude will leave you with tears (of laughter, not pity) running down your face. more

Community
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

Music
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


Dance
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

Community
Tinnies and two-up – where to commemorate ANZAC Day in Brisbane
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Tinnies and two-up – where to commemorate ANZAC Day in Brisbane

Whether it’s listening to the stirring tones of a bugler playing ‘The Last Post’ at dawn or knocking back a quiet cold one, there are many ways to commemorate the legacy of ANZAC Day. Falling on Tuesday April 25 this year, the public holiday does not fall into a long weekend, but there are still a number of venues putting on special events for the occasion. From two-up and tinnies to big bands and bikkies, we’ve tracked down the best places to pay your respects this ANZAC Day. more

Theatre
From sex shops to laundromats, find fun around every corner during the Anywhere Theatre Festival
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From sex shops to laundromats, find fun around every corner during the Anywhere Theatre Festival

You’re probably familiar with the sentiment that great things happen when you step outside of your comfort zone, but just how far are you willing to go? One event that has epitomised the concept of pushing boundaries is the Anywhere Theatre Festival, a smorgasbord of pop-up shows that take place in the nooks and crannies of Brisbane. From May 4–21, the festival will spread across 104 locations, each more surprising and unconventional than the last. The only rule? To perform anywhere but a theatre, or exhibit art anywhere but a gallery. more

Music
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

Theatre
Choose life: Trainspotting Live is here to trip you out
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Choose life: Trainspotting Live is here to trip you out

Adaptations can be very tricky territory, especially when the original source material is culturally iconic. Too many times our favourite books have been chewed up and spit out by bigwig producers, barely recognisable in their new form as films and plays – Trainspotting Live is not one of these instances. Based on Irvine Welsh’s era-defining novel about a band of drug-fuelled Scottish miscreants, this production comes to the Brisbane Powerhouse from April 19–22 along with a solid seal of approval from the author himself. more

Music
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

Dance
Experience the stunning secrets of a lost civilisation with Shen Yun
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Experience the stunning secrets of a lost civilisation with Shen Yun

There are few places on Earth with as rich a history as China – from its ancient architecture to the intricate cultural practices of its people, this country and its secrets continue to inspire and fascinate those who observe from the outside. You may not know it, but much of China’s traditional culture has been silenced since the Communist Party came into power – the government saw the arts as a threat to its position as leaders. Thankfully, there are artists out there who are passionate about restoring this culture. On April 14 and 15, you can witness the magic of Shen Yun at QPAC as they share their story through the power of dance. more

Film
The Gold Coast Film Festival is coming up with a new wave of entertainment
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The Gold Coast Film Festival is coming up with a new wave of entertainment

We may be buried down at the bottom of the globe but that certainly doesn’t mean that Australia misses out when it comes to culture. Some of the best film festivals in the world wash up on our sandy shores, however it is in our own backyard that the real magic happens. Returning to our southern neighbours, the Gold Coast Film Festival will be spreading its mammoth offering over various locations from April 19–30 – trust us when we say that this line-up is well worth a little roadtrip. more

Literature
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

Film
Surrender yourself to the sleek and sexy world of Film Noir
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Surrender yourself to the sleek and sexy world of Film Noir

Global conflict is a pretty awful thing, but there’s at least one small positive we can take away from it – it makes for some pretty spectacular art. Born as the product of the Great Depression and the disillusionment of the post-war era, the genre of film noir has remained one of the most enduring in the cinematic universe. After all, what’s not to love about femme fatales, private eyes and all of the neon? From March 31 to May 21, GOMA’s Cinémathèque will take on the moody and broody classics for Film Noir, a program that celebrates the darker side of life. more

Sport
Dive into five days of festival fun at the Australian Swimming Championships
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Dive into five days of festival fun at the Australian Swimming Championships

Us Aussies as a general population are pretty into our sports, both watching and participating. It makes sense seeing as we boast some of the best athletes in the world, and one of the places where we dominate hardest is in the pool. From April 9–13, we will have the chance to take our support from the couch to the lanes when the Australian Swimming Championships head to the Brisbane Aquatic Centre. It’s not just about the laps, either – this year the event is taking on a festival-style atmosphere with the opening of a brand-new Centre Lane entertainment precinct. more

Exhibitions
Life before selfies – get ready to feel some serious nostalgia pangs at Sit. Pose. Snap.
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Life before selfies – get ready to feel some serious nostalgia pangs at Sit. Pose. Snap.

Whether you love them or hate them, there’s no denying that we are living in the age of the selfie. It’s easy to forget that back in the day you couldn’t just snap a photo of your mug at any given time – portraits took time, thought and a lot more care than the mere click of a button. Sit. Pose. Snap. is an exhibition taking over the Museum of Brisbane from Friday March 24 to give us an inside look at the history of portrait photography in Brisbane, from haunting studio sessions to kitschy candid captures. more