Food
Swine, steins and schnitties – where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Brisbane
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Swine, steins and schnitties – where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Brisbane

If you’ve noticed a sudden spike in the amount of people getting around in dirndls and lederhosen, we can assure you it’s not something in the water – it’s Oktoberfest season, baby! Despite the fact that we are nowhere near Germany, us Australians love to get amongst the spirit of the traditional European holiday – hey, if there’s beer, pretzels and schnitzels involved, we’re all in! We’ve scouted around to find the best Oktoberfest celebrations happening in Brisbane this year, so raise your stein and get ready to party. more

Music
Let’s get weird – The Flaming Lips bring iconic album The Soft Bulletin to the stage for one night only
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Let’s get weird – The Flaming Lips bring iconic album The Soft Bulletin to the stage for one night only

The word ‘prolific’ can tend to get thrown around when it comes to musical output, but one band that has truly earned this adjective is The Flaming Lips. From humble beginnings in Oklahoma way back in 1983, the band has continued to shock, surprise and innovate over the course of its 36-year tenure in the often-fickle music scene. Amongst The Flaming Lips’ wildly experimental (yet always entertaining) catalogue lies The Soft Bulletin, the band’s beloved 1999 album that saw them break through to a whole new audience. To celebrate the album’s 20th birthday, The Flaming Lips are coming to The Fortitude Music Hall to play a one-off show on Saturday September 28 – and you’re going to want to be there. more

Kids
Let your littles get hands-on with Island Fashion at QAGOMA
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Let your littles get hands-on with Island Fashion at QAGOMA

If you are a parent or a carer, you understand all too well how challenging it can be to constantly find activities to entertain and stimulate small people with even smaller attention spans. Well, we hear you. Allow us to introduce you to the Island Fashion installation at the Children's Art Centre at QAGOMA. more

Literature
Last-minute literature – the must-see Brisbane Writers Festival events you can still get tickets to
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Last-minute literature – the must-see Brisbane Writers Festival events you can still get tickets to

Calling all movers, shakers, thinkers and lit-lovers – the Brisbane Writers Festival is rolling into town with a huge line-up of guests and activities that will make your brain melt and your heart sing! Some of the world’s most brilliant minds will be congregating to share their wisdom, but don’t fret if you haven’t snapped up tickets just yet – we’ve whipped up a little list of amazing events that still have some spots available. more

Food
Brisbane’s bug and oyster trail returns with Sea to the City this spring
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Brisbane’s bug and oyster trail returns with Sea to the City this spring

It's an absolute delight isn't it, living in a city nestled on the shores of the sea. The bayside only a short drive out of the CBD, trips to the islands in the summertime, and of course, a trawl of the freshest seafood readily available for any ocean-specific food cravings. We don't take our seaside locale for granted for many reasons, least of all for its many culinary gifts, which is why Brisbane City is getting another pop-up dining trail celebrating two of the most delicious things to be hauled from the watery depths – bugs and oysters! more

Theatre
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

Exhibitions
Celebrate the life and work of Jon Molvig at QAGOMA
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Celebrate the life and work of Jon Molvig at QAGOMA

Described as colourful, outspoken and rebellious, Jon Molvig was an artist with an extraordinary vision. His work dominated the city's art scene in the late 1960s and inspired a generation of artists. Now, almost 50 years after his passing, QAGOMA has unveiled its latest exhibition paying tribute to the prolific expressionist painter. more


Community
Inclusivity icon Sinéad Burke announces her first Australian visit for RESORT
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Inclusivity icon Sinéad Burke announces her first Australian visit for RESORT

Attention all trendsetters and trailblazers – James Street RESORT, one of Brisbane's most anticipated celebrations of cutting-edge culture, is set to return on October 10–12. The team behind the annual event series has revealed the first of its esteemed guests, announcing that disability advocate and activist Sinéad Burke will make her first (and only) Australian appearance at RESORT this year. more

Theatre
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

Music
The ultimate Easter treat – Bluesfest announces its first crop of 2020 artists
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The ultimate Easter treat – Bluesfest announces its first crop of 2020 artists

For some people, Easter is all about chocolate eggs and hot cross buns. For others, the April long weekend heralds one of our country’s greatest musical gatherings – we’re talking Byron Bay Bluesfest, baby! Good news for those who have been hanging out to see who will be gracing the stage in 2020 – the first announcement for the five-day affair has just dropped, and you’d best believe it’s worth saving the date for. more

Exhibitions
The Museum of Brisbane delivers an exhibition to your ears with High Rotation
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The Museum of Brisbane delivers an exhibition to your ears with High Rotation

For Brisbane locals, the cultural feats of our humble riverside city have always been aplenty, and we have spent decades dedicated to establishing ourselves as a capital with just as much cultural sway as the nation’s other heavyweights. This is especially true of Brisbane’s burgeoning music scene, which has kicked, screamed and shouted its way into popularity - from the local scene we know and love - through to national and international hearts and stages. There are many musical sons and daughters birthed from the shores and streets of Brisbane to be proud of - and thanks to the Museum of Brisbane, we now have the chance to celebrate them. more

Film
Brisbane International Film Festival makes a world-class return
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Brisbane International Film Festival makes a world-class return

Cinephiles, one of the most exciting events on our calendar is almost upon us once more – the annual Brisbane International Film Festival is back in town, baby! Our city’s flagship film festival is returning to its (very apt) home QAGOMA, setting up shop from October 3–13 and bringing a huge roster of inspiring entertainment our way. more

Brisbane Festival
Flaming gardens, mind-bending mazes and more – our guide to Brisbane Festival 2019
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Flaming gardens, mind-bending mazes and more – our guide to Brisbane Festival 2019

Folks, we weren’t joking when we told you that this year’s Brisbane Festival is an absolute showstopper. The annual outing brings an extra explosion of colour and life to our city, spreading a program of world-class entertainment through the streets for three glorious weeks. Whether it’s visionary installations, racy cabaret or international musical superstars you’re after, this year’s Brisbane Festival has got you covered – we’ve had a look through the program and sorted it into handy sections depending on what you love. Block out September 5–28 in your diary because you’re going to be very busy. more

Community
What’s on this Ekka eve and public holiday
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What’s on this Ekka eve and public holiday

There are so many things to love about the Ekka – the food, the animals and the rides are right up there, but it’s the public holiday that we’re most grateful for. If you’re not up for braving the crowds at the showgrounds on Wednesday August 14, we’ve whipped up a little list of things that are happening around town on the public holiday and the night before – you get a sleep-in, after all … more

Fashion
Thrift finds and sustainable scores abound at this year's Revive
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Thrift finds and sustainable scores abound at this year’s Revive

We've all been victims of the fast fashion cycle - that dangerous ritual of constant consumption, whereby we think we need to buy the latest item on the retail rack every other week. And it's not just our finances that feel the sting from this - when we get sick of those over-worn threads, they tend to get discarded and, eventually, end up in landfill. Thankfully, those interested in breaking the cycle and finding redemption for their fast-fashion crimes are invited to atone at the fourth-annual pop-up Revive Second-Hand Fashion Festival.  more

Community
The Locals Panel Series returns to examine food choices and eco eating
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The Locals Panel Series returns to examine food choices and eco eating

A few short months back, Brisbane's dining scene was put under the spotlight as a panel of our city's culinary best dissected everything from review aggregators to the future of fine dining. June saw a collection of Brisbane-based designers gather to go into detail about how they built a sustainable business on their terms. Last month, several forward-thinkers dug deep into the world of slow fashion and sustainable style. On Wednesday August 28, The Locals Panel Series returns for the fourth and final event of 2019. This time, we're double dipping back into the realm of food, pivoting our point of focus to shine a light on the environmental impact of our food choices and how we can eat healthier, smarter and more sustainably. more

Community
The Ekka returns with strawberry sundaes, dagwood dogs and all of the agriculture
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The Ekka returns with strawberry sundaes, dagwood dogs and all of the agriculture

The great state of Queensland quite simply has loads of things to be proud of. XXXX Beer, Savage Garden, the Story Bridge and Bundaberg Rum have all earned us some serious bragging rights, but there is one thing that makes our hearts swell with pride for the rich culture we have cultivated – the Royal Queensland Show (or the Ekka, as its more affectionately known). This year the show steamrolls ahead into its 142nd year (seriously, the only thing that’s stopped it since its inception have been the Spanish influenza and World War II), returning to its home turf of the Brisbane Showgrounds to celebrate the best of Queensland. more