Theatre
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

Dance
Queensland Ballet brings back a classic with its stunning season of Romeo & Juliet
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Queensland Ballet brings back a classic with its stunning season of Romeo & Juliet

“Two households, both alike in dignity …” It’s one of the oldest and most tragic love stories of all time, and has been privy to countless interpretations across all artistic mediums – we’re talking, of course, about Shakespeare’s ever-enduring Romeo & Juliet. The beauty, drama and sheer theatricality of The Bard’s most popular tale still resonate with audiences the world over, particularly in the realm of dance. Returning from a sold-out 2014 season and in feverish demand, Queensland Ballet is treating audiences once more to the true treat that is Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet, coming to QPAC from August 28. more

Food
The Brisbane BBQ Festival returns to celebrate all thing searing, smoking and sizzling
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The Brisbane BBQ Festival returns to celebrate all thing searing, smoking and sizzling

What do eye-watering shiny glazes, the crisp sound of crackling , the heady aroma of smoke filling the air and the feeling of juice dripping down your fingers have in common? You can find them all in the same place – The Brisbane BBQ Festival. Returning to the sporting fields at Victoria Park on the July 27–28 weekend for two days of all-out carnivorous feasting, this annual affair is set to get people drooling. more

Exhibitions
GOMA heats up with its scorching homegrown Winter Up Late program
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GOMA heats up with its scorching homegrown Winter Up Late program

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (we hope it’s cosy down there), you’re probably aware that GOMA has been overtaken by a number of absolutely jaw-dropping exhibitions and installations. As well as the dual efforts of national treasures Margaret Olley and Ben Quilty adorning the gallery walls at the moment, the building’s façade is permanently bathed in the evening light of James Turrell’s epic Night Life installation. To celebrate this trio of talent, GOMA has curated a killer Winter Up Late line-up for every Friday night in August – so if you like your music loud and your art after hours, you’ll want to read on … more

Food
Kickstart your heart – a specialty laneway coffee festival is coming to The Valley
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Kickstart your heart – a specialty laneway coffee festival is coming to The Valley

Somewhere along the line, coffee went from being a humble (albeit tasty) bean juice and evolved into a full-blown subculture. Brisbane has taken a firm grasp on the coffee-as-a-hobby phenomenon, fostering a caffeine culture that rivals its southern brethren. If you take your java seriously – or even if you just appreciate a good brew – there is a rad festival coming our way to celebrate all things to do with the good bean. The Lanes Coffee Festival is taking over Fortitude Valley’s three famous laneways on Saturday July 27, bringing a swag of experts together to enjoy, educate and discover. more

Community
Alice Nightingale | The Locals Panel Series | The Weekend Edition
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Sustainability and style – The Locals Panel Series talks fashionable forward thinking

In May, some of Brisbane’s finest culinary minds dispensed their foodie wisdom. In June, a panel of awe-inspiring artisans delved into the inner-workings of the design world. This month, some of our city’s sharpest sartorial figures will gather to talk about the current state of style – from giving fast fashion the flick to making a sustainable statement. On Wednesday July 24, The Locals Panel Series gets suited and booted for a forum on fashion, featuring conversation between beloved designers, stylists and members of the fashion media. more

Food
From winter feasts to mega markets – our must-dos at James Street Food and Wine Trail
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From winter feasts to mega markets – our must-dos at James Street Food and Wine Trail

There’s a damn good reason that people love James Street – from the amazing sartorial selection to the unbeatable atmosphere, the designer precinct offers a range of luxury unlike anywhere else. As much as we love swanning around enjoying the amazing shopping on offer, the dining scene on James Street holds just as much of a place in our hearts – which is why every year we eagerly await the James Street Food and Wine Trail. Running from July 25–28, the annual event is back bigger and better than ever – so we thought we’d give you a taste with some must-do events throughout the festival. more

Literature
Inspired and inspiring – Brisbane Writers Festival has dropped its star-studded 2019 line-up
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Inspired and inspiring – Brisbane Writers Festival has dropped its star-studded 2019 line-up

Lovers of literature, poetry and all things to do with the written word, listen up – the Brisbane Writers Festival is back for another year, and you’d best believe that its program packs a serious punch. From September 5–8, the State Library of Queensland and our city as a whole will play host to some of the world’s most creative, inspiring and gifted thinkers – and this year, the program will shine a special spotlight on the traditional storytellers of Australian land. more


Food
Foodies, families and friend hangs – how to do Regional Flavours your way
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Foodies, families and friend hangs – how to do Regional Flavours your way

The air is crisp, the produce is fresh and our stomachs are growling in anticipation – yep, it’s time to welcome the return of Regional Flavours Presented by The Courier-Mail! The massive celebration of Queensland’s natural bounty is returning to South Bank from July 20–21, bringing a line-up of eats and entertainment that is as delicious as it is diverse. With so much going on, it can be hard to navigate to the bits of the festival that interest you the most – but we’ve got your back. Whether you’re chasing cheap eats or just want to keep your little ones busy, we’ve broken down the Regional Flavours offering so you can do it your way. more

Comedy
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

Exhibitions
Catch the most captivating snaps from around the globe at the World Press Photo Exhibition
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Catch the most captivating snaps from around the globe at the World Press Photo Exhibition

In the age of the internet and limited attention spans, it speaks volumes when something is able to stop us in our tracks and make us think, wonder or simply admire. Even in this brave new world, the World Press Photo Exhibition has remained an event capable of making millions of people from all corners of the globe pause for a moment to observe and consider slices of history presented in powerful images. The worldwide exhibition is setting up at Brisbane Powerhouse from July 12 to August 4, bringing a host of photographs that are guaranteed to engage and inspire. more

Venue
Let the good times roll – W Brisbane turns one and you get all the presents
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Let the good times roll – W Brisbane turns one and you get all the presents

Since the moment it opened its doors in June last year, W Brisbane cemented itself as one of our city’s most opulent destinations – after all, it is the first five-star hotel that we’ve seen in 20-odd years or so. From the chic-yet-quirky fit-out through to the food and straight-up baller amenities, everything about the space shares a Bris-centric thread while elevating our city’s status to a giddy new height. If you’ve been hanging out for a taste of that luxe life but weren’t ready to drop the coin, let us convince you – to celebrate its first year in operation, W Brisbane is letting the good times roll with a seriously sweet birthday package. more

Food
Regional Flavours is your personal passport to all things Queensland eats
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Regional Flavours is your personal passport to all things Queensland eats

Queenslanders have a whole lot to be proud of, but we would be lying if we said our food scene wasn’t the thing that gives us the most to brag about. After all, our unique (and very comfortable) climate yields some seriously amazing produce – not to mention the amazing makers, growers, farmers and chefs that we have working as a team to make Queensland’s culinary credentials top notch. Taking over the lush surrounds of the South Bank Parklands on the July 20–21 weekend, Regional Flavours presented by The Courier-Mail shines a bright light on Queensland’s abundant resources and those who bring them to our plates. more

Community
Travel back in time at this fun, free and family-friendly historian festival
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Travel back in time at this fun, free and family-friendly historian festival

As much as living in the current age has its perks, sometimes slowing down and looking to the pages of history can teach us a thing or two. From the way we played through to the music we enjoyed, it can be both fun and enlightening to look back on times gone by for entertainment, inspiration and good old-fashioned curiosity. The Young Historians Festival is a free event happening at Newstead House on Sunday July 7 as part of the Lord Mayor’s Children’s Concert Series, bringing a taste of the past to the current generation. more

Food
Paris without the plane fare – Le Festival brings a slice of authentic French culture to Brisbane
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Paris without the plane fare – Le Festival brings a slice of authentic French culture to Brisbane

There’s a reason that pretty much everyone on earth is obsessed with France – its rich cultural history and generally romantic aura definitely have us sold, not to mention that the food is next level. If you’re craving a true Parisian experience but can’t part with the plane fare, be sure to block out the July 5–7 weekend in your calendar because Le Festival is back! Taking over South Bank for three days of bliss, the annual Francophile gathering will combine authentic eats, entertainment and goodies to create a truly Euro-centric experience. more

Kids
The spectacular live show bringing Roald Dahl's kooky, creepy and crazy stories to the stage
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The spectacular live show bringing Roald Dahl’s kooky, creepy and crazy stories to the stage

There are some beloved fictional tales from history that most everyone is familiar with – no matter what generation you were raised in, names like The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk and Goldilocks are bound to ring a bell. These timeless stories all tend to follow a pretty stock-standard formula – think twee woodland creatures, magic spells and the all-important happy ending. One writer who liked to turn these tropes on their respective heads was Roald Dahl, the beloved children’s raconteur with a penchant for the delightful and disgusting. His famous Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts has been given the stage treatment, coming to La Boite Theatre from July 24–28 to make audiences of all ages squirm and squeal. more

Food
Night noods to bargain fine dining – Good Food Month kicks off its marathon of epicurean events
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Night noods to bargain fine dining – Good Food Month kicks off its marathon of epicurean events

Real talk – Brisbane has got it going on year-round when it comes to culinary prowess, but we’re certainly not ones to complain about a whole month dedicated to all things dining in our city. Throughout July, Brisbane is set to become a hotbed of all things eat and drink for the annual epicurean marathon that is Good Food Month, hosting a series of specially curated foodie events designed to make you drool. We already spilled the beans on the first announcement of the program back in May, so we thought we’d treat you to some other tasty titbits to get you excited for the month ahead. more

Music
Tim Rogers and his merry band of misfits create the live radio show you wish existed
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Tim Rogers and his merry band of misfits create the live radio show you wish existed

These days when you turn on your radio, odds are you will be greeted to the sounds of two men and a woman screeching at each other for half an hour about basically nothing – hosts who share the collective charisma of a slice of water dipped in bread, perhaps, punctuated by the same five songs on high rotation. Sounds … pretty crappy, to be honest. If the thought of tuning into the wireless leaves you cold, allow us to present you an alternative – the live, loopy and ever-evolving world of Tim Rogers’ analogue radio stage show Liquid Nights In Bohemia Heights coming to Brisbane Powerhouse for two nights of mayhem. more

Sport
From op-shoppers to sweet tooths – discover Brisbane’s best weekend cycling spots and trails
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From op-shoppers to sweet tooths – discover Brisbane’s best weekend cycling spots and trails

When it comes to places that boast a killer outdoor lifestyle, Brisbane is hard to beat. Our amazing climate, stunning riverside vistas and cool pockets of culture make it an ideal city to explore by bike – not to mention that ditching your car on occasion can really help the environment. If you’ve been seeking some inspo or motivation to get into cycling around our city, we’ve curated some easy bike trails based on specific areas of interest. Don’t have wheels of your own? No problem – the CityCycle network has got your back. With a whopping 150 stations boasting 2000 bikes between UQ St Lucia and Newstead, jumping on this program is a quick, easy and very affordable way to get around. Simply sign up to CityCycle and keep your journeys under 30 minutes to avoid usage fees. more