Community
Get in touch with the natural side of life at Parks Alive
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Get in touch with the natural side of life at Parks Alive

Here in Brisbane, you would be forgiven for taking the abundant natural beauty for granted. One of the crowning jewels in our lush landscape is the Roma Street Parkland – home to many a beautiful flower, the shadiest trees, the softest grass and an all-around wholesome place to spend time. Whether you’re tossing a football around, nibbling on a picnic or just kicking back, it’s easy to forget that the Parkland isn’t just some effortlessly occurring paradise – turns out a heck of a lot of hard work goes into keeping the place looking ace. Parks Alive is returning to Roma Street Parkland on August 5 and 6 to shine a light on all of the behind-the-scenes action, as well as showing us how to make the best of our enviable environment. more

Community
Festival of Lights set to illuminate Westfield Chermside with art and entertainment
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Festival of Lights set to illuminate Westfield Chermside with art and entertainment

Unless you’ve been living under a particularly large rock, you may have noticed that Westfield Chermside has been doing some pretty cool stuff lately. Between bringing us some of the most hotly anticipated food openings and fashion retailers in Brisbane, you’d think that they might be ready to give it a rest for a second – no way, pal. The foodie and lifestyle hub has managed to keep the hype train well and truly running – taking place from Thursday August 3 to Saturday August 5, the Festival of Lights is set to illuminate Westfield Chermside with some seriously stunning visuals and entertainment. more

Food
Feast and frolic for four days when the James Street Food & Wine Trail returns
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Feast and frolic for four days when the James Street Food & Wine Trail returns

The only thing more exciting than an adventure is an adventure involving food. What’s not to love about grabbing a map, assembling a crew and setting off to distant lands in search of treasure? When you sub out gold and loot for delicious eats, and distant lands for one of Brisbane’s favourite foodie precincts, you get the James Street Food & Wine Trail. This beloved culinary escapade returns from July 27–30 for its sixth incarnation, providing a four-day tasting plate of the best brews and chews from the iconic strip. more

Exhibitions
The Good Room takes it to the streets with two ephemeral art activations
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The Good Room takes it to the streets with two ephemeral art activations

In the words of one Ferris Bueller, life moves pretty fast. We’re living in a time in history where we have so much access to information and the world around us, yet we are becoming increasingly disconnected. There seems to be precious little that can drag us away from our screens and into the moment – heck, how many times have you been ploughed into by someone who was text-walking? It really pays to take a moment to stop, look around and think – you might be surprised by what you see. This is the premise of a brand-new project from groundbreaking contemporary collective The Good Room, which sees Jacob’s Ladder and the Metro Arts laneway come alive with world-class art pop-ups that provide much more than just something awesome to look at. more

Music
Experience the pure passion of performance when Dmitry Sinkovsky’s Singing Violin sets the stage ablaze
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Experience the pure passion of performance when Dmitry Sinkovsky’s Singing Violin sets the stage ablaze

Some people have the certain skill of being able to command a room with their talent – this in itself is no easy feat. Of these special people, there are a rare sub-breed possessing an air and energy that simply swallows everything around them, taking those in the vicinity on a journey to another world. One of these people is the incomparable Dmitry Sinkovsky, a baroque music star shining bright on the classical landscape. Audiences will be treated to a performance like no other on Tuesday August 8 when Dmitry whips the QPAC Concert Hall into a frenzy for The Singing Violin, his one-night-only stop on a national tour with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. more

Music
Try and understand it – You’re the Voice makes noise for a cause
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Try and understand it – You’re the Voice makes noise for a cause

Even the most powerful movements in the world often start with a single voice. Sometimes all it takes is the courage of an individual to stand up to injustice and eventually the tide can turn as a chorus of others join in and speak up. The louder the call gets, the harder it is to ignore – this is the principle for You’re the Voice. Running as part of the Queensland Music Festival, this unique project will culminate at the South Bank Piazza on Saturday July 29 to shine a light on domestic and family violence. more

Food
Grape expectations – Winter Wine at Sanctuary Cove is set to be the toast of the season
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Grape expectations – Winter Wine at Sanctuary Cove is set to be the toast of the season

As much as we are willing to advocate wine at any time of the year, we must admit that it really comes into its own as the temperature drops. Whether it’s white, red or sparkling, everyone’s favourite fermented grape beverage becomes that much easier to appreciate with the added comfort of a crackling fire and a cosy jacket. No offence to summer, but sippin’ on a glass of shiraz when it’s 30 degrees outside just doesn’t have the same effect. This is where Winter Wine comes in – taking over Sanctuary Cove on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July, the festival celebrates all things to do with the wide world of wine. more

Theatre
A Whitney-worthy stage adaptation of The Bodyguard has landed in Brisbane
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A Whitney-worthy stage adaptation of The Bodyguard has landed in Brisbane

How do you know when a movie has hit truly iconic status? Sometimes it’s when it cops more spoofs and parodies than you can ever keep track of. Other times, thirsty producers will milk it for all its worth and pump out several useless sequels with a dubious B-list cast that would make Paris Hilton cringe. However, the true hallmark of a film’s legendary status is when it gets turned into a bona-fide worldwide smash hit musical. Hard to argue, right? A case in point is The Bodyguard, coming to QPAC from July 19 to August 13 for a strictly limited season to deliver the story you know with the songs you love. more


Music
State of song – sonic smorgasbord Queensland Music Festival kicks off this weekend
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State of song – sonic smorgasbord Queensland Music Festival kicks off this weekend

Few things in this cold and often senseless world are as unifying as music. From our highest moments to our biggest struggles, music is there to intensify the experience for better or for worse. Being able to stand in a room full of strangers and relate to them on a deeply personal level is a pretty powerful experience, which is exactly what live music does every single day, all around the world. From July 7–30, the entire state will come alive with the sound of sweet unity for the Queensland Music Festival – keep your eyes peeled and your ears primed for surprises and inspiration around every corner. more

Exhibitions
QAGOMA’s Future Collective Revel is the arty party of your dreams
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QAGOMA’s Future Collective Revel is the arty party of your dreams

Any Brisbane local who is trying to impress someone from interstate or overseas will almost always bring up two things – the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art. This writer is definitely guilty of humble-bragging to mates across the border about our world class, kickass cultural jewels (I am not sorry and I will never apologise). One of the key factors to QAGOMA’s success – apart from the amazing staff – is the Future Collective, a group of benevolent young guns that throw their financial support behind the galleries. Once a year they throw a party to end all parties in the name of raising dosh for art – prepare yourself for Future Collective Revel. more

Exhibitions
Salvage turns the ugly truth of consumerism into something beautiful
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Salvage turns the ugly truth of consumerism into something beautiful

Let’s face it – Mother Nature has copped a beating at the hands of her human inhabitants, particularly in modern times. A huge part of this problem is a lack of communication around the subject – sure, we know the bare bones of how to recycle but there’s a heck of a lot more that we could be doing. One of the best ways to illustrate the impact that our junk is having on the environment is by repurposing it into something beautiful (or functional), paving the way for a more sustainable future and a more open conversation. Salvage is Brisbane City Council’s annual recycling art exhibition, heading to the Judith Wright Centre from July 7 to August 19 to prove that with a little imagination you can turn one man’s trash into another man’s treasure. more

Comedy
Joh for PM is the political musical comedy we never knew we needed until now
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Joh for PM is the political musical comedy we never knew we needed until now

When it comes to politics, often the truth is stranger than fiction. Here in Australia, we have seen all manner of larger-than-life characters make their way through the government at various levels – some of them loveable (g’day Bob Hawke), some of them incomprehensibly daft (looking at you, Pauline Hanson) and some of them downright sinister. One of the most controversial figures in Australia’s political history is finally getting what he deserves – that’s right, it’s time to learn all about the life and times of Joh Bjelke-Petersen through the medium of the musical. Heading to the Brisbane Powerhouse from July 7-16, Joh for PM will have you roaring with laughter about something that definitely wasn’t funny at the time. more

Food
Regional Flavours returns as your personal passport to the best eats in the state
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Regional Flavours returns as your personal passport to the best eats in the state

Many of us Queenslanders have a certain pride about our fair state and for good reason – the weather is unbeatable, we are responsible for some serious hit makers (hello, Savage Garden) and our food scene is booming like never before. We’re incredibly lucky to live in a place that not only utilises the land’s abundant fresh produce but also celebrates it, with boundless eateries and businesses being stoked to support local industry. Taking over the picturesque South Bank Parklands on the July 15–16 weekend, Regional Flavours presented by the Courier-Mail is your personal free pass to the very best in Queensland food and wine, providing a chance to sample wares from the state’s finest producers. more

Food
Eat Street Northshore takes us to the North Pole for its first long table dinner series
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Eat Street Northshore takes us to the North Pole for its first long table dinner series

Since moving to a huge new location, extending trading hours and changing its name, Eat Street Northshore has continued full steam ahead when it comes to bringing the people of Brisbane some of the coolest foodie and cultural events on the calendar. The latest innovation to come from the dining precinct is the Chef’s LaneWay LongTable Dinner series, a monthly event that will take diners outside of their culinary comfort zones and into a whole new world of deliciousness. Not one to do things by halves, Eat Street is launching into this new venture with a Christmas in July themed soiree on July 26 that will firmly plant them on top of everyone’s ‘nice’ list. more

Inspiration
Doing it scared – Paul Pritchard’s speaking tour set to motivate and inspire
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Doing it scared – Paul Pritchard’s speaking tour set to motivate and inspire

We all go through hard times – it’s just a fact of life. You might be in a rut with your job, have just eaten your way through a nasty break-up or be feeling a bit down about your appearance, for example. Challenges can really suck when you’re facing them, but at the same time it’s all about growth and perspective. One man who knows this all too well is Paul Pritchard, one of the world’s most adventurous mountaineers. After suffering a catastrophic accident while scaling Tasmania’s treacherous Totem Pole back in 1993, this incredible man went up against some pretty slim odds (and gnarly injuries) to return to the site 18 years later and complete the climb that nearly killed him. If you want to figure out how the heck he did it, his speaking tour at Metro Arts on Thursday July 6 is a good place to start. more

Dance
Leap into QPAC’s stunning International Series when The Royal Ballet comes to town
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Leap into QPAC’s stunning International Series when The Royal Ballet comes to town

QPAC is no stranger to prestigious global guests – the venue has a reputation for bringing some amazing names right here to Brisbane, and this year’s International Series is no exception. One visitor we have been hanging out for is almost here – from June 29 to July, The Royal Ballet is bringing two equally stunning works to our shores for the series. Each work is an Australian premiere, making these some of the hottest (and fanciest) tickets in town. more

Community
Celebrate local living and community vibes at the Teneriffe Festival
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Celebrate local living and community vibes at the Teneriffe Festival

July is a great month for a lot of reasons – winter days full of crisp air and sunny skies, officially marking the halfway point of the year and of course, the Teneriffe Festival sets up shop. This social calendar highlight celebrates everything we know and love about one of Brisbane’s (technically) newest suburbs, bringing together delicious food, awesome entertainment and a wholesome sense of community. Mark your diary for Saturday July 1 because it’s going to be one delight of a day. more

Exhibitions
The World Press Photo Exhibition returns to capture our attention
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The World Press Photo Exhibition returns to capture our attention

There’s a reason that the phrase ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ is so universally recognised – the power of photography is undeniable. Returning for another year, the World Press Photo Exhibition is one of the biggest and best examples of this philosophy – the travelling showcase reveals to audiences some of the most iconic, controversial and intimate moments from the past year. The globetrotting event is coming to the Brisbane Powerhouse from June 30 to July 23, ready to stun and delight. more

Music
Sing along to the powerful tune of gender equality at Songs That Made Me
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Sing along to the powerful tune of gender equality at Songs That Made Me

You can bleat on all you like about sexism not being an issue in the music industry, but the facts don’t lie – women are critically underrepresented. Things have certainly come a long way, thanks in large part to badass ladies who have paved the way to equality between the sexes in music, but there is no denying that we still have progress to make. Bursting onto The Tivoli stage on Sunday July 16, Songs That Made Me will shine a light on Australian female talent with a line-up featuring Deborah Conway, Clare Bowditch and Hannah Macklin. more

Food
Westfield Chermside will kick off its food renaissance the right way with a killer Concert on the Green
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Westfield Chermside will kick off its food renaissance the right way with a killer Concert on the Green

We are no strangers to the fact that Westfield Chermside has been killing it lately. The retail powerhouse recently gifted Brisbane with a fashion precinct that would make even the most discerning fashionista totally dizzy and is following this up with a food offering that is equally mind-blowing. Not one to shy away from an opportunity to celebrate, the centre is throwing a party to welcome its new foodie residents to the neighbourhood. The fun all starts on Thursday June 22, but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet … more