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Pretend you're in Paris for a day at the Vieille Branche winter design market
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Pretend you’re in Paris for a day at the Vieille Branche winter design market

Transport your mind for a moment, if you will, to a sunny Parisian courtyard filled with treasures. Picture yourself lazily strolling through the leafy, lush precinct with a coffee in one hand and a croissant in the other, stopping to pick up a few things along the way – a bouquet of wild botanicals here, some handcrafted cheese there, perhaps a handmade blouse … You don’t have to snap out of this European fantasy just yet – the Vieille Branche winter design market is happening on Saturday June 3 to make all of your new-season dreams come true. more

Design
Max out your time when the temp drops with hundred acre bar’s event series
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Max out your time when the temp drops with hundred acre bar’s event series

A change of seasons can often cause some kind of internal panic – winter is just around the corner and your mind is probably way back in March when you promised yourself you were going to take that cooking class or learn to sew. Don’t beat yourself up about it, pal – we’ve all been in the throes of wanting to self-improve but not knowing where (or how) to start. hundred acre bar is here to save the day with its brand-new event series, a collection of classes and workshops themed to the changing seasons that will have you learning new skills like a boss. more

Community
The round-up: Brisbane's best trivia nights
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The round-up: Brisbane’s best trivia nights

If you’ve ever found yourself sitting on the couch watching The Chase and thought the questions weren’t that hard, you might want to consider joining a trivia team. The high-stakes world of pub trivia is one of the most entertaining ways to spend a weeknight, with just about every night of the week boasting a trivia night somewhere. Not only is trivia sociable, entertaining and good for the brain it is also a relatively inexpensive way to spend an evening. Simply pick a spot from our comprehensive list and then all you'll need to do is come up with a cool team name! Might we suggest Quizteama Aguilera, Risky Quizness or Trivia Newton John? more

Community
Show your true Queensland colours – the Maroon Festival brings us fun, food and footy
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Show your true Queensland colours – the Maroon Festival brings us fun, food and footy

Some things are just so Brisbane it hurts – if you know what we mean when we refer to Milton mangoes and the Brown Snake, you’re on that serious sunshine state level (just FYI, we’re talking about XXXX and the Brisbane River in case you didn’t know). Another thing that gets Queenslanders seriously fired up is a little sports match called the State of Origin, so if you’re a fan then you should probably be sitting down to read this – for the first time ever, we are getting an all-in celebration dedicated to everything Queensland and rugby league! The Maroon Festival will be hitting the South Bank Parklands from May 28–31, bringing with it a wave of fun, food and (of course) footy. more

Dance
Sashay this way – the Queensland Cabaret Festival returns with a star-studded schedule
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Sashay this way – the Queensland Cabaret Festival returns with a star-studded schedule

Cabaret is one of those things that you can’t really pin down into any specific description. Most of us are familiar with the vague, abstract concept – smoky rooms, dimly lit tables, clicking fingers and simmering sensuality. Turns out there is so much more to the genre than we give it credit for – and there is a dedicated event set to show us what it’s all about. The Queensland Cabaret Festival is returning from June 1–15, sashaying into three key venues to bring us a load of sauce, sizzle and spark with a serious side of heart. more

Community
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