Secret gardens and funny mummies – all of the must-see Brisbane Festival events at West Village
If you’re wondering why our city looks a bit brighter than usual at the moment, it’s all due to a certain city-wide fiesta – Brisbane Festival, of course! The much-anticipated celebration is setting our city alight from September 3–25 with a jam-packed three-week program. Set to host some of the finest festivities of the festival is West Village, which is home to everything from enchanting gardens full of larger-than-life florals to hilarious comedy showcases. Here’s a taste of what’s on offer …
West Village will once again come alive with illuminating art installations, curiosity-piquing workshops and a jam-packed theatrical program at Metro Arts all in the name of Brisbane Festival. Vibrant inflatable installations will take root in the gardens of the West End precinct for Lost, an enchanting display of extinct and endangered floral illuminations created by Australian artist Amanda Parer. Got the little ones in tow? Inside the flora-focused installation sits a workshop shed where youngsters can make their own take-home flower crowns and insect masks as part of Wearable Wonders. Another event worth making tracks to is Sense the Connection, where First Nations caretaker and chef Kieron Anderson will guide families on a sensory exploration of the sights, sounds, smells, feelings and flavours of nature’s beautiful forms.
Thrilling theatre will take centre stage at Metro Arts, which will be hosting a scintillating selection of shows during Brisbane Festival. Expect belly laughs aplenty at the Funny Mummies Comedy Gala, where some local comedy legends will tell tales of mothering fails and ever-relatable domestic dramas in two hours of comedic relief. Those who love a bit of full moon madness can revel in the powerful new dance-theatre work Weredingo, which combines storytelling with Karul Project’s contemporary dance style and a welcome sprinkle of humour. Gear up for some bicycle brilliance as Brisbane’s hottest contemporary artists give up-cycling new meaning in the innovative exhibition Mechanics of Adaptation, which will be shown across Metro Arts’ galleries. If your grommets are eager to see some magic on the stage, treat them to the underwater goodness that is Wilbur the Optical Whale, a fully immersive, interactive and accessible story of friendship and celebrating difference created by inclusive theatre company indelabilityarts. To peep all of the weird and wonderful Brisbane Festival events coming to West Village, pop over here.
This article was written with our friends at West Village.