Sizzling and salacious – Wonderland Festival returns to add some debauchery to your summer
We all know that Brisbane summer is a truly magical time despite (or sometimes because of) the heat – the days get longer, the nights get steamier and people tend to go a little bit loco. As we emerge from our winter hibernation with a renewed sense of confidence, we’re suddenly in the mood to play. Best to embrace the change, yeah? From November 23, Wonderland Festival will take over its spiritual home of the Brisbane Powerhouse for 11 hot and heavy nights of pure entertainment. Check your inhibitions at the door, people – things are about to get wild.
As usual, the program for Wonderland Festival reads like a delicious pick-and-mix bag of lollies (minus the weird duds that you palm off to your dad, of course). International heavyweights and interstate guests have been popped alongside local legends and existing festival faves, making for an irresistible smorgasbord of talent on display. From comedy to burlesque and from circus to cabaret, music, art and everything in between, no creative stone has been left unturned. While the line-up celebrates diversity, each act is united by the common theme of irreverence. Wonderland Festival doesn’t just display rowdiness – it encourages it.
This year’s highlights include one-man orchestra Tom Thum and bohemian singer-songwriter Jamie MacDowell joining forces for a wild musical mash-up, as well as professional laugh-maker Arj Barker bringing his new show Organic to our shores. Award-winning collaborators Benjamin Schostakowski and Emily Burton will be debuting their electric comedy Elizabeth I, while acclaimed songstress Emma Dean gets mischievous with her Broken Romantics show. Burlesque is fresh on the menu with Jacqueline Furey’s Würst striptease revue, Bombshell Burlesque’s titillating Viva BrisVegas, plus festival veterans Vanguard Burlesque bringing a bevy of the country’s most captivating showgirls. The art of circus is also thoroughly represented in the festival, with Company 2, Flipside Circus, Vulcana Women’s Circus, Common Thread Circus and GUSH all presenting jaw-dropping works.
Wonderland Festival is tumbling into Brisbane Powerhouse from November 23 to December 3 – you can check out the full tantalising program and book tickets here.