Get ready for September because the Brisbane Festival is coming! Australia has its fair share of festivals, and Brisbane Festival is one of its biggest events attracting about a million people each year. It is held annually in September, this year being from 5th September to 28th September and features some of the finest shows in music, dance, circus, opera and major public events. The Festival is held in multiple locations all over the city, with the major hubs being South Bank Cultural Forecourt, QUT Kelvin Grove, The Botanic Gardens and the Queensland Performing Arts Center.
The Brisbane Festival aims to bring artists and audiences together in a way that lifts the spirit and disrupts the ordinary. We believe in festivals being real celebrations and inspiring us to think differently. The festival is inclusive for anyone and celebrates the original owner’s of the land.
The festival aims to help grow the local Australian art and artists by showcasing them and exposing them to a worldwide audience. The festival hosts a lot of activities, most of which are held at the Treasury Brisbane Arcadia, which is the major precinct for the festival. Here are 6 highlights that can’t be missed:
• Fire Gardens | 11-14 September | from $20
If fire is your thing, this is the show for you! This other-worldly experience is located at the Brisbane City Botanical gardens and boosts large spheres of flame installments, flickering, dancing tongues of fire and a musical backdrop to leave you in awe. Wonder through the maze-like gardens and let this show touch your heart and delight your senses.
• The Brat Kids Carnival | 14-15 September | $32
This magical show airing at the Queensland Performing Arts Center (QPAC) is by international touring sensation Brief and will encourage you and your little ones to get up on stage, have a boogie or two, play with hula hoops and learn new tricks. It certainly is a high energy, super fun and engaging show for a variety of all ages and dress up is encouraged as well. Watch the professionals go crazy with mind-boggling hula hoops, acrobatics and much more.
• Treasury Brisbane Acardia | 8-29 September | free
Welcome to Festival Central! The Treasury Brisbane Arcadia is the social hub of the Brisbane Festival. The Brisbane Arcadia is home to the famous Spiegel tents and offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy free art, acrobatic and musical performances while sampling some of the best food and drink Australia has to offer. This is the perfect space to admire the nightly River of Light Show spectacle, which tells the aboriginal story of Maiwar, the dreaming serpent that wove Brisbane River into existence.
• Kate Miller Heidke | 27 September | Prices vary
Kate Miller Heidke is one of the festival’s many extraordinary musical acts. Her feather like vocals and clear voice have already represented Australia in this year’s Euro Vision Song contest and she’s sure to put on a hell of a great show at the festival. If you’re looking to experience her music for yourself, she will be performing at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre on Friday the 27th September.
• The Sunsuper Riverfire Fireworks | 28 September | free
Ending the festival with a big bang, the fireworks are hauntingly beautiful and draw colorful lines through the night sky. Join the people of Brisbane from 7pm on Saturday the 28th September and admire this pyrotechnical masterpiece, supported by aerial displays including jets and helicopters from the Australian Defense force. We recommend you secure a spot close to the Brisbane River, in South Bank parklands. If you’re feeling adventurous, grab your togs and watch the spectacle from the Brisbane Lagoon, it’ll be an experience you might never forget!
Wrapping It Up
The Brisbane Festival is an experience not to be missed! Experience countless cultural performances and let your eyes glance in wonder. It is sure to spark your imagination and leave you breathless. Stay close by in South Bank and don’t miss any of the fun!
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