In Alice Oswald’s Memorial the legendary Helen Morse brings impassioned life to Oswald’s words inside an other-worldly score by Golden Globe nominee Jocelyn Pook (Eyes Wide Shut), performed by an extraordinary ensemble of international musicians and a 215-strong community chorus.
Inspired by your favourite scary movies, Horror is an imaginatively gory, genuinely terrifying and funny live experience. A young woman and her friends are terrorised by a vengeful spirit when they visit the place of her tormented childhood.
Peter Grimes is the defining British opera of the 20th century and a masterpiece of musical theatre. What really happened to the young apprentice of gruff fisherman Peter Grimes? This monumental, life-defining musical event stars Australian tenor Stuart Skelton - the greatest performer of the title role on the planet.
This Brisbane Festival opening event sees Brisbane indie-pop, five-piece band Ball Park Music and Fremantle outfit San Cisco join together with special guests Ruby Fields and Tia Gostelow or this one-night-only performance at Riverstage.
After three weeks of epic Sunshine State celebrations, Brisbane Festival comes to a close with a bash for the ages, bringing together a massive line-up of Australia’s brightest talent, with homegrown heavyweights Violent Soho and rising superstars Meg Mac, Methyl Ethel and WAAX.
King Street, Bowen Hills, will be transformed into a garden street party, radiating rainbows. Eight LGBTIQ couples with eight wonderful stories will tie the knot on stage, sharing their special day with the best of Brisbane’s queer performers and the launch of the 29th annual Brisbane Pride Festival.
Heaps Gay lands in Brisbane with a huge art trash splash! Put on your best DIY outfit and dumpster dive into a world of queer decadence filled with rowdy and rousing performers, gaudy live acts, and party-starting DJs. It’s better than your great auntie’s wedding.
Swellegant, elegant and returning - it’s California Crooners Club!
Australian TV favourite Hugh Sheridan along with singers Emile Welman and Johnny Manuel return to Brisbane Festival with new tunes fresh from being the bonafide sold-out smash hit of the last two Adelaide Fringe Festivals.
The concert features the new ‘Gratitude and Grief’ collaboration between Elixir and Leunig, showcasing a unique combination of spoken-word poetry, angelic vocals, sublime improvisation, and live drawing by Leunig himself.
A composer, a piano, a virtuoso, historical footage, and a wildly chilling – at times very funny – meeting of Joseph Stalin, Ai Weiwei, Bertolt Brecht, Joseph Goebbels, John F. Kennedy, Gough Whitlam, Julia Gillard, Donald Trump, and more.
Featuring original members of ARIA Hall of Fame inductees, Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project with special guests serve up classic hits as well as brand new material, all with an electronic twist in a cross-generational, cultural celebration.
My Family: Not the Sitcom is a show about memory, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, moral policing on social media, golf, and gay cats. A massively disrespectful celebration of the lives of comedian David Baddiel’s late sex-mad mother Sarah, and dementia-ridden father, Colin. Come and be offended on David’s behalf!
Portland psych-rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra are returning to Australia to debut their upcoming fourth album Sex and Food. The band’s newly released singles ‘Not In Love We’re Just High’ and ‘American Guilt’ – which triple j described as “Prince doing stoner rock” – deliver the hypnotic psychedelic beat they are best known for.
YUMMY is a powerhouse cabaret of drag, dance, circus, and live music that has become legendary in the underground club cabaret scene. Blending outrageous drag conventions with contemporary choreography, YUMMY is a gender-busting live art performance with a whole lot of subversive and salacious humour.
BFFs Jimmy and Corgan are hurtling towards their 30s with their lives filled with a mix of Tinder, Grindr, binge-drinking, and half-hearted hook-ups. As the wedding of Corgan’s ex-girlfriend looms and Jimmy’s love life with men stalls, the two struggle to get their lives in working order.
BFFs Jimmy and Corgan are heading on a whirlwind trip of cheap cocktails, awkward massages, and disgusting tourists to Australia’s favourite holiday destination – Bali. Armed with privilege, arrogance, and an unbelievable exchange rate, these two endearing messes face a wake-up call from the real world.
Intrepid performers Roxanne McDonald and Barbara Lowing – two of Brisbane’s best-loved actors – navigate risky terrain as they journey through the heart lines of their own lives and into the hilarious misadventures of the women who made them who they are today.
In the past few years, singer/rapper Tkay Maidza has risen out of the underground to emerge as one of Australia’s most electrifying artists. Freshly armed with brand new music, this special performance is Tkay’s first headline show in Brisbane since 2016 and definitely not one to be missed!
The Lord Mayor’s City Hall Concerts are back again for a midday music break in the city, with musicians from Queensland Conservatorium, Queensland’s chamber orchestra Camerata, and Helpmann Award-winner Michael Griffiths.
Dust takes a deep and daring dive into how – through the lottery of birth – we inherit the architecture of restriction and opportunity. How do we agitate and illuminate the engineering of our own existence?
BANG! BANG! is a sexy and irredeemably sassy foray into Rhonda Burchmore’s wild side. Guest starring Rob Mills, this show punches a pack of perversion in a cavalcade of production numbers with men in heels, girls in jocks, and Rhonda’s world-famous legs tap-dancing all over pop mash-ups.
After selling out at Brisbane Festival in 2017, surreal show girl, obscene beauty queen and sex clown, Betty Grumble returns with her ongoing womanifesto, call-to-arms party, protest and a long hard kiss.
The Borodin Quartet recently marked its 70th anniversary, and while the individual players may have changed, the quartet’s special relationship with Shostakovich remains resolute and their interpretations still carry tremendous gravitas.
Hailed as one of the breakout stars of the Australian music scene, Rolling Blackouts Coast Fever will perform their debut album ‘Hope Downs’ – a rich and sophisticated collection of passionate guitar pop.
Join Melbourne singer-songwriter Jen Cloher for a special and intimate solo performance as she returns to Brisbane Festival with her latest, self-titled album – a letter in triplicate to themes of love, music and Australia.
After more than 10 years cutting their teeth in Melbourne City fringe pubs and backyard party jams, The Teskey Brothers announced themselves triumphantly to the world in 2017 with the release of their debut album ‘Half Mile Harvest’, capturing the attention of blues and soul lovers far and wide.
Triple ARIA-winner Sarah Blasko writes songs that strike with rare immediacy, clarity and purpose - melodies beguilingly simple, lyrics honest and direct. Her new album ‘Depth of Field’ is a five-star winner.
Experience the Tivoli like never before and get up-close and personal in this unique in the round experience.
Paul Dabek is widely regarded as one of the funniest magicians on the planet. Dressed to impress, and with more thrust than a NASA lift-off, British showman Dabek takes to the stage with a machine-gun-delivery, quick wit and theatrical flair that captivates all ages.
The story of two very different dogs in an animal shelter waiting to be adopted… or sent to the ‘backroom’. They discuss dog philosophy and life whilst dealing with a world that offers random acts of kindness, cruelty and absurdity.
Who do you envy? Who is like you, but a little bit better?
With a raucous chorus of original music, award-winning theatre maker Rachel Mars and four belting female singers bring you a gleeful, dark show about the hidden workings of envy and the ways we screw each other over
Catch BrainBuzz Host Kellyn Morris, Resident Scientist Clare Van Dorssen, and a bunch of historical characters, including Albert Einstein, as they bring some of their TV antics to Brisbane Festival in the beautiful Brisbane City Hall, in a free event sponsored by Brisbane City Council.
The Owl and the Pussycat is an enchanting and intimate theatrical experience for families. Be swept away in this all-new opera with stunning vocals, interactive theatre, and a troupe of musical puffins.
Aboard a magical pea-green boat, this charming work explores universal themes of love, harmony and acceptance.
Join the cast of the award-winning The I Hate Children Children’s Show as they take your whole family on a non-stop sugar rush of live music, funny songs, magic, comedy and, of course, signature child-hating.
Perfect if you’re keen to gain a deeper appreciation of the great work at Brisbane Festival, so that you can see more in the performances, hear more in the music and speak more keenly in the conversations taking place around the Festival.