A Bold Opening Weekend

28 Jul

Media Release
A Bold Opening Weekend

Smoking Ceremonies, Musical Surprises and a heavenly laser and light installation signal a bold start to Brisbane Festival 2020

Brisbane Festival returns brighter and bolder in 2020 with a joy-filled opening weekend that will cleanse, reset and illuminate the city while filling it with music, art and excitement.

The anticipated annual Festival begins on Friday 4 September with a program of events, performances and experiences that acknowledge the challenges Brisbane faced this year and offer a beacon of hope to its residents and visitors. 

Brisbane Festival begins three weeks of celebration with Jumoo, a special city-wide smoking ceremony on 4 September from 6pm.

Brisbane Festival Artistic Director Louise Bezzina said Jumoo – which means “smoking” in the language of the Turrbal people - will herald a fresh and peaceful start to Brisbane Festival while honouring and paying respect to the city’s First People.

“The city-wide Jumoo (smoking)ceremony will lead Brisbane respectfully into the Festival and provide the reset and refocus we need,”

Louise Bezzina

“I’m delighted to reunite with long-time collaborator of Brisbane Festival, Turrbal and Yuggera man Shannon Ruska, who will direct the mass celebration and connection to country with ceremonies taking place across the city .”

As the smoke clears, Brisbane is invited to turn its gaze skyward for the first of many Sunsuper Night Sky laser and light experiences.

“Every Friday and Saturday night during Brisbane Festival, Sunsuper Night Sky will beam from rooftops across Brisbane’s skyline, projecting an awe-inspiring laser light installation set to an ethereal contemporary soundtrack,” Bezzina said. 

Created by renowned Australian audio-visual artist Robin Fox, this exquisite installation is visible from hundreds of vantage points across Brisbane, from the deck of a CityCat to a suburban veranda as well as numours suggested walking tours. Residents can re-discover their city by night by downloading the Sunsuper Night Sky Walking Circuits map at 

It’s not just the heavens set to surprise and delight Festival-goers on opening weekend with celebratory flash mobs popping up throughout the city as part of All You Need Is Love; a promenade show designed to get you dancing in the streets. 

From Friday 4 September to Sunday 6 September, Brisbane’s favourite brass band Excelsior lead by the fabulously frivolous Fez Faanana will entertain without notice at key Festival hubs, markets and a raft of surprising Brisbane venues.

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