Save the date: Sunsuper Riverfire returns to light up Brisbane in September!

20 Jun

Media Release
Save the date: Sunsuper Riverfire returns to light up Brisbane in September!

All eyes are on Brisbane’s skies with Sunsuper Riverfire making a dazzling return to the river city on Saturday 25 September 2021 for Brisbane Festival.

Presented by Brisbane Festival and Brisbane City Council, Sunsuper Riverfire 2021 serves as a glittering crescendo to the Festival after COVID-19 forced the pyrotechnic spectacular into hiatus in 2020.

The free, all-ages Sunsuper Riverfire is a highlight of the Brisbane Festival program – which will fill the city with art, music and joy from 3 – 25 September 2021 – and has cemented its standing as the city’s favourite fireworks display.

The 2021 event will proceed with a strict COVID Safe Plan in place and will comply with all evolving health authority directions and requirements.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the return of Sunsuper Riverfire will once again captivate and delight spectators who cram every vantage point along the city reaches of the Brisbane River.

It’s a signature, stand-out event for Brisbane which has everyone talking.

“A wonderful, dazzling night of nights that I and 500,000 spectators so look forward to every year."

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

“The Fireworks and the Brisbane Festival are wonderful ways to celebrate the return of Spring,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Our government backs Brisbane Festival with over $19 million in funding for 2020- 2023 as part of our commitment to support arts and culture in this state, and I look forward to seeing what they deliver again this year,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said the return of Sunsuper Riverfire will put a smile on so many faces.

“People can start planning now to secure a prime position along the riverside for one of Brisbane’s favourite nights,” Ms Enoch said.

“Brisbane Festival 2021 will be a time to celebrate all things Queensland, showcase our home-grown talent and help spread some joy through the power of the arts.

“The arts are key part of our plan for economic recovery contributing $8.5 billion into the state’s economy and supporting 92,000 jobs for Queenslanders.”

The Right Honourable, the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Councillor Adrian Schrinner said after being scaled back last year due to COVID-19, the community’s anticipation for the firework spectacular was sky-high.

“The return of Sunsuper Riverfire is incredibly exciting news for not only residents and visitors, but the dozens of local businesses, retailers and dining precincts that get bonanza business on the night.

“As Brisbane’s favourite fireworks display, Sunsuper Riverfire is an amazing end to Brisbane Festival and I encourage everyone to pencil Saturday 25 September into their diaries and start planning their favourite viewing spots because we’re expecting bumper crowds.

“We also hope to see the much-loved Australian Defence Force Super Hornet display back as the Royal Australian Airforce marks 100 years of service to Australia.”

Brisbane Festival Artistic Director Louise Bezzina said the success of 2020’s Brisbane Festival – one of the first major events held in Australia post-pandemic – provided the trust and confidence to safely bring back the iconic, large-scale Sunsuper Riverfire.

“The Festival’s Boldly Brisbane vision speaks to a sense of pride in our city; of celebrating our landmarks, lifestyle and those elements that make it unique,” Ms Bezzina said.

Sunsuper Riverfire has been a wholly inclusive and widely accessible part of Brisbane Festival’s program since 1998 and while some changes are necessary to ensure it is a COVID Safe event, it will once again surprise and delight residents and visitors alike.”

Sunsuper Riverfire 2021 will light up Brisbane’s skies in a free pyrotechnic spectacular that can be viewed from hundreds of vantage points across the city.

Sunsuper Riverfire will be choreographed to a specially curated playlist simulcast on Triple M with television partner Channel Nine exclusively broadcasting the popular event live.

Ms Bezzina urged Brisbane residents and visitors to save the date with more exciting details about Sunsuper Riverfire revealed over the coming months.

Sunsuper’s Chief Executive Officer Bernard Reilly said this year’s event would be extra special for Brisbane residents, after 2020’s display was replaced by a month-long light and laser extravaganza due to COVID restrictions.

“Sunsuper is delighted to play a major role in bringing Sunsuper Riverfire to the Brisbane community in what is our 14th year of involvement with Brisbane Festival,” said Mr Reilly.

“This year’s Sunsuper Riverfire is a chance for all of us to experience one of Brisbane’s favourite nights again – in a COVID-safe way.

“As the biggest fireworks display Brisbane has seen in two years, it will be truly exciting to watch and a wonderful community celebration.”

For Sunsuper Riverfire 2021 updates and further Festival announcements, visit or follow Brisbane Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

Brisbane Festival expresses deep respect to and acknowledges the First People of this Country.