Welcome to the wondrous universe of La Verità, a dream-like circus extravaganza for the whole family from the creative minds behind Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo. The world-renowned Compagnia Finzi Pasca finally brings their mix of astonishing acts and fantastic visuals to Brisbane.
Eight extraordinary performers from styles spanning opera to rock join forces to create a bloody reimagining of the Grimm’s Snow White. In this Brisbane Festival, La Boite and Opera Queensland co-production, fairy-tale expectations will be turned on their head by a show as juicy as a poisoned apple and as brutal as deer-kill.
Blanc de Blanc serves a blend of vintage glamour, high-end spectacle and titillating acts to infatuate, illuminate and delight. It brings the finest cabaret and acrobatic talent from around the world into a wild, shimmering night – anticipate big moves, great tunes, lots of skin, and more than a few surprises.
Brisbane Festival’s artists in residence do injustice to a great playwright. Chekhov’s First Play is a wrecking ball riff on the play, Chekhov, the theatre, life, death and pretty much everything else.
And if it’s all too much, headphones are provided so that you can listen to the director’s live and cutting commentary.
Rainbow Vomit is a spectacular work involving 7.6 kilometres of UV rope, mind-bending choreography and ‘fireworks glasses’- magical glasses made from holographic diffraction film, which refract light and generate zillions of rainbows.
The night sky is our final canvas. Sunsuper Riverfire is Queensland’s ultimate fireworks display, wrapping up Brisbane Festival with a bang. And it’s all set to music you’ve helped choose - music that has defined living in Brisbane in 2016.
Game Show-Off is an interactive cabaret-style game show complete with glitzy hosts and competitions galore. The audience will compete in teams for the coveted honour of being Game Show-Off champions in this trivia-like night that gradually becomes more physically and visually daring.
Brisbane Festival’s annual photographic exhibition invites both high school students and the general public to submit an original work. Anyone who loves to dabble in photography, or considers themselves a professional photographer, can participate in this rewarding experience.
Missing One Another is a special Brisbane Festival commission – an invitation to one of our most exciting visual art duos to create a performative work for Theatre Republic’s big space 'The Block'. Brisbane-based artistic collaboration Clark Beaumont take aim at the greatest obstacle in our quest for authentic connection and mutual understanding.
Long-time friends Claire Wong and Noorlinah Mohamed would often talk about their mothers and the complexities of living – and not living – with them. One mother is Cantonese-speaking and impetuous; the other speaks Malay and is quietly stubborn. Both are wonderful cooks.
Poignant and funny, Recalling Mother celebrates the joys and challenges of motherhood and daughterhood.
Reflecting on this historic timeframe, IMA Co-Directors Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh have curated a screening program of recent video works by artists from the Republic and North of Ireland that shift and destabilse accepted versions of the last hundred years of Irish history.
Creative3 is Australia’s largest conference for creative entrepreneurs, bringing together some of the world’s leading creative game changers to share their knowledge and experience across design, fashion, animation, digital media, film and television, music and games.
This lush, full-length story ballet from France’s greatest contemporary ballet company features massive sets, the magnificent excess of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Johannes Fritzsch, and an all-star roster of French artists including set design by Thierry Leproust, and costumes by legendary Haute Couture designer Jean Paul Gaultier.
Hailed by audiences and critics for its entrancing choreography and stunning beauty, Ballet Preljocaj’s contemporary retelling of Snow White makes its Australian debut, exclusive to Brisbane.
Swellegant, elegant – introducing the California Crooners Club! Created by actor Hugh Sheridan, California Crooners Club brings swagger and style with a jazz twist to modern-day chart hits by Calvin Harris, Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith, and Sia. They sing, they swing, they groove and move, and they even rap!
Freestyle your way through the ultimate mega mix of dancing styles. Promenade your partner through a foxy quick step, boot scootin’ swagger, hot havana, styling swing, disco or a Bollywood dance explosion.
You Should Be Dancing is your invitation to party, feel the rhythm, embrace the romance and dance, Brisbane.
Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes were THE stand alone act in Australia during the 90s.
For the first time since 1997, Dave Graney ‘n’ the Coral Snakes reform to perform classics from their soft and sexy songbook featuring the original gangsters who made their much acclaimed masterpiece NIGHT OF THE WOLVERINE - Dave Graney on vocals with Clare Moore on drums, Rod Hayward on guitar and Robin Casinader on piano.
Three distinctive performances come to Brisbane’s beautiful City Hall as part of the City Hall Concerts. Each Tuesday throughout the Festival, you’re invited to pop by. Featuring All Our Exes Live in Texas, A Musical Theatre Concert by the students of the Queensland Musical Theatre department, and Ella Hooper.
Souvenir tells the story of a life through a freewheeling exploration of memory, jealousy and time. Music, magic tricks and goldfish crash against Shakespeare and Beyoncé in an attempt to compress the longest novel ever written into 55 minutes of theatre.
Brisbane’s most influential, avant-garde electronic music trio The Architects of Sound are about to kick-off their biggest and most explosive sonic experience yet – Architects Reborn: Arena Spectacular – live in three whole dimensions!
Following her collaborations with Earl Sweatshirt, SBTRKT and Chet Faker (on ‘Melt’), we welcome Kilo to Brisbane to perform songs from her beautiful debut album ‘Reflections in Real Time’, exposing her relationships, fears and goals in a mash-up of raps and croons dipped in R&B and soul.
Stones Throw Records 20th anniversary concert promises to be a triumphant celebration of Stones Throw’s recorded output, past and present, with a live set from Philly beatmaker/singer MNDSGN, a DJ set from veteran turntablist J-Rocc, a VJ/DJ ‘Stones Throw only’ set from Peanut Butter Wolf and a performance by Egyptian Lover.
Mick Harvey, co-founder and guitarist of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and producer for PJ Harvey, performs selections from ‘Delerium Tremens’ – the long-awaited third album in his series interpreting the songs of legendary singer, songwriter and poet Serge Gainsbourg. With a band and string section, Mick also plays from his previous two volumes, ‘Intoxicated Man’ and ‘Pink Elephants’.
Custard have returned to the peak of their powers with their first new album in 16 years. This great Brisbane indie band released five albums between 1991 and 1999, with a succession of memorable singles that brightened up Triple J's then angst-ridden playlist.
We welcome the boys back for this special Spiegeltent gig.
Pink Martini brings their signature cocktail of crowd-pleasing classical, old-fashioned pop and jazz to Brisbane Festival. Or, as they put it themselves: 'The United Nations meets Breakfast at Tiffany's.'
Here’s a rare chance to see the silent, live-action Snow White that inspired Walt Disney’s masterpiece Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In a special treat, this cheeky, whimsical film is presented with live musical accompaniment by international concert pianist Mauro Colombis.
Walt Disney’s first great love letter to the Brothers Grimm was described at the time as ‘Disney’s Folly’. In 2008, the American Film Institute named it the greatest American animated film of all time.
In collaboration with Jazz Queensland, Brisbane Festival presents two Sunday afternoons of great jazz with Shannon Marshall and The Souls Almighty, Kristin Berardi and The Balloons, Mal Woods Bowery Hot 5, and Michelle Nicolle.
Troppo is an explosively funny beach party the whole family will enjoy.
A daring new world where acrobats fly, spin and tease gravity. A world where you need to get lost to truly find yourself. Surprising and playful, joyful and adventurous, be taken on a colourful journey through the dazzling landscapes of the mystical island of Troppo.
Sydney avant-pop heroine Montaigne comes to Brisbane Festival, so don’t miss the chance to catch her new tunes live on stage! With a powerful voice and commanding stage presence, she is sure to be a winner with the Spiegeltent crowd.
Run by DJ/producers Gabe Gleeson (one half of electronic duo Indian Summer) and founder Martin Novosel, Purple Sneakers blog is one of Australia's most prominent and influential niche music hubs - they air, share, publish and promote ’emerging club music’ from around the world, and are ‘Trusted for Taste’.
In 2000, in a small town in Ireland, an aunt and three sisters boarded themselves into their home and entered into a suicide pact that lasted 40 days. We weren’t there. We don’t know what they said. This is not their story.
Benjamin Britten’s first comic opera is directed by famed Australian director, Bruce Beresford (Breaker Morant, Tender Mercies, Crimes of the Heart and Driving Miss Daisy). Albert Herring explores the themes of losing innocence, social stratification, Victorian morality, and coming of age, all cast in the setting of the composer’s brilliantly witty chamber score.
Throughout Australia’s history, an unknown number of Indigenous children have been forcibly removed from their families. Parents driven mad, grandparents heartbroken, siblings torn apart, language lost and culture stripped away.
Using testimonials from the Stolen Generations, Noongar man Ian Michael invites you to listen in on the silenced stories of this country.
Come on an electric, cross-cultural journey with the award-winning theatre-makers behind Motherland. Sparked by Yukio Mishima’s classic tale of dominance and desire, HANAKO engages both Australian and Japanese performers and draws on real stories of Japanese youth.
The Wheel of the Year rolls towards the spring equinox and Deep Soulful Sweats roll into Brisbane for the first time, bringing their unique participatory performance experience to Theatre Republic with Galaxy Stomp.
A little bit yoga, a little bit Jane Fonda, and a lot dirty discotheque. Each night is unique and full of surprises.
50/50 is a participatory performance class on Lindy Hop. Through conversations and demonstrations, audience members learn the basic footwork before the space becomes a dance hall for everyone to show their best swing moves.
UNBUTTONED pries open the gap between man and woman to gaze at the space between. A sticky four-day program of performance, visual art, and film that opens up the curly questions: What does it mean to be in these bodies? What new ways can they lock together? How do we do gender, how do we undo gender? What hurts, what thrills, and what's possible?
Fiery, impassioned, full of power and beauty with a touch of the exotic, experience the Queensland Symphony Orchestra perform music from the great Russian composers – Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninov.
Robert Forster, the co-founder of the Brisbane band The Go-Betweens, plays his only Brisbane concert after a European tour. Robert will perform songs from his first solo album in seven years, ‘Songs to Play’, as well as delving into his past catalogue for this very special Brisbane Festival event.
The Listies 6D is interactive, raucous, anarchic and six dimensions of fun. It’s stuffed full of all the high-brow things that kids love – like fart jokes and spewing puppets – and is guaranteed fun for the whole family (yes, even Dad!).
The Steve McQueens is a neo-vintage soul-funk band with a penchant for groove and making music that just feels good. With the release of their second album ‘Seamonster’, they're leaving their indomitable mark on the music world.
The internationally acclaimed Jerusalem Quartet returns with a program of masterworks. At the heart of these performances lies iconic Australian composer Ross Edwards’ Summer Dances, a contemporary musical gem.
The great English composer Benjamin Britten's first love was a young German man named Wulff Scherchen. This idyllic relationship was shattered when World War II separated them. Their heartbreaking letters survive today, and have been brought to life in a beautiful new song cycle by Lyle Chan.