It's free to enter, day and night. Like the Festival itself, and like the mythical Arcadia after which our hub is named, it's a place of revels, revelations and romances.
6 - 28 Sept
Treasury Brisbane Arcadia
Nestled among the hills of Kelvin Grove, just north of the CBD, the Republic brings you a record 17 adventurous theatre shows, in shapeshifting forms, all around a stunningly designed Festival hub.
10 - 28 Sept
Theatre Republic - QUT Creative Industries Precinct
Inspired by the novel Invisible Cities, some of the world’s great artists bring to life a series of fantastical places in this Australian premiere production.
24 - 28 Sept
880 Fairfield Road, Yeerongpilly
From China’s superstar choreographer and dancer Yang Liping comes Rite of Spring, a new interpretation of Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet of sacrifice and renewal.
25 - 28 Sept
QPAC - Playhouse
City and Colour performs his only Australian show to help wrap up Riverstage’s 30th birthday celebrations – and it coincides with the dazzling fireworks of Sunsuper Riverfire.
This world premiere by gifted young comedian, singer and playwright Yve Blake is stacked with insanely catchy numbers that will take you straight back to your first crush and make you feel ALL THE FEELS.
7 Sept - 5 Oct
Bille Brown Theatre
A door is a beginning and an end, a promise and a warning. What waits on the other side is limited only by the imagination and decided only by an action. Step across the threshold.
Get ready to submerge yourself in this burlesque extravaganza where Parisian glitz and glamour continue to create a party of Gatsby-esque proportions.
5 - 28 Sept
The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent
Bring your picnic blankets and enjoy some great music and stories under the starry sky at Riverstage.
From their warehouse party origins in Brisbane’s West End, all the way to slaying the glittering stages of London’s West End, the Briefs boys are back in town with a sci-fi spectacle of flirty, filthy fabulousness.
11 - 15 Sept
Join eight extraordinary performers and 88 guests over a three-course meal in an evening for the adventurous and the curious.
18 - 21 Sept
This is the story of ‘The Black Titanic’, told by one of South Africa’s great music theatre ensembles.
5 - 7 Sept
St Matthew Passion is a musical retelling of Christ’s final hours on earth, using some of Bach’s magnificent vocal music set alongside South African traditional songs and laments and a full marimba orchestra.
QPAC - Concert Hall
Let Kate’s masterful songwriting and ethereal voice take you where there’s zero gravity. Don’t miss Australian music’s brightest star in a stellar performance unlike any other.
Witness four performers intertwine and connect, to bring this classic video game to life right in front of your eyes!
20 - 21 Sept
QPAC - Studio 1
This inspiring circus show by Brisbane’s very own Flipside Circus celebrates the memories and moments that make a life.
5 - 8 Sept
QPAC - Cremorne Theatre
One of the UK’s most significant performance-makers, Bryony Kimmings, returns to Brisbane with a masterpiece about motherhood, heartbreak and finding inner strength.
Get ready to party like it’s 1989! We’ve put together a smashing line-up for Riverstage’s official 30th birthday bash, featuring Hot Dub Time Machine, Cub Sport, Confidence Man, Last Dinosaurs and Clea.
This art-meets-technology water fountain, light-and-laser spectacle will illuminate the night and our river.
Brisbane, get ready to swoon as four of Australia’s leading stage and screen stars unite in true ‘Rat Pack’ style for a new kind of Bris-Vegas.
7 - 11 Sept
A secret performance. A one-man show. You’ll leave with a mix tape made from the audience’s memories and a promise never to speak about what you witnessed or else you’ll get kicked out.
6 - 12 Sept
Secret Location on King Street - Meet at The Tivoli
Think of the fantastical tales your parents used to read to you in bed when you were a child, and then imagine them coming to life...
17 - 19 Sept
Veinte Años explores the ancient textures of flamenco music, song and dance, woven together through an intricately-orchestrated score that will transport you to the heart of España. Olé!
Grammy Award-winning composer-producer-multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier will make his first ever appearance in Brisbane this September. The 24-year old prodigy has been dubbed one of the most innovative, creative musicians of his generation.
Here is Australia’s cabaret matriarch showing with brio and glamour why the throne has been his for the last two decades.
As the sun goes down, the pavement along King Street will light up with new artwork created by Ngugi woman Elisa Jane Carmichael, inspired by the poetry of Aboriginal writer Oodgeroo Noonuccal.
15 - 28 Sept
Steven Oliver’s (Black Comedy) gripping, darkly funny drama about a spiritual force and a family’s need to connect with it deep-dives into the connection between culture, grief and our humanity.
7 - 28 Sept
La Boite - Roundhouse Theatre
From the Dreamtime to the modern day, hear how the planet’s oldest continuing culture passes on knowledge to keep culture and law strong.
21 - 28 Sept
The Lord Mayor’s City Hall Concerts are back once again for a midday music break in the city, with Cigány Weaver, Catherine Lambert and performers from the Queensland Conservatorium.
10 - 24 Sept
Brisbane City Hall - Main Auditorium
Hilarious, surprising and completely on point, Anne Edmonds is the rockstar of Australian comedy and everybody knows it. Her punchlines don’t just sting, they poison.
Are you sick of getting sand in your bathers at the beach? Got linty jeans? Does your face look all shit in the mirror? Or are you just really sick of spoons? Sam Simmons has all the answers for you.
11 - 12 Sept
Writer, comedian and natural-born troublemaker John Safran has made a career of turning up where he isn’t wanted. Recently he’s been snooping around Aussie Nazis and jihadis...
11 - 14 Sept
Dive into the songs, stories and images of the Brisbane music scene over the last 30 years, exploring a world of musicians and managers, labels, producers and venues.
30 Aug - 19 Apr
Museum of Brisbane
“Quick-footed, sharp-witted, rapid-fire… and just about as polished as they come.” - The Advertiser
Renowned Brisbane mash-up rock/electro/punk/poppin’ funtime outfit Regurgitator have cooked up a sugar-soaked record written especially for kids and are bringing it live to The Tivoli!
14 - 15 Sept
This high-energy, super fun afternoon variety show is for all ages – from tots to teenagers and their mums and dads.
SMASHHDOWN! is Nine’s new children’s sports show, and it's coming to Brisbane Festival live!
This award winning, sidesplitting, slapstick comedy, circus routine takes the household wheelie bin to new heights, and delivers a dump-truck full of hilarity!
21 - 24 Sept
Think Burgo and Adriana hosting a kids party with trivia, a DJ, and a healthy dose of nonsense!
27 - 28 Sept
Follow Dr AudiYO, a beatboxing clown-come-superhero, as she sets off on a surreal adventure to slay The Beast, who’s on a rampage to silence the city.
25 - 26 Sept
In one mighty dance-battle royale, the north, south, east and west of Brisbane will compete in a storm of sequins, sweat and spandex to finally prove which side is the BEST!
This beautiful and funny production by Terrapin Puppet Theatre uses masks, shadow puppetry and physical theatre to tell an important story of culture, identity, bravery and friendship.
24 - 27 Sept
Kids, get ready to sing, dance and laugh along with Dan, giraffes who think they’re elephants, a blobfish who just wants to rock’n’roll, easily-frightened frill-necked lizards, and flatulent baby gorillas.
After being abducted by a troll, a girl must realise her destiny – and escape. What lies beyond his kingdom is a mystery, so she will need the strength of a giantess.
Theatre Republic - La Boite Studio
Brisbane’s award-winning Casus Circus are back with their most daring and intimate work yet, You & I.
Theatre Republic - The Block
Last year, Joel invited strangers into his hotel room for Biladurang. This year, he probes one of the paradoxes of our age: when so much is on offer, why are we left so desiring?
Theatre Republic - The Loft
Eight years ago, James’s best friend was diagnosed with heart cancer and told he had three months to live. His last wish was to be given a full Viking burial.
10 - 14 Sept
Five years ago, James met the love of his life. Two years later, they broke up. This is James’s story of falling in love, landing broken hearted, and being Best Man of Honour at Sarah and Emma’s wedding.
12 - 14 Sept
A couple of years ago, James’s friends asked for his sperm to start a family. This is an epic story about friendship, faith, life, death, foxes, snow buddies, and trying to do the right thing.
13 - 14 Sept
Orpheus is a tale of impossible, death-defying love in a world of dive bars, side streets and ancient gods, told through hair-raising spoken word and soaring soul music.
17 - 21 Sept
Eurydice is the sister production to the smash hit Orpheus. This is a story about making changes, taking leaps, and being a daily superhero.
A visionary new work about Chekhov, climate change and the end of the world. Blurring the line between the real and the imagined, the animate and the intimate, this spellbinding work combines puppetry, projection and beautiful prose.
Winner of three 2018 Melbourne Fringe Awards, including Best Performance, and two 2019 Green Room Awards for Best Writing and Best Ensemble.
What happens to romance when there’s a machine who cooks for you, cleans for you, never forgets your birthday, tells you you’re beautiful, holds you when you’re crying, and still makes you cum?
Annie Lee (The Kransky Sisters) presents her new show inspired by her life growing up in a fundamentalist religion.
The inimitable Tyrone and Lesley celebrate 20 years of brilliance with a ukulele-led dance of screen and song where there are no wallflowers. Charming, poetic, and unique – you will never see anything like this.
Featuring Queensland Symphony Orchestra, conductor Joseph Swensen and pianist Paul Lewis.
Using real biometric sensors and live voting systems, TRUTHMACHINE seeks out truth in a world of fake news and alternative facts.
10 - 21 Sept
Theatre Republic - The Glasshouse
Love latex and hate the patriarchy? Pour a drink, ditch the leash, and come revel in this twisted rehashing of the vintage sexism that drives how we live and love and fight and fuck.
Written and performed by Australia’s powerhouse spoken-word poet Omar Musa, this is riveting, politically-charged and deeply personal storytelling, inspired by the passing of Musa’s personal hero, Muhammad Ali.
After years of whispers, solo projects and one-off collaborations, Brisbane audiences will now be gifted with The Middle East's most enchanting songs, plus new and unreleased music.
With soaring melodies, lush instrumental textures and affecting lyrics, it’s music that makes you feel invincible and shows what has made Holy Holy one of Australia’s most popular acts.
This is the ultimate romantic ode to Brisbane, performed by 10 of our best home-grown female singers.
Joined by Underøath, Crossfaith, Trophy Eyes, Make Them Suffer, Void of Vision, Thornhill, Pagan, Endless Heights and Nerve Damage, this will be one of The Amity Affliction’s biggest shows yet – and just for Brisbane.
Directed by Haydn Green from Hear My Eyes, experience the Coen brothers’ Texas noir thriller No Country for Old Men paired with the riotous, mad, psych-punk sounds from Tropical Fuck Storm as they perform their original score live on stage alongside the film screening.
Following their heart-stopping collaborations and record-breaking performances via #1 Dads, Tom Snowdon and Tom Iansek formed the sonically immersive project No Mono.
Husky emerge from their studio hideaway to play select songs from their acclaimed albums and premiere selections from their new collection.
This will be Paul Dempsey’s first solo show in Brisbane in more than two years and fans are in for something very special indeed.
Multi-platinum indie pop singer-songwriter Emma Louise comes to Brisbane Festival to treat fans to special live versions of tracks from her ethereal and critically acclaimed latest album ‘Lilac Everything; A Project by Emma Louise’, as well the finest moments from her back catalogue.
The Tivoli transforms into a golden home of worship for an opening-night party that will raise its roof to the heavens.
Brisbane-based musician, singer and rapper Carmouflage Rose brings us the anthems we didn’t know we needed, filled with a tropical atmosphere and his signature dance-hall/reggae aesthetic.
Californian indie-rock band Girlpool weave in and out of concrete, direct, indie-rock songwriting and meditative, impressionistic dream pop.
No stranger to the Southern Hemisphere, Nashville singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle, on the back of his brilliant new album ‘The Saint of Lost Causes’, plays Brisbane Festival for the first time.
Mackay’s Tia Gostelow wrote ‘State of Art’ in 2015 when she was only 16 years old. Since then she has taken the music world by storm.
Featuring a superb line-up of Brisbane’s finest jazz singers and musicians, this event is one for all the cool cats ready to chill out.
8 - 22 Sept
After four years at the helm of the duo Tigerlilly, singer/songwriter Lydia Fairhall shares her much-loved sound with her new band, The Black She Oaks.
Two-time Queensland Music Award-winners MZAZA deliver Balkan-French sounds to vodka-drinking, sophisticated folk lovers around the world.
Perhaps the most celebrated string quartet ever to emerge from the USA, the Emerson String Quartet is making its first Australian tour in over 19 years
Queensland Conservatorium - Conservatorium Theatre
With a beautiful touch and an astonishing ear for the many colours of the piano, Paul Lewis in recital is a transcendent experience and a personal sharing of ideas and emotions not to be missed.
Known for his soulful lullabies and dreamy and intimate production, Bruno represents a soft, romantic side of R&B that feels both vulnerable and idyllic.
The night sky is our final canvas for Brisbane's night of nights. Sunsuper Riverfire ignites the skyline with a pyrotechnic extravaganza set to an almighty soundtrack celebrating 1989, Riverstage’s birthday year.
South Bank - Cultural Forecourt
Fire Gardens will transform Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens into a mesmerising dreamscape of smouldering archways and blazing installations. Make your way through this wondrous and maze-like garden and take part in an otherworldly experience to spark your imagination.
City Botanic Gardens