Your Guide to Opening Weekend

Itineraries

Your Guide
to Opening Weekend

3 - 5 Sept

South Bank → Northshore, Hamilton

Start your weekend taking in a world premiere or two, explore BOQ Festival Garden, and cruise aboard Brisbane's Art Boat

#Fri 3 Sept

#01 – Choose your own adventure

This evening you have two scene stealers to choose from.
Either way, you’ll be leaving South Bank ready for more!

Boy Swallows Universe

Boy Swallows Universe

7:30pm at QPAC

See the highly anticipated world premiere season of Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe as the blockbuster Australian novel comes alive onstage.

Limited tickets

David Campbell: Back in the Swing

David Campbell: Back in the Swing

7:30pm at South Bank Piazza, BOQ Festival Garden

Transforming the South Bank Piazza into a haven of hip, is all-round entertainer David Campbell bringing his big band show to Brisbane for one night only.

#02 – Grab a bite to eat

If you're feeling hungry, choose from one of these Festival favourites in South Bank.

Gnocchi served next to a platter of cheeses.

The Spaghetti House Trattoria

10% off for ticketholders on show day*

Ciao! The perfect intimate setting to enjoy a rustic Italian fare, The Spaghetti House Trattoria is ready to welcome your famiglia. *Groups of 8 or less.

Spice Central Kitchen & Bar

Spice Central Kitchen & Bar

10% off for Festival ticketholders 3 - 25 Sept

Fresh and local produce that is passionately prepared and underscored by an impressive local and international wine list.


#Sat 4 Sept

#01 – Start the day with a matinee

Take it nice and easy, as you're in for a party tonight!

Ishmael

Ishmael

2pm at QPAC

Head to South Bank after lunch and book yourself in for a matinee show of Ishmael.

This world premiere is the latest work by the internationally acclaimed Dead Puppet Society who lend their trademark magic to Herman Melville’s beloved classic Moby Dick.

02 – Your official welcome
to BOQ Festival Garden

Arrive in the afternoon as we unveil the brand-new Festival hub popping up amongst the bougainvillea.

#03 – It's party time!

Enter the piazza for a late show of Razzle Dazzle Riot.

Razzle Dazzle Riot

Razzle Dazzle Riot

9:15pm at South Bank Piazza, BOQ Festival Garden

Featuring a glam squad of drag bombshells and badass babes, it’s a roaring evening with the best in the biz.


#Sun 5 Sept

#01 – Destination River

Start your Sunday in style with a cruise on Brisbane’s newest floating art experience. Immerse yourself in the colourful, kinetic sound and light installations Sky Castle and Airship Orchestra.

Brisbane’s Art Boat: Northshore Loop

Brisbane’s Art Boat: Northshore Loop

3:30pm at Hamilton, Northshore

All aboard! Take your place on Brisbane’s Art Boat for a leisurely afternoon cruise.

While you’re floating down the river, take some time to wander through the interactive Airship Orchestra, enjoy live performances and visit the pop-up bar.

Sky Castle

Sky Castle

Hamilton, Northshore

A magical dreamscape of inflatable arches, this ethereal symphonic work changes colour as visitors move through its luminous arches.

#02 – Feeling peckish?

Around sunset, head to local hotspot Eat Street Markets before making your way back to South Bank for the final spectacle of the weekend.

Oysters and wine anyone?

03 – Be transported

A remarkable fashion experience awaits, involving designers from across Australia.

First Nations Fashion: Walking in Two Worlds will showcase Indigenous fashion, dance, film and live music in a fashion show like no other. You’ll be glad you didn’t miss it!

7:30pm at South Bank Piazza, BOQ Festival Garden


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