Each year, Brisbane Festival continue to outdo themselves.
Running nearly a month between 8 – 29 September there is no excuse to NOT at least one event. Further to this, there are plenty of free events so you really don’t have an excuse!
The major highlight is the annual Riverfire which is a spectacular display over our amazing Brisbane River and is a spectacular way to close the festival.
Becoming a new tradition since last year is the new City of Lights, a light laser and special effects show set along to a musical backdrop with the best seats by way of a special lounge area in the Cultural Forecourt of South Bank.
A first for the festival this year is the relocation of the famous Spiegeltent from King George Square to the Cultural Forecourt in South Bank. A smart move as this means those who are on their way to shows at the Speigeltent will be able to catch the City of Lights.
Another new Bris Fest addition are the multi-tix discounts! I.e. 20% off ticket price if buying 5+ tickets. Which apply even on top of the concession prices (this category applies to those under 30 as well)! That’s a huge incentive to see amazing shows/fabulous artists/performers and to try something new and exciting. Who knows? You may enjoy yourself more than you think.
My schedule so far in chronological order (not including the free events I’m attending):
- Best We Forget – set up as a panel discussion, “Adelaide Fringe Award-winning company isthisyours? presents a hilarious theatrical insight into forgetfulness and our desire not to be forgotten”. Looks to be both thought-provoking and entertaining.
- Nada Surf – I have waited so long to see these guys and will be there, most likely crying whilst singing along. THIS IS UP THERE WITH ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR FOR ME. NOT EVEN JUST AS A TOP GIG BUT AS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING THINGS TO HAPPEN TO ME DURING 2012. #capitalsdenoteexcitement
- Ghost Wash – expolores late 70s and 80s Brisbane music to “revive a disappeared musical era with sound art, visual projections and musical improvisation” and set out the back of Metro Arts theatre. This also gives me an excuse to eat at Verve Cafe, one of my favourite places to eat in the CBD.
- Blind Date – first sold out theatre show of Brisbane Festival! You may have missed out but you’ll definitely hear about it from those lucky enough to get a date. You are blindfolded and meet your date, a stranger, who takes your hand and leads you around Brisbane on a journey. As an explorer, there could be nothing more fun than forgoing a dependency on sight and relying on your other senses.
- Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – yes, Stephen Malkmus of 90s indie fame as the lead singer of Pavement is going to be playing inside the Spiegeltent. AND they’re playing two shows!
- Tender Napalm – “This is the story of you and your first great love. This engrossing new play tells of passion’s destructive side, following a young couple from first attraction to consuming devotion.”. This tale is part theatre, part dance, part brutal, part honest. With several shows on offer, do not miss out! The La Boite Theatre Company never fail to provide amazing performances that will be raved about for a long time and stick with you.
Have I yet mentioned how much I love Brisbane yet? Yep. I do. And this is just one of the many reasons that I do.