What's On

Our Picks of the Brisbane Festival 2013 Program

By Sophia McMeekin
12th Jun 2013

It's back! Brisbane Festival is on again soon (from the 7th – 28th of September, to be precise) and tonight marks the official launch of the festival program. To celebrate this happy occasion, we're bringing you our picks of the festival. These events are going to go off, so we suggest if you see something you like, grab yourself a ticket, ASAP!

The Spiegeltent | It's everybody's favourite tent, and this year it's staying up late. The Spiegeltent is playing host to some of the best Australian and international bands, cabaret, comedy, and jazz. And here's some good news party animals, the Spiegel is open until 3am, with late night programming on Fridays and Saturdays. If you can't wait to get your hands on a ticket, you can always head to the Spiegeltent Garden Bar.

The Wizard of Oz | The Wizard is going grunge. Making its world premiere at Bris' Fest', The Wizard of Oz is a modern retelling of L. Frank Baum's much-loved classic. This grungy reinterpretation of this well-loved tale is more of a Warholian wonderland than red slippers. Created by eminent playwright, Maxine Mellor and the award-winning collective, The Danger Ensemble, and led by acclaimed, local director Steven Mitchell Wright, we can't wait to catch this show.

Conversations with Ghosts | What do you get when you combine an Aussie rock legend with some of the world's most famous wordsmiths? Paul Kelly has created a once-in-a-lifetime song cycle, Conversations with Ghosts, combining his words with those of W.B. Yeats, Judith Wright, Les Murray, and teaming up with ANAM musicians for this beautiful meditation on love, morality, and time. This event is on for one night only, so snap up a ticket fast!

Paul Kelly conversations with ghosts Brisbane Festival

Ute Lemper | Singing the love poems of Nobel Prize-winner, Pablo Neruda, German cabaret-darling, Ute Lemper will appear onstage at QPAC alongside renowned Argentinian bandoneon player, Marcelo Nisinman. Famed for her interpretations of Kurt Weill, Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf, and more, Ute will also perform her much-loved interpretations of timeless classics from Berlin to Broadway.

La Soirée | Back by popular demand, La Soirée returns to run riot at The Spiegeltent with a dazzling show featuring new performers and many of your old favourites. This saucy, witty performance showcases the crème de la crème of twisted cabaret entertainers from around the world.

Freeze FrameWritten, directed, and choreographed by three-time Emmy award-winning legend, Debbie Allen, this show will blow you away. With 'break the floor' dance moves, soulful voices, and the untold true story of how art, dance, and music can transform lives, this world-premiere performance will fuse dance, music, cinema, and theatre to bring the passion and pain of Los Angeles' toughest streets to Brisbane.

Urban | This show has been all over, from Columbia to Paris, and now it's unleashing its unique force of energy to the very last seat and back in Brisbane. Urban is a circus of the streets, revealing a city of joy and violence where dance and music are the safety valves of everyday life. Infused with reggae and Latin hip hop, Urban features volcanic, wild, but perfectly mastered acrobatics for all ages.

LEO | The laws of gravity do not apply to this performance. Think saxophones played in mid air and breakdancing on the wall, this is award-winning, unparalleled physical theatre for all ages. This hilarious one-man show will send your senses topsy-turvy.

QUT Theatre Republic | Spend the evening in the immersive outdoor lounge bar or at one of the QUT Theatre Republic's many venues—located in the creative precinct of the Kelvin Grove QUT campus—enjoying an array of theatre ranging from high camp cult-classics like Psycho Beach Party to rock'n'roll cabarets in The Men My Mother Loved and erotic finger puppetry in When Claude Met Roxy.

TUL Note: Today's List Love post is proudly sponsored by Brisbane Festival and endorsed by The Urban List. Our sponsored posts will never be a secret - the List Love seal will be stamped on any sponsored material you see on the site. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible.

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