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7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do At Brisbane Festival This Year

By Rachel Lay - 11 Jul 2017

things to do Brisbane, brisbane festival 2017
things to do Brisbane, brisbane festival 2017
things to do Brisbane, brisbane festival 2017
things to do Brisbane, brisbane festival 2017
 things to do Brisbane, brisbane festival 2017
things to do Brisbane, brisbane festival 2017
things to do Brisbane, brisbane festival 2017
things to do Brisbane, brisbane festival 2017
things to do Brisbane, brisbane festival 2017
 things to do Brisbane, brisbane festival 2017

There are few events that mark the times in Brisbane. There’s the jacarandas that remind students that it’s dreaded exam season once again, and there’s the delightful inundation of pink that signals that Brisbane Festival is back. Just between us, we know which one we prefer. Hint: it’s not exams.

If you live in Brisbane and you haven’t yet experienced Brisbane Festival we’ve got some questions for you (namely: HOW?!) but we’ll skip the judgement and instead hit you with seven huuuge reasons to add Brisbane Festival’s frivolities to your calendar, stat.

And if you have been? Well done. This year you’re in for a whole new round of fun, and some seriously unexpected thrills.

There’s more than just fireworks, guys.

#1 Get Down At A Romeo And Juliete Masquerade Rock Ball

The Tivoli is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, which means it’s only fitting that they join in on the fun of Brisbane Festival to celebrate. One such event is Young Hearts Run Free: the ultimate 90s masquerade ball rock show that brings to life Baz Luhrmann’s modern (and heart breaking) masterpiece Romeo + Juliet with live performances of the entire sound track. Yes, the entire sound track. Now to find an outfit that will do the film proud…

Tickets? Get yours here!

#2 See Brisbane Legends The Saints Perform Live

Bob Geldof said that the '70s were changed by three bands; the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, and The Saints. Luckily for Brisbane, The Saints one of our greatest exports, and their founding member, song writer, and guitarist Ed Kuepper will be revisiting their music with The Aints 2.0 and performing songs spanning across their full catalogue. Plus, The Preatures, and Australian supergroup Tex, Don and Charlie will be putting on shows too.

Tickets? Get yours here!

#3 …And International Superstars, Too

Brisbane Festival has called on melancholy, indie sensation, London Grammar to host a mini-festival at the Riverstage. It’s a huge deal to secure these guys, as they’ll be sharing their superb sophomore album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing live for the first time. In Brisbane. Yup—Brisbane is legit! London Grammar will be supported by some of our fave indie music acts, featuring noneother than James Vincent McMorrow, Kite String Tangle, Mansionair, and Wafia which makes the whole thing THAT much more exciting, TBH. 

Tickets? Get yours here!

#4 Experience Dance, But Not As You’ve Seen It

From the masterminds behind Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and The Peacock Princess comes the must-see dance event of the year—Under Seige. Except, as the name may suggest, this isn’t your ordinary dance performance. It’s a jaw-dropping reimagining of the intensely climactic battle between the Chu and Han armies in ancient China. You may recognise the story from Farewell My Concubine. The performance brings together Pekin Opera, hip hop, ballet, contemporary dance, classical, and folk music. Phew—it’s going to be epic.

Tickets? Get yours here!

#5 Head To A Parisian Music Hall

The Tivoli will transform into a Parisian music hall this September for the Australian premiere of Orpheus, a Little Bulb Theatre and Battersea Arts centre production. Aside from a thrilling play, there’s also costumed waiters, a delicious French menu, French wine, and free live music before the show. Get your Bretton stripes and berets out people, this is going to be a goodie.

Tickets? Get yours here!

#6 Answer All Of Life’s Ethical Dilemmas

Who knew theatre was the key to unlocking all of life’s ethical dilemmas? Brisbane Festival, that’s who. They’re bringing game-changing play Terror, by German defence lawyer and author Ferdinand von Schirach. The premise? A hijacked plane is headed toward a packed football stadium, a fighter pilot ignores orders and shoots down the plane, killing 164 people to save a football stadium packed with 70,000 people. He’s put on trial and charged with murder and his fate rests entirely in the hands of the audience. Yep, that’s you.

Tickets? Get yours here!

#7 Catch A Puppet Show And A Pop Show

We’ll forgive you if your last foray into the puppet world was Sesame Street. Laser Beak Man brings puppets back onto the scene with more than 35 original puppets, inspired by the drawings of Brisbane artist Tim Sharp. As if that wasn’t enough fun, there’s also fully functioning 3D puppets, form-pushing animations, and even drone-like 3D flying objects.

Tickets? Get yours here!

Brisbane Festival takes over Brisbane for 22 days of wonder from the September 9 – 30. To find out what else is on, check out the full programme here.

Image credit: Images provided by Brisbane Festival.

Editor’s Note: This article was produced in partnership with Brisbane Festival because we think the whole thing is pretty awesome. To find out more about who we work with (and why), click here

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