Brisbane Festival Launch

Brisbane Festival

Michelle Bull gives us the low down on this year’s Brisbane Festival!

Well, it’s that time of year again. That’s right Brisbane, it’s time to shine your shoes, slap on a fresh coat of lipstick and dive headfirst into what looks to be an absolute cracker of a Brisbane Festival in 2012!

From the 8th to the 29th of September, Brisbane City and surrounds will come alive with theatre, dance, cabaret, opera, art instillations, circus, pyrotechnics, comedy, family shows and more as the Brisbane Festival presents possibly its most thrilling lineup yet! As this year’s Festival launched to an excited and enthusiastic crowd, I realised just how huge this year’s Festival was and that with everything I wanted to see, just how huge my September would be!

La Soiree

La Soiree

With ‘Brisbane stories, artists and companies’ as a key focus of this year’s Festival, local talent will present our own stories alongside leading national and international acts. The popular Courier Mail Spiegeltent will once again play home to a stellar lineup including 
La Soirée (La Clique), Julia Stone, Lanie Lane, Archie Roach, Ingrid Michaelson, Jonathan Wilson, Mia Dyson, Horrorshow
, Nada Surf, and Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks.

Continuing the fun after dark, late night Argentina will hit the stage in the form of Soema Montenegro, 34 Puñaladas and Franco Luciani (virtuosic harmonica player and ensemble).

Not to mention an abundance of comedy and family shows on offer, including Holly Throsby – See!  Dr Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown and his Singing Tiger and funny people Corinne Grant, Mikey Robins 
and Greg Fleet providing more than a giggle or two.

Soap - The Show

Soap – The Show

Sharing in the fun, both central and suburban Brisbane venues and streets will come alive with a kaleidoscope of performances, installations and displays. Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Judith Wright Centre, the Queensland Conservatorium, Southbank Parklands, La Boite, Moreton Bay College, Brookside Shopping Centre, QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Mt Ommaney Centre, Sandgate Town Hall and Roma Street will all play host to artists and events including:

Rufus Wainwright (presenting songs from his new album Out of Bounds…I’m a huge fan, highly recommend this one!)

Boundary Street (composed and performed by jazz legend James Morrison)

Soap – The Show (circus, comedy, cabaret)

Tom Thum

The Vienna Boys Choir

Circa (toted as sinuous, sophisticated, sensual and savage…sounds superb!)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Nijinsky (The Hamburg Ballet)

Mana (performed by Israel’s Vertigo Dance Company)

Angela’s Kitchen (Paul Capsis) (I have heard stories about how amazing this artist is, so I’m determined to catch this show!)

No Child… (Nijala Sun – New York)

Mass (Dancenorth)

The Wau Wau Sisters

Kodo & Taikoz

Argentine Music Concert

Kuss Quartet (presented by Musica Viva & Brisbane Festival)

Mnozil Brass

Mad (Meryl Tankard)

Tender Napalm (La Boite Theatre Company – another one on my must-see list)

Dance Energy (Dancenorth, Expressions Dance Company & Queensland Ballet)

L’Orfeo (Australian Brandenburg Orchestra)



 The Queensland Symphony Orchestra will offer up some fantastic works this year as they present Symphony Under the Stars along with Bluebeard’s Castle (featuring Lisa Gasteen & Daniel Sumegi), as well as Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov (conducted by Edvard Tchivzhel, featuring Russian pianist Nikolai Demidenko).

Just across the way The Queensland Conservatorium will be presenting Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Bottesini’s World (featuring double bass by Thomas Martin).


But wait there’s more!


Lighting the skies will be Santos GLNG City of Lights Laser Show, The Brisbane Airport International Lantern Garden all culminating in the mammoth Sunsuper Riverfire which is set to kick off at noon on September 29th.

Phew! So if you have plans for September, a sandy island getaway perhaps or leisurely road trip down the coast…cancel them immediately. There is NO WAY you want to miss this year’s Brisbane Festival!

With a creative treasure for everyone no matter what your artistic persuasion, from opera to dance, theatre, comedy or cabaret, Brisbane Festival 2012 is set to be the event of the year, so clear your calendar, dust off your glad-rags and jump onto the Brisbane Festival Website to grab your tickets before you miss out…

See you at the Festival!

Santos City of Lights

Santos City of Lights. Image by Geoff Francis.


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