03
Sep
12

There’s no time to sleep! It’s September!

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FAST Festival  |  Brisbane Writer’s Festival  |  Brisbane Festival

That’s right. Spring has sprung and it’s Brisbane’s festival month.

I hope you’ve caught up on some sleep because September just went to ludicrous speed!

During Brisbane Festival’s fabulous opening weekend, I’ll be flitting between the Brisbane Writer’s Festival, La Boite & QUT Creative Industries’ FAST Festival and the Brisbane Festival events. If you want to keep up, follow XS Entertainment on Twitter and Instagram (whilst at ludicrous speed, there will be no #photoaday for me this month!).

Brisbane Festival unveils huge opening weekend line-up

Brisbane Festival (8-29 September) begins this weekend, its biggest, longest celebration.

On Saturday 8 September, free entertainment will start from 4.30pm in the Queen Street Mall and Reddacliff Place with two live music stages, then crossing over to South Bank, at 5pm an Indigenous ceremony will fill the banks of the river with music and atmosphere.

Spectators should then stake out a good viewing spot for the first showing of the new Santos GLNG City of Lights presented by Events Queensland at 7pm – a choreographed music and light spectacular with water features shooting 60m metres in the air from 30 metre towering structures on the river, and lights and lasers from barges and rooftops.

Santos GLNG Lounge at South Bank Cultural Forecourt will be buzzing with atmosphere, food and beverage outlets and unique installations, including the multicultural, multi-coloured Brisbane Airport International Lantern Garden and a giant disco ball between the QPAC towers.

Festival goers can stay in the Lounge for further showing of Santos GLNG City of Lights at 8pm and 9pm, or take in some of Brisbane Festival’s fantastic opening night shows.

In The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent, international cabaret sensation La Soirée will amaze, amuse, appal and arouse audiences with burlesque-circus-cabaret shows at 7.15 and 9.30pm, while DJs will take to the stage from 11pm to keep Brisbane partying into the night.

Featuring the stars of the Olivier Award-winning La Clique, La Soirée has brought the house down everywhere from New York to Paris and London to Montreal, selling out every night.

At QPAC, the world premiere of S by internationally acclaimed contemporary circus company Circa will show at 8pm.

In 2010, the Brisbane-based ensemble premiered the global phenomenon Wunderkammer at Brisbane Festival and went on to tour Berlin, London, New York, Paris and Montreal to unanimous rave reviews. This year, S promises to raise the bar even further for the world of contemporary circus.

For those seeking an alternative experience, Brisbane Festival’s program for independent artists will also get started on Saturday 8 September with a cutting edge music night courtesy of Lofly Records and curators Happy Endings outside Metro Arts on Edward Street.

At South Bank Cultural Forecourt, Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre will perform Life In Miniature, a contemporary dance work set in a 1970s caravan driven to Brisbane from Perth, while another reality of Brisbane will be presented at Still Night, an imaginative lecture with a twist by talented artists from the UK and Italy.

In other corners of the city, at the Judith Wright Centre Dancenorth will perform their work Mass, which is inspired by natural disasters in Queensland, and at the Brisbane Powerhouse a ‘Literary Love-In’ will wrap wordsmiths and bookworms in its embrace.

After a huge opening night, Brisbane Festival goers can chill out with a Sunday program featuring daytime jazz and an evening performance by Indigenous icon Archie Roach at The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent, and a matinee featuring the world famous Vienna Boys Choir at QPAC.

Brisbane Festival Artistic Director Noel Staunton said his ambition was to make Brisbane to stay up past its bedtime throughout September.

“This year South Bank will transform into the beating heart of Brisbane Festival with stunning light installations and endless opportunities for families to come early, grown-ups to stay late, and for audiences to see multiple events within one precinct. Don’t miss out,” Mr Staunton said.

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council and runs from 8 to 29 September 2012.

For more information visit www.brisbanefestival.com.au

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