Familiar pink bunnies of the gargantuan variety have been spotted about town heralding the onset of Brisbane Festival’s fifth season like a pair of eager groundhogs promising an end to the cultural winter.
At 10am on Saturday September 6 Brisbane Festival 2014 will kick off at the new Festival Hub, the South Bank Cultural Forecourt. Revellers are invited to get in amongst exciting festival landmarks that have been titillating passers-by during their build: Exxopolis, the inflatable city soaring to heights of up to ten meters and the towering bamboo sculptures of the Brisbane Airport Light Garden will be finally opened for exploration.
As night falls, Santos GLNG Twilight Music Series will entertain diners and strollers in the lead up to a jam-packed opening-weekend program. Opening night alone will spoil for choice starting with a free, gravity-defying aerial visual performance, Do Do Land (based on Alice in Wonderland) by Grupo Puja! This will take place over at Reddacliff Place (that is actually forty meters above it). The Telstra Spiegeltent will launch early in the evening with a one-off show by multi-award winning hip-hop sensation Urthboy in Make Me a Mixtape. And Akram Khans much anticipated masterpiece DESH, brought to town through Arts Queensland’s Super Star Fund will hold court at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) Playhouse from 8pm.
And if after all that, you’re still greedy for more, LIMBO awaits you back at the Spiegeltent for a dirty and dangerous circus-cabaret ‘so hot that Madonna came twice’, with late night DJ to soothe you through those early Sunday hours.
There is so much on offer for at Brisbane Festival 2014 across all our well-loved local venues from Judith Wright to Bille Brown and of course it’s no secret that the American Ballet is in town. The best plan of attack is to head over to the Festival website and trawl what’s on offer from music and theatre to visual arts, talks, and a family program.
Noel Staunton will finish his five-year term as Brisbane Festival Artistic Director at the end of September and has said that he wants to see the whole city turn out for the biggest opening weekend he has ever programmed.
“Beyond the opening weekend, we have nightly entertainment to suit everyone’s taste and budget” Staunton then warned, “tickets have already sold out to a lot of performances so make sure you do not miss out.”
The Brisbane Festival runs from 6 to 27 September 2014. For more information visit brisbanefestival.com.au.