Brisbane Insider: September 2017

Events galore, the return of a ballet legend to the stage and tennis superstars announcing a stop in Brisbane on their way to the Australian Open—discover what’s happening in Brisbane this month.

Brisbane Festival bigger and better than ever

Sunsuper Riverfire

A September headliner in the city’s event calendar, Brisbane Festival is turning the city fifty shades of pink with its three-week program of everything arts and culture. From comedy and cabaret to visual arts, theatre and music, the festival will entertain audiences with events at South Bank, Riverstage, Brisbane City Hall, the Tivoli and Brisbane Powerhouse.

Of course, the main event will be celebrated with a bang during Sunsuper Riverfire on 24 September. Here’s some of the best seats in the house.

Awards for Brisbane hotels

The 2017 HM Awards for Accommodation Excellence were held in Sydney on 1 September, with a number of Brisbane hotels listed as finalists. Brisbane Emporium Hotel won Best Environmental Program and Next Hotel Brisbane took the gong for Best Tech Hotel.

Huge congratulations to all the finalists and winners—it is a testament to Brisbane’s high-quality accommodation offerings.

QLD Ballet 2018 season previewed

“2018 is the year Queensland Ballet dares to dream”, the Queensland Ballet website promises. Special guests were treated to a preview of the 2018 season’s La Bayadere, taking the stage in March, and Cinderella, back to charm audiences at the Lyric Theatre in September.

The pièce de résistance for the 2018 season is stellar. “Mao’s Last Dancer”, Li Cunxin, is coming out of retirement to star in a special performance of The Nutcracker for one night only on 10 December. If you miss out on tickets to the performance, a special exhibition, “Mao’s Last Dancer The Exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin”, will be on display at the Museum of Brisbane from 1 December and will feature interviews, objects and documents from Li’s personal archives.

Tickets for Queensland Ballet’s 2018 season are on sale now.

KINKY BOOTS to dazzle Brisbane until 22 October

Kinky Boots

Haven't made it to KINKY BOOTS yet? Take advantage of this special offer* and catch it before it struts right out of the Lyric Theatre.

Follow the entertaining journey from a working-class shoe factory to the runways of Milan at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC until 22 October. With Tony and Grammy Award winning songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, book by Broadway royalty Harvey Fiersteign and Tony winning direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell, KINKY BOOTS has been described as the best musical to hit town in years.

*Please note that terms and conditions apply to this offer.

Brisbane Global Rugby Tens to launch the 2018 rugby season

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced that 14 world-class teams will descend on Suncorp Stadium in February. Event organisers have responded to fan feedback and next year will see new day-night matches, kicking off on Friday and Saturday afternoon and continuing into the night. New to the competition, star-studded French club Pau and Olympic sevens gold medallists Fiji will contest the 2018 tournament alongside the Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby clubs. Two standout teams from 2017, Japan’s Panasonic Wild Nights and Samoa, will round out the 2018 field.

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the rugby revolution as tickets and corporate and hospitality packages are on sale now.

Kickoff countdown for Rugby League World Cup

Rugby League World Cup

The countdown begins as the Rugby League World Cup kicks off in less than 50 days. Brisbane will host an exciting men’s semi-final on 24 November, and will transform for the action-packed men’s and women’s finals on 2 December. Let’s hope we get to cheer the home teams on.

Tickets are available through Ticketek.

Brisbane International draws two major players

Brisbane International

Tennis superstars Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have announced they will play in the Brisbane International before competing in the Australian Open next year. Rafa returns to the Brisbane International after enjoying his tournament debut in 2017; and Andy Murray has won this tournament more than once. Wouldn’t that be a dream final?

Tickets are available through Ticketek.

Devour the Museum of Brisbane’s latest exhibition

Tastes Like Sunshine

Exploring the flavoursome side of our city, Tastes Like Sunshine is on now at Brisbane Museum. The exhibition reveals our rich food culture through contemporary art, stories and historical accounts. Featuring exciting new works by Elizabeth Willing, Sean Rafferty and Carol McGregor, Tastes like Sunshine engages all five senses. And yes, that is a wall of toasted marshmallows.

Sip on this

Ocean View Estates is hosting Sunday Sessions in the Binary on 1 October, 12 November and 10 December. Gather a group and head to the vineyard for a casual Sunday afternoon session overlooking the chardonnay vineyard with canapes, dessert platters and live music.

Bookings can be made here.

Save the world in 90 minutes

Picture this: you’re on the edge of the zombie apocalypse and it’s your job to save the world in 90 minutes. Over ten days Brisbane Powerhouse will be transformed into a paramilitary-protected, private research facility for Containment—a 90-minute, strategy-based, highly immersive team adventure.

Directors of the Extraordinary, creators of the Gatsby Gamble, bring Containment to the Brisbane Powerhouse from 18-29 October, so prepare to be amazed.

Don your lederhosen for Oktoberfest 2017

Pull out the lederhosen from where its sat since last year and head to the Brisbane Showgrounds to celebrate Oktoberfest from 6-8 and 13-15 October. Indulge in tradition and try bratwurst, pork knuckles (Schweinshaxe), as well as Black Forest cake (Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte) with a side of German-brewed beer.