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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | July 25, 2021

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Brisbane Festival Announces Street Serenades

Brisbane Festival Announces Street Serenades
Taylor Furby

There’ll be music in the streets and concerts in the cul-de-sacs when Brisbane Festival brings the music to the people from 4 – 26 September.

The Street Serenades program of free mini-concerts and musical moments brings world-class artists to perform in each of Brisbane’s 190 suburbs across the festival.

The epic Street Serenades music program features some of Brisbane’s best contemporary musicians, finest classical musicians, DJs, cabaret shows, circus, intimate concerts and acoustic sets.

Brisbane residents can enjoy an evening of classical music courtesy of pop-up performances by Queensland Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Voices and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, welcome the weekend with a gig by Busby Marou, Sycco, Eliza and the Delusionals, Hope D and Jaguar Jonze, and experience performances by Sahara Beck and Pink Matter from the comfort of their veranda.

Cabaret and physical theatre performances by Oscar Production Company, Briefs Factory and The Little Red Company will add a touch of sparkle to suburban streets and parks and Melissa Western, Balairi and Karl S. Williams will add some funk and soul to the streets alongside beatboxer Tom Thum.


Brisbane Festival Artistic Director Louise Bezzina said Street Serenades was created to bring the Festival to the people and fill the city with art, music and celebration. “This is a fabulous opportunity for people to come together with their family and their neighbours, sit out on their driveway and their verandas and be entertained by a fantastic group of musicians,” Ms Bezzina said.

“Amid the tumult of international lockdowns, I was so heartened to see news footage of spontaneous singalongs on Italian balconies, tight-knit US communities choreographing socially distant dance performances, bands on the back of trucks playing music as they drove through Spanish streets and, closer to home, neighbours enjoying driveway drinks.

“It is so important for Brisbane Festival to bring that same hope, joy and sense of connection to every part of Brisbane, as well as to celebrate the depth of incredible talent that exists among Brisbane and Queensland artists.”



Brisbane Festival will start with a bang – and a clash – on the opening weekend when musicians pop up throughout the suburbs as part of All You Need Is Love.

Brass bands and bold artists will perform an uplifting playlist reflecting the theme of love in a series of serendipitous suburban surprises from Friday 4 September to Sunday 6 September.
Renowned Brisbane singer and songwriter Emma Dean channels Mother Earth in Hot Mess Mama, a brand new work that will make its debut on the streets of Brisbane during Street Serenades, as well as on stage at The Tivoli.

Hot Mess Mama is a cynical celebration about the end of the world featuring original music, a live band, musical mayhem and an open invitation for Brisbane to party like it’s their last day on earth.
Experience Classic Brisbane, a delightful program set to a different beat and performed outdoors by a quintet from Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra featuring well known classical masterpieces alongside iconic songs from Brisbane’s Savage Garden and the Go-Betweens.
Street Serenades pop-up performances will be held between 4pm and 9pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during Brisbane Festival.

Neighbours are expected to comply with COVID-19 social distancing and mass gathering guidelines. Street Serenades is supported by Brisbane Festival’s Giving Program. The reimagined Brisbane Festival 2020 will be held from 4 to 26 September.

For more information, including updates and announcements, visit or follow Brisbane Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

: Brisbane Festival – Street Serenades
Where: Various locations
When: 4 – 26 September 2020, check website for performance times
How Much: Free
Website: link to website

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