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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | January 23, 2021

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Nahima Kern

It’s fair to say 2020 has been a shocker of a year. With many in the arts industry facing uncertain times, it has been tough. Nevertheless, rising from the ashes of this uncertainty is Brisbane Festival. There had been a call out earlier this year for Brisbane to come together and vote for their suburb to host a Bris Fest event. We wrote about it here.

But now we are delighted to report that Brisbane Festival will indeed return in September to bring “giant outdoor installations, intimate street concerts, suburban symphonies and an epic new light and laser installation.” This will be an event not to be missed.

Led by Artistic Director, Louise Bezzina the festival will arrive September 4 and continue till the 26th, reaching 190 suburbs in Brisbane with a unique line up of events. “Programming this year’s festival was a bumpy ride but one that allowed us to stretch our imagination, redefine the expectations and experiences of an international arts festival and really shine a light on the rice seam of exceptional talent running through this city and this state.” Ms Bezzina said.

There will be 490 performances to come across 91 events (73 of which are free) 28 new works have been commissioned and 700 local artists will be engaged to create this one of a kind event.

So who can we expect to see at Bris Fest this year? Yuggera and Turrbal man Shannon Ruska will begin the event with Jumoo – a “city wide smoking ceremony.” Messengers of Brisbane will be a large-scale art project by Florentijn Hofman. There will be the Sunsuper Night Sky across Brisbane, Leviathan at QPAC, All You Need Is Love, a Brass Band flash mob, Street Serenades, the biggest concert in Brisbane’s history, Hot Mess Mama a cul-de-sac Cabaret by Emma Dean and so much more.

But with all this excitement in store it is also important to note that each and every festival event will comply with COVID-19 safe plans and directions.

So dust off your Sunday best, put away the trackies and get ready for the time of your life, this September.

The Details:
What: Brisbane Festival
Where: Brisbane City and Surroundings
When: September 4 – 26

More on Brisbane Festival program here.

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