Tue, Aug 21


The 2018 shows and events to get excited about

Get your calendar ready for 2018 – these shows are going to add colour to it. From annual festivals to major new exhibitions and blockbuster musicals, these are the events that have been announced.



Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Carole King’s rise to stardom and the musical catalogue that ensued is celebrated in this inspiring musical. As one of the year’s most anticipated shows, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical traces King’s journey from schoolgirl to a worldwide star who finally found her true voice. It features hits including ‘Natural Woman’, ‘I Feel The Earth Move’ and ‘Locomotion’.

13 July to 1 September at QPAC

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert

Priscilla is one of Australia’s most famous musical exports. ‘It’s Raining Men’, ‘I Will Survive’ and ‘I Love The Nightlife’ form the background of the sassy story of three fabulous friends taking a battered bus to Alice Springs to put on a show of a lifetime. It features more than 500 costumes and 200 headdresses, and promises more glitter than ever.

From 26 September at QPAC



Brisbane Writers Festival

From fact to fantasy, the written word inspires in so many ways. Whether you escape through books or use them to challenge yourself, you will find a talk to suit your literary persuasions when Brisbane Writers Festival returns with speakers ranging from Dr Karl to The Devil Wears Prada author, Lauren Weisberger.

4–7 September at State Library of Queensland


It’s one of the city’s biggest music events and BIGSOUND Festival will continue to celebrate Australian music in 2018. As well as being an industry conference, the festival is also your chance to take a four-day musical excursion as you hop between bars in Fortitude Valley.

4–7 September at Fortitude Valley

Brisbane Festival

Brisbane Festival – our annual arts bonanza of music, cabaret, circus and theatre – will turn the city pink for 22 days at the start of spring. It all wraps up in a glittering flurry of colour for Riverfire on 29 September. The full program has now been announced, and there are 600 performances on the bill.

8–29 September across Brisbane



Wildlife Photographer of the Year

It’s one of the world’s most prestigious photography competitions, and Wildlife Photographer of the Year is about to exhibit in Brisbane for the first time. This touring exhibition presents 100 awe-inducing photographs that capture the majesty and vastness of the natural world.

30 August to 4 November at Brisbane Powerhouse

The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9)

GOMA’s signature art series is back. From Turkey to Hawaii and our own shores, the Asia Pacific Triennial series is a vast survey of contemporary art. Returning for the ninth time, APT9 will showcase works that reimagine traditional practice and showcase the diversity of nature, history and culture.

24 November, 2018 to 28 April, 2019 at GOMA

Easton Pearson

Local fashion designers Lydia Pearson and Pamela Easton became an important part of the Australian fashion landscape with their colourful label, Easton Pearson. After gifting their archive of more than 3,300 garments to Museum of Brisbane, a major exhibition is being planned to showcase their sartorial legacy.

22 November 2018 to 18 April 2019 at Museum of Brisbane


-- BALLET  --

International Series

Some of the world’s finest ballet dancers are bound for Brisbane in November, when QPAC presents Italy’s Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company – or, La Scala for short. La Scala is one of the oldest and most respected ballet companies in the world, and this is the first time the company has ever performed in Australia.

7–18 November at QPAC


After launching in 2017, Queensland Ballet is bringing back Bespoke. In a collaboration with Expressions Dance Company, this production challenges assumptions about dance. The new dance experience is performed together with film, photography and sculpture.

9–17 November at Brisbane Powerhouse

The Nutcracker 

It's not Christmas without seeing Queensland Ballet's annual delight, The Nutcracker. This beloved Christmas tale captures the essence of the season, bringing festive cheer over Yuletide.

14–22 December at QPAC


-- MUSIC --

Don Giovanni

It has been some time since Opera Queensland performed Mozart, but that ends this year. As charming as he is dangerous, Don Giovanni is a compelling character. He’ll be brought to life in a bold show that celebrates the complexity of Mozart’s work.

19 October to 3 November at QPAC

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert 

Queensland Symphony Orchestra has found a winning formula in the form of Star Wars and live music. Following on from the success of its Stars Wars: A New Hope concert in July, the orchestra will present Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back at the year's end. As the film screens, the orchestra will perform composer John Williams’ musical score live.

1 December at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre


-- FILM --

Italian Film Festival 

Live la dolce vita with popcorn in hand at the Italian Film Festival. It's one of the most popular international film festivals for Brisbane cinephiles, imbuing the start of spring with Italian wit and humour. The full program is expected soon, including the announcement of the much-anticipated opening night film.

19 September to 7 October at Palace Cinemas

Brisbane International Film Festival

This year Brisbane International Film Festival is moving to GOMA, with the gallery also curating the festival's program. More announcements are in the works, including festival dates and what's in the program, but you can be sure GOMA will bring a fresh new edge to our annual celebration of global cinema.

October at GOMA and partner cinemas

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