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The 2019 shows and events to get excited about

Get your calendar ready for 2019 – these shows are going to add colour to it! From annual festivals to major new exhibitions and thought-provoking theatre, this is your guide to creative events in Brisbane as they're announced.



The Book of Mormon

Get ready to cry-laugh. The news of The Book of Mormon’s arrival has been long awaited in Brisbane, and now it is finally here. The irreverent Broadway show will land at QPAC in March, after its year-long runs in Sydney and Melbourne.

16 March to 12 May to At QPAC

Les Misérables

Can you see Les Misérables too many times? Given its monumental status in the realm of classics – and not to mention it is the world’s longest-running musical – it seems there really is no such thing as too much Les Misérables. So relive this epic tale again when Queensland Conservatorium presents its major production for 2019.

8–17 August at Conservatorium Theatre



Brisbane Comedy Festival

Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” So seize the day at the 2019 Brisbane Comedy Festival, with acts ranging from Charlie Pickering to Felicity Ward, Ronny Chieng and local favourite Mel Buttle.

22 February to 24 March at Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and SunPAC

World Science Festival

The World Science Festival will transform the cultural precinct in South Bank into an epicentre of wonder. Marvel at incredible demonstrations and workshops, and make breakthroughs of the mind at in-conversation events. World Science Festival is held annually in New York, and Queensland Museum Network has secured the rights to the Festival in the Asia Pacific until 2021.

20–24 March at South Bank

MELT Festival

Love is … MELT Festival. Celebrating pride, humanity and rebellion in equal doses, this vibrant annual culture fest not only gives the LGBTIQ+ community a voice, it is also a reminder of just how important love is, regardless of the form it happens to take.

28 June to 7 July at Brisbane Powerhouse

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 for 2019. 

5–8 September at State Library of Queensland


One of the country’s seminal music events and BIGSOUND will continue to celebrate Australian music in 2019. 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.

3–6 September at Fortitude Valley

Brisbane Festival

The annual arts bonanza of music, cabaret, circus and theatre returns again this year for 22 days across September. And, true to tradition, Brisbane Festival will wrap up in a glittering flurry of colour for Riverfire.

6–28 September across Brisbane

Brisbane International Film Festival

For films you cannot see anywhere else, Brisbane International Festival (BIFF) brings a curation of global cinema to our doorstep. The festival takes you on a deep dive into new cultures through more than 100 films and documentaries, together with guest panels. The festival found fresh direction in the hands of GOMA last year, and this is set to continue with the 2019 instalment.

3–13 October at GOMA


-- ART + DESIGN --

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. Now showing for the ninth time, APT9 presents works that reimagine traditional practice and explores the diversity of nature, history and culture.

Until 28 April 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, this major exhibition now showcases the depth of their sartorial legacy.

Until 18 April at Museum of Brisbane 


Known as BAD, BRISBANE ART DESIGN is a city-wide show of appreciation for our local creatives. Visual art and design will pop up in parks, laneways and studios, with a major exhibition at Museum of Brisbane forming the centrepiece of the event. The exhibition will feature everything from ceramics to robotics and performance art.

10–26 May across Brisbane


It has been more than a decade since a gallery presented a major survey of Ben Quilty’s work, but that is all set to change with the opening of this exhibition at GOMA. Quilty presents works from the artist’s time at the frontlines of war and the Syrian refugee crisis, together with intimate portraits and his revisions of the Australian landscape.

29 June to 13 October at GOMA



Dangerous Liaisons

This world-premiere production of Dangerous Liaisons between Queensland Ballet and Texas Ballet Theater takes you into the aristocratic world of late 18th-century France. With choreography by Liam Scarlett, this sultry tale of seduction and betrayal has been reimagined as a dramatic new ballet.

22 March to 6 April at QPAC

The Dinner Party

Throughout this piece by Expressions Dance Company, an elegant dinner party gives rise to manipulation, ambition, greed and jealously as a power play emerges between guests. The Dinner Party features Natalie Weir’s contemporary choreography and costumes by local designer Gail Sorronda.

10–18 May at QPAC

English Baroque with Circa

After the success of their first two collaborations – with their 2015 show scooping a Helpmann Award and their 2017 show selling out – Circa and Australian Brandenburg Orchestra are joining forces once again, in what is becoming a bi-annual tradition. English Baroque with Circa sees contemporary circus and enchanting English masque and theatre music unify for a dazzling parade of colour and movement.

21 May at QPAC


-- MUSIC --


Queensland Symphony Orchestra is set to perform with hip-hop trio Thundamentals for this year’s WAVE performance. The collaboration will see Thundamentals’ new album I Love Songs reimagined in its entirety, as well as some of the band’s most loved hits from the past decade.

24 May at The Tivoli


This young French ensemble is charming the world with its effortless charisma. Nevermind revives the universal appeal of period music – and in this concert presented by Musica Viva, you will experience Bach, Telemann, Marais and more.

24 October at Conservatorium Theatre

Image: Photography by Jeff Busby

Fri, 29 Junesee all

Nature Imagined

Nature imagined offers a new understanding of Robinson's sophisticated vision of his lived environment

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Sat, 22 Septembersee all

Palm Island and Our People

The inspiring history of Palm Island is celebrated in a fascinating showcase of images, memorabilia and digital stories

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Fri, 23 Novembersee all

The Designers' Guide: Easton Pearson Archive

Come behind the scenes of iconic Australian fashion house, Easton Pearson.

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Sat, 24 Novembersee all


The hugely ambitious APT series returns to QAGOMA this summer.

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Fri, 7 Decembersee all

Home: A Suburban Obsession

Queensland homes and the people who live, love and obsess over them.

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Thu, 7 Februarysee all

Kids Collective

Free activities for kids 5 years or younger at South Bank

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Fri, 15 Marchsee all

NASA – A Human Adventure

A thrilling journey through humankind's exploration of space.

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Sat, 30 Marchsee all

The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged)

No joke is left untold as three performers navigate the complete history of comedy.

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Sun, 7 Aprilsee all


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Mon, 8 Aprilsee all

iFly Brisbane

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