Add a little razzle-dazzle to Mother’s Day with these ideas. From tickets for gift-giving to events on happening on the day itself, this guide will warm the cockles of every creative mum’s heart. Here is what's happening in Brisbane.
-- GIFT GUIDE --
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Experiences make for memorable gifts, and the inspiring story that forms the backbone to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is sure to uplift, while songs including ‘Natural Woman’, ‘I Feel The Earth Move’ and ‘You’ve Got A Friend’ are anthems that will take many a mum back in time. It opens on 13 July at QPAC.
If your mum is a musical fan, see this guide of musicals to look forward to this year.
Hobbies are often lost to the time-scarcity of motherhood. So if you have a mother who’s creatively inclined, treat her to an art class. The program at Brisbane Institute of Art ranges from jewellery making to drawing and fabric printing, and weekend workshops are an opportunity to test the waters of a new artform.
Queensland Theatre Season Tickets
Not sure what shows your mother is going to like? Let her choose instead. Queensland Theatre season tickets start at just three shows, allowing her to pick which upcoming productions she wants to see. The Longest Minute, Good Muslim Boy, Jasper Jones, Nearer the Gods and Hedda are all on the bill for the rest of 2018.
Harry Potter In Concert
If your mum got into Harry Potter books just as much as you, take her to this immersive concert experience. Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) will play the Oscar-nominated score to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban live as the film screens in high definition. This special performance is happening on 19 May at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. If you mum is more of a Star Wars fan, QSO has a concert for her too.
On the surface, the creatures in Patricia Piccinini’s retrospective are confronting. But much of the artist’s work is inspired by her own journey as a mother, and the unconditional love we all harbour. Your mum can explore these maternal themes with a ticket to the exhibition, or the popular Up Late series. The exhibition is on until 5 August at GOMA, and Up Late starts on 8 June.
Teatro alla Scala Ballet
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 (pictured) 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. Surprise your mum with tickets to a visually rich performance of Don Quixote or Giselle.
-- WHAT’S ON --
Egyptian Mummies: Champagne and Sunsets
On the eve before Mother’s Day, Queensland Museum is staying up late for a special event, Egyptian Mummies: Champagne and Sunsets. The museum’s exhibition curator and archaeologist will guide you through the highlights of Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives, and there’ll also be Champagne and canapes.
Beauty and the Beast
Another event happening on Saturday evening is a free outdoor screening of last year's blockbuster film, Beauty and the Beast. Ahead of the screening in Roma Street Parkland, there'll be food trucks and free craft activities for mums who have their brood in tow.
Funny Mummies Comedy Gala
Here to put dad jokes to shame, this gala presents a line-up of female comedians telling yarns every mum will be able to relate to. Funny Mummies Comedy Gala is headlined by Brisbane comedian Jenny Wynter, who has a new web series poking fun at the ‘how to be a perfect parent’ movement. Kat Davidson is MC, with Emily Kristopher and Jasmine Fairbairn as supporting acts.
Aladdin is now in the final weeks of its Brisbane season, and there are still tickets left for the Mother’s Day performances at QPAC. If you played the Disney film on repeat during your childhood, then your mum is likely to still have the lyrics of songs like ‘Friend Like Me’ and ‘A Whole New World’ etched into her memory.
Eurovision Food Festival
This Saturday and Sunday your mum will find kinship among fellow Eurovision lovers at Welcome to Bowen Hills' Eurovision Food Festival. The new food truck park will be playing Eurovision and has assembled a line-up of European eats to accompany the on-screen display of sequinned divas. Naturally, there will be wind machines aplenty and dressing up is heartily encouraged.
A Very Stylish Mother’s Day
Museum of Brisbane is embracing old-world glamour this Sunday. Its Mother’s Day event, A Very Stylish Mother's Day, will feature Miss Chrissy Keepence from the Lindy Charm School for Girls, who will take you into the world of vintage fashion. She’ll share tips on styling, how to find vintage clothing and the best ways to preserve precious pieces for future generations. The afternoon sold out last year, and will wrap up with tea, coffee and cakes from Jocelyn’s Provisions.
Spanish Film Festival
Sunday is the final day of the Spanish Film Festival, so head out for the Closing Night screening of Pan’s Labyrinth at Palace Barracks. There are also a number of films showing throughout the day, ahead of the evening’s final hurrah.
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