Spring is stirring and that can only mean one thing – festival time is nigh. Whether you are a fan of the written word, live music or theatre, there’s a celebration on the cards for you during September.
Every September, the city is swept up in a magnetic series of arts, theatre, circus, cabaret and music events for Brisbane Festival – all culminating in Riverfire. A number of hit shows have been reimagined for this year and there is also a strong theme of interactive theatre running through the program. Festival highlights include a mini music festival at Riverstage, circus with a jumping castle for the audience and a theatre show that lets you choose the ending.
9–30 September across Brisbane
Brisbane Writers Festival
Brisbane’s love of the written word has been celebrated in festival form for 55 years now. For this year’s instalment, Brisbane Writers Festival presents 150 events, with 16 international guest authors and an opening address by Alec Domadgee. Most of the talks, book launches and writing workshops are happening at State Library of Queensland, but you can also catch a number of events at suburban libraries with BWF in the Burbs.
6–10 September at State Library Queensland
A celebration of Australian artists, BIGSOUND Festival (pictured) takes over Fortitude Valley’s live music venues every September for four days and nights of music. The festival has helped launch artists including Flume, Megan Washington and The Temper Trap, and will present 130 music acts this year.
5–8 September across Fortitude Valley
Short+Sweet Festival: Gala Finals
This is a theatre festival for those with short attention spans. For this year’s finale, Short+Sweet Festival presents 12 performances over two nights. Theatre and cabaret makers have been performing their ten-minute shows throughout August and the finals will allow audiences to vote for their favourite pieces.
2–3 September at Brisbane Powerhouse
Italian Film Festival
Benvenuto Italia! Australia’s Italian Film Festival is the biggest outside of Italy and it’s about to return to Palace Cinemas. The program features the best of current and past Italian films, opening with screwball comedy Let Yourself Go and closing with a retrospective screening of the heartbreakingly funny classic, Life is Beautiful (make sure you bring tissues).
20 September to 8 October at Palace Cinemas
The Redcliffe Festival continues to grow, this year presenting fireworks, markets and live music and the annual kite festival across three weekends. Highlights of the program include gardening and cooking workshops, Jetty Fiesta and Scarborough Sounds on Father’s Day.
26 August to 10 September across Redcliffe