Wed, Jan 24


Things to do at Brisbane Festival on a budget

There is just one problem with Brisbane Festival – there are too many great shows to see. And when you’re on a budget, your wallet will attest that it is, in fact, possible to have too much of a good thing. Thankfully, there are plenty of free and cheap events on the bill. Here’s what’s on at Brisbane Festival for the penny pinchers (and those who love a good deal).

Fantastic Planet

Inspired by Fantastic Planet – a 1973 Czech/French science fiction film – this outdoor art installation (pictured) features five 40-foot humanoids. They have arrived from a distant planet to observe humans and gently explore our ‘fantastic planet’.

9–30 September at South Bank Cultural Forecourt // Free

Jazz on Sunday 

See out the weekend with a late-afternoon jazz session in the intimate surrounds of The Spiegeltent. The line-up (which is yet to be announced) will feature smooth live music from Brisbane’s finest jazz singers and musicians.

10 September at The Spiegeltent // $15

Little Creatures LIVE

Little Creatures LIVE presents free performances ranging from live music to magic and comedy. And to amp up the fun, each day has a theme, including Throwback Thursdays, Friday Fun Night, Sorority Saturdays and Sunset Sundays. Performers on the bill include ImproMafia, The Foxy Morons, cabaret star Lizzie Moore, jazz vocalist Charlotte Mclean and Western GuGuYelanji songman Troy Jungaji Brady.

14–30 September at Treasury Brisbane Arcadia // Free 

Art from the Margins

Art from the Margins is an inspiring exhibition of work by artists living with adversity, mental health issues, disability and homelessness. Now in its tenth year, the annual exhibition highlights the resilience and creativity we all harbour. 

14–17 September at Brisbane City Hall // Free

A Prudent Man

A darkly comedic show about right-wing politics couldn’t be more timely. In A Prudent Man, award-winning playwright Katy Warner explores what makes the Trumps, Abbotts and Hansons of this world tick, and how they keep their worldview in check.

19–23 September at Theatre Republic // $29

Blind Cinema

Blind Cinema makes its Australian premiere at the festival and, chances are, it’s unlike any film experience you’ve had before. In the darkness of a cinema, the audience sits blindfolded, experiencing the film through the hushed tones of the child behind them. The child is seeing the film for the first time and describes what they are seeing, meaning that every audience member has a different experience.

19–23 September at GOMA // $15

Onstage Dating

First date awkwardness. It’s funny from afar, but far from funny when you’re the one making small talk while calculating an exit strategy. See how Bron Batten handles first dates live on stage with a different volunteer participant each night.

26–30 September at Theatre Republic // $29


Every year Brisbane Festival goes out with a bang – and the one thing that sets Riverfire apart from many other fireworks displays is its accompanying soundtrack. This year the glittering extravaganza will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a compilation of musical highlights from the last 20 years.

30 September at South Bank Cultural Forecourt // Free


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