There’s an upbeat mood in Brisbane right now. Autumn is slowly taking hold, while Easter and Anzac Day bring the promise three consecutive four-day working weeks. As well as kicking your feet up on the public holidays, there is plenty to see and be inspired by – here’s what’s on in Brisbane this April.
Spanish Film Festival
It’s a good time of year to be an international film buff as the French Film Festival wraps up and the Spanish Film Festival rolls in to town. Now in its 20th year, the festival will present the latest films from Spain and Latin America, kicking off with the comedy Kiki: Love to Love and wrapping up with a screening of The Trip to Spain – the third in a series of films by comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. ¡Que Bueno!
27 April to 14 May at Palace Cinemas
Minefields and Miniskirts
Minefields and Miniskirts shares untold stories from the Vietnam War. Putting tales of Australian women caught up in the war in the spotlight, this production sheds new light on a conflict that has been widely documented. From entertainers to typists, consular staff and army nurses, almost 1ooo ordinary Australian women were involved in the war. This production reveals how they survived and discovered what they believe in, and has plenty of heartwarming moments of laughter.
8–29 April at Brisbane Arts Theatre
Festival of Tibet
The Festival of Tibet gives you a chance to experience the culture of this fascinating country first-hand. Over five days, this festival presents a series of concerts, exhibitions, discussions and workshops. Learn how to make momos (Tibetan dumplings), head to a painting or singing bowl workshop, hear a Tibetan Buddhist master discuss compassion and loving kindness, or see a panel discussion where three young Tibetan activists will share their stories of Tibet. The festival raises funds for the Tibetan refugee community in India.
26–30 April at Brisbane Powerhouse
Opera in the Reservoir: The Best of Ten Years
To celebrate its tenth year, Underground Opera Company is presenting a performance of its greatest hits, as chosen by founder and director Bruce Edwards. The company performs opera in unexpected spaces and it’s only fitting that this performance takes place in the 150-year-old Spring Hill Reservoir – one of its favourite venues. The bill includes spellbinding arias, ensemble pieces and emotive duets.
21–30 April at Spring Hill Reservoir
As a cinema movement, film noir is one of Hollywood’s most enduring genres. Characterised by private detectives, femme fatales, neon-lit streets and dive bars, this genre was born in the 1940s and 1950s and continues to captivate audiences today. GOMA’s Film Noir program presents classics including Double Indemnity (1944), The Big Sleep (1946) and Taxi Driver (1976), as well as modern films Drive (2011) and Nightcrawler (2014).
Until 21 May at GOMA
Sit. Pose. Snap.
Harking back to a time when portraiture photography was a new novelty, Sit. Pose. Snap. showcases photographs of Brisbane locals taken over the decade between 1850 and 1950. The free exhibition is an interesting look at those who called the city home before us, and how they wanted to be remembered on film. The exhibition program also includes talks, workshops and children’s activities.
Until 30 July at Museum of Brisbane
Gershwin! Bernstein! America!
This month Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) presents music from America’s golden age. There’s something so nostalgic about America between the 1920s and 1950s and this energy comes through in the spirited program of Gershwin! Bernstein! America! that will see QSO perform Grofé’s Sunrise and Cloudburst from Grand Canyon Suite, Bernstein’s On the Waterfront and Gershwin’s An American in Paris.
27 April at Brisbane City Hall
Shen Yun is an enchanting performs that pays homage to ancient China. An immservie fusion of orchestral music and dance, Shen Yun takes you on an uplifting journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. The colourful show is regarded around the world for the skill of the dancers and compelling narratives that unfold against animated backdrops.
14–15 April at QPAC
Stones Corner Festival
As Stones Corner has come into its own, locals celebrate each year at the Stones Corner Festival. Live music from homegrown acts including Regurgitator, Sahara Beck and I Heart Hiroshima is the main drawcard, with food trucks, markets and family-friendly activities adding to the convivial community spirit of this gathering. More bands are set to be announced before the festival later this month.
30 April 2017 at the corner of Logan and Old Cleveland Roads
Once in a Royal David’s City
Written by Queensland Theatre’s former artistic director Michael Gow, Once in a Royal David’s City is a mediation on art and life. It takes place on the beaches of northern New South Wales over Christmas, where Will – a theatre director – is caring for his sick mother, coming to terms with the recent loss of his father and questioning what he wants from life. It’s a work that makes you think and feel, and one that will mark artistic director Sam Strong’s directorial debut.
22 April to 14 May at QPAC
QSO, Glass and Rachmaninov
QSO, Glass and Rachmaninov will be a night of debuts. Queensland Symphony Orchestra will perform Symphony No.11 – the latest work from iconic composer Philip Glass. The performance will be the Australian debut of the work, directly after its very first performance in New York. Audiences will also experience the Australian debut of Russian pianist Alexander Malofeev, as the wunderkind performs Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2.
21–22 April at QPAC
Buddha Birth Day Festival
Brisbane’s celebrations of Buddha’s birthday have become so popular that our festival is now recognised as the largest Buddha Birth Day Festival in the world. This year’s festival celebrates the diversity of Australia’s multicultural society through a range of events that includes lion dances, a dragon boat regatta, tai chi lessons, Buddhist talks, meditation classes, a multicultural parade and live music. Equally as popular as the events is the festival’s vegetarian food stalls.
20–30 April at South Bank
Wondering what to do with the kids this school holidays? Get inspired with our guide of things to do in Brisbane this April school holidays.