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What’s on in Brisbane during August

There is an apocalypse on the horizon, festival comebacks and a kinky musical ready to swing into the city. Here’s what’s on in Brisbane during August.

Mozart Airborne

Opera Queensland and Expressions Dance Company have come together for Mozart Airborne (pictured) – a special production that explores the beauty and complexity of Mozart’s work. Within the intimacy of the Cremorne Theatre, performers will bring arias and duets to life, including music from Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and The Marriage of Figaro.

4–12 August at QPAC

La Fille mal gardée

Queensland Ballet continues its 2017 season with the very cute and very mischievous ballet, La Fille mal gardée. It takes place in the French countryside in the 1950s, where an arranged marriage is causing comic turmoil. Rather than marrying the rich and shallow Alain, Lise is trying to find a way into the arms of the true apple of her eye, Colas.

4–19 August at QPAC

The Hamlet Apocalypse

If it were the eve of an apocalypse, what would you be doing? In The Danger Ensemble’s The Hamlet Apocalypse – which takes place on the night before an apocalypse – a group of actors is staging a production of Hamlet. As fiction and reality begin the blur, the actors become more and more raw in their emotions, revealing an existential side of Shakespeare’s work.

9–19 August at Judith Wright Centre

Tapestry: The Songs of Carole King

Carole King gifted the world with so many hits, including I Feel the Earth Move and You’ve Got A Friend. Many of these came from her 1971 album Tapestry, which was the number one album for an impressive 15 weeks. This month you can experience this iconic album live, as Vika Bull, Debra Byrne and The Brill Band perform it in the passionate tribute, Tapestry: The Songs of Carole King.

9–12 August at Brisbane Powerhouse


No August event guide for Brisbane is complete without a mention of the Ekka. It’s time for strawberry sundaes, showbags and a very welcome mid-week public holiday. On the cultural front, Ekka will present fashion parades, displays in The Old Museum, cooking demonstrations and EkkaNITES, which culminate in a fireworks display.

11–20 August at Brisbane Showgrounds

Brisbane International Film Festival

It has been three years since Brisbane has had an international film festival to call its own, but after the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival was axed earlier this year, plans for the revival of Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) were set in motion. For it’s return, BIFF will offer 60 films for local cinephiles, including a number of favourites from the Cannes Film Festival in May. To set the scene, the festival will open with Swedish satire, The Square.

17 August to 3 September at Palace Cinemas


Where one person sees a pile of goods destined for the op-shop, another sees a potential artwork. Salvage is an exhibition of works hewn from everyday materials and objects. The exhibition was created with the intention to change the way we think about the things we throw away – a concept brought to life through crafty Salvage Saturday workshops and the Revive second-hand fashion market.

Until 19 August at Judith Wright Centre


In many cases, our perceptions of robots are shaped by fictional books and films, so it’s worthwhile seeing just what’s really happening in this field at QUT’s interactive exhibition, Robotronica. There are workshops, talks and demonstrations happening throughout the one-day event – head along to hear US roboticist Professor Ron Arkin speak, to chat with social robot Peppa or to learn how to program a robot.

20 August at QUT Gardens Point

Kinky Boots

Music by Cyndi Lauper is one of the big drawcards for this musical, but there’s far more to Kinky Boots. After making the rounds in Sydney and Melbourne, the musical is heading north. This musical – which is based on the movie – is sure to warm your heart while sending you into hysterics. The Brisbane season comes straight after the musical won the Helpmann Awards for Best Male Actor in a Musical and Best Choreography in a Musical.

22 August to 15 October at QPAC

Ideas conference

There’ll be talks on ideas, current affairs and the changing media landscape at Storyology – a festival of journalism and storytelling. Presented by The Walkley Foundation, Storyology has a number of public events that go behind the scenes of newsrooms, debate topics including The Trump effect and fake news, and share first-hand stories from reporters who travel the world (often finding themselves in dangerous situations) to bring us global news.

24–26 August at Brisbane Powerhouse
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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane

It’s not just BIFF making a comeback this month – after taking a hiatus last year, the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane is preparing for a stylish return. The program has been reviewed – the group shows are back and the focus on emerging designers remains – and there are now a number of off-the-runway events including a luncheon and high teas.

27–31 August, Old Government House


Bangarra Dance Theatre presents a poignant work about Woollarawarre Bennelong. Bennelong helped to steer his community through First Contact, in turn cultivating positive relationships between his people (the Eora) and the British. Bennelong is a moving performance that pays tribute to this important man in Australia’s history – one who many have heard of but know little about.

25 August to 2 September at QPAC

Want more? Read the August What’s On Guide online now.

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