Is your calendar fast filling up for July? It’s easy to see why – there’s so much happening to inspire, delight and make you cry-laugh. Whatever you're in the mood for, you are sure to find an event to take your fancy. From live music to after-dark gallery soirees and blockbuster musicals, here’s what’s on in Brisbane this month.
Queensland Music Festival
Queensland Music Festival strikes the balance of big-name performances and grassroots musical celebrations. This year the festival presents a program with some of Australia’s most beloved performers, as well as community events and support programs. There are also a number of free live music performances happening across the city throughout July.
7–30 July across Brisbane
See the list of highlights
This is the story of a prized op-shop find. Maude is an unemployed bartender who thinks she has purchased a Jackson Pollock artwork from a charity store. Is she sitting on a piece of art worth millions? Art expert Lionel Percy flies in from New York to visit her trailer park and find out. Bakersfield Mist stars John Wood and Julie Nihill.
10–11 July at Gardens Theatre
Though William Robinson is best known for his landscapes, he is also a prolific still life painter. Eternal present is the first survey of this aspect of his work, featuring 60 paintings that take inspiration from still life masters including Chardin to Bonnard.
From 14 July at William Robinson Gallery
Ruddigore, Or The Witch’s Curse
Victoriana and melodrama usually go hand in hand, but not in this irreverent opera. Ruddigore, Or The Witch’s Curse is Gilbert & Sullivan piece being performed by Opera Queensland this month at QPAC. Quiet and law-abiding farmer Robin Oakapple has a family secret that could hold him back from marrying the love of his life – so how can he overcome the supernatural forces at play?
14–29 July at QPAC
Savour local food and wine in the lush surrounds of South Bank at Regional Flavours – a tasty free event that pop ups at South Bank each July. This year there will be more than 80 stalls as well as celebrity chef demonstrations, live music and an abundance of food delights on offer.
15–16 July at South Bank
The movie gave us 12 number-one hits and now you can hear all your Whitney favourites live on stage at QPAC. Starring Paulini – who will deliver the powerful ballad I Will Always Love You – The Bodyguard musical recreates the love story made famous by Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.
19–30 July at QPAC
Judith Lucy & Denise Scott: Disappointments
Do Scotty and Jude really believe that every day is a gift … or are they just keeping up appearances? Of course it’s the latter. Laugh along as these comedians deliver on-point one liners that reveal the truth behind their peachy Facebook statuses. In Disappointments, these comedians are here to show you how to be proud of your failures and shattered dreams.
19–30 July at Brisbane Powerhouse
Scandinavian Film Festival
Scandinavia has cultivated one of the world’s most aspirational ways of life, so it should come as little surprise that this part of the world is also home to a vibrant film industry. If you find yourself intrigued by all things Nordic, indulge your curiosity at the Scandinavian Film Festival, which takes you from the coast of Iceland to the Copenhagen arts scene. Highlights include Heartstone, A Conspiracy of Faith and The Man.
20 July to 6 August at Palace Barracks
Landscapes with Monsters
If you missed this dazzling circus-theatre performance by Circa at QPAC earlier this year, this is your chance to see a truly original and thought-provoking style of circus. Landscapes with Monsters (pictured) is a poignant performance that tells the story of post-industrial decay through a sparse set, intense physical feats and an electronic soundtrack.
22 July at Redland Performing Arts Centre
GOMA Up Late
GOMA’s popular Up Late program for the Marvel exhibition kicks off this month and continues every Friday until September. It features live pop, electronica and rock, as well as GOMA Resident DJ Emma Stevenson. Bands performing include Art vs Science, Habits and Olympia.
28 July to 1 September at GOMA
See the full program
Gladiators After Dark
This is your chance to experience Queensland Museum after dark – as part of its Gladiators exhibition, the museum is throwing a series of late-night soirees. With a bar, expert talks and live music, you’ll see a different side to the massive exhibition.
28 July at Queensland Museum
Want more? You can read the July What’s On Guide online now.