Are you ready for one of the biggest months on the cultural calendar? With festivals galore and plenty of theatre, music and exhibitions to keep your mind stimulated, September is the month to shake off any lingering winter sluggishness and get creative in the city. Here’s what’s on in Brisbane this month.
For four days every September, Brisbane becomes the epicentre of the Australian music industry for BIGSOUND Festival. Industry heavyweights get down to business at the conference during the day and Fortitude Valley’s bars buzz with gigs each night.
5–8 September across Fortitude Valley
Brisbane Writers Festival
The written word has long been championed for its ability to inspire and create change, but have you ever thought about how your literary diet informs your worldview? That’s the theme of this year’s Brisbane Writers Festival, which looks at how both writers and readers curate their own worlds. With writers flying in from across Australia and overseas, there will be plenty of big ideas up for discussion.
6–10 September at State Library of Queensland
It’s big, it’s pink and it ends with a glittering bang. Brisbane Festival is back for another year and under the direction of David Berthold it is continuing to make its mark as a world-class arts festival. Whether you’re into circus, family entertainment, theatre or music, the massive program is sure to satisfy.
9–30 September across Brisbane
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Legends in Concert
Legends in Concert is one of TOSA’s most popular events. This year will see a big line-up of entertainers perform a variety show, backed by the historic Christie organ. Performers include George Harvey, Debbie Fitzsummons and Laura Doolan, while the program is set to range from Billy Joel to ABBA, Adele, Michael Bublé and Broadway.
10 September at Kelvin Grove State College Auditorium
Long before reality TV shows that give us a taste of aspiring performers who overestimate their talents, there was Florence Foster Jenkins. An eccentric New Yorker in the 1940s, she managed to amass a following of fans despite being unable to hold a note. Hilarious and also heartwarming, this production of Glorious! stars Diana McLean in the lead role.
12–13 September at QUT Gardens Theatre
Italian Film Festival
There’s a refreshing eccentricity to European cinema that we simply don’t experience in Western movies, and the Italian Film Festival is about to deliver another year of charismatic cinema. This year’s program celebrates Italian culture and la dolce vita in what is the largest Italian film festival outside of Italy itself.
20 September to 8 October at Palace Cinemas
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Laser Beak Man
The second-last production of La Boite’s 2017 season coincides with Brisbane Festival. Laser Beak Man brings artist Tim Sharp’s colourful superhero to life in puppet form, featuring puppets by the Dead Puppet Society and live music performances by Ball Park Music’s Sam Cromack.
9–30 September at La Boite
Lords and Ladies
Sir Terry Prachett’s comic fantasies are brought to life each year at Brisbane Arts Theatre, with 2017’s pick being Lords and Ladies. There are pending nuptials between a witch and a king, elves, drunk Lancre Morris Men, wizards and even a murder. Where’s it all heading? See the show to step into the wildly imaginative world of Terry Prachett and find out.
16 September to 21 October at Brisbane Arts Theatre
Just as we say farewell to GOMA’s Marvel exhibition, Brisbane is about to get another fix of comic book culture. Oz Comic-Con celebrates pop culture from anime to cosplay and comics, and dressing up is highly encouraged.
23–24 September at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Why future still needs us: AI and humanity
Artificial intelligence – it’s one of the biggest buzzwords of 2017, but rarely is this technology discussed from a creative perspective. Artists featured in this exhibition have harnessed AI technology to explore its creative capabilities and the role of humanity in the future.
Until 29 October at QUT Art Museum
The curators at Queensland Art Gallery have refreshed the gallery’s permanent display of Australian art to bring a fresh perspective to the works. The reimagined Australian Collection brings together Indigenous and contemporary Australian pieces to trace our history and explore themes of colonisation, exploration and immigration.
From 30 September at Queensland Art Gallery
Want more? Read the September What’s On Guide online now.
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