Thu, Mar 22


What’s on in Brisbane this month

March cries creativity and fun with this line-up of events. From contemporary dance to side-splitting comedy and the return of the World Science Festival, here’s what’s on in Brisbane this month.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Annette Bening returns to the screen as the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame. The film takes place in the twilight of her tumultuous life, when her fling with a younger man named Peter Turner turns into something much deeper. Out at the start of the month, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is based on Turner’s memoir.

From 1 March


CIRCA's latest dance performance Aura is a love letter to Brisbane, and it's being performed at our newest arts space for free! In the performance, mesmerising acrobatic choreography unfurls to an immersive symphony of buses, trains, bikes, footfalls and car horns.

6–25 March at Flowstate

Alliance Française French Film Festival

It’s time for local Francophiles to revel in all things French during a month of film screenings at the French Film Festival. From comedies like opening night film C’est La Vie! (which comes from the directors of The Intouchables) through to culinary events featuring a screening of A Taste of France and closing night dramedy 50 is the New 30, there’s a film for every lover of Gallic culture.

8 March to 4 April at Palace Cinemas


Expressions Dance Company has a rich history of honouring the connection between music and dance, and this tradition continues with Converge. The show provides a platform for emerging musical talent by featuring the works of emerging composers and musicians alongside provocative new choreographic works from Beijing Dance LDTX's Xu Yiming. See the show to experience contemporary dance at the cutting edge.

10–17 March at Queensland Conservatorium Theatre

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

Last year Queensland Museum took us back to Ancient Roman times with the Gladiators exhibition, and now it’s time to venture deep inside the pyramids of Ancient Egypt with the opening of Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives. Presenting six mummies, the exhibition offers insight into their lives using CT scanning technology and more than 200 artefacts from the British Museum’s Egyptian collections.

16 March to 16 August at Queensland Museum

La Bayadère

It’s been a quiet start to 2018 for ballet fans, but Queensland Ballet is back. The first show of the year is La Bayadère – a sumptuous love story set in the exotic world of the 19th century British Raj. It’s the latest production from choreographer Greg Horsman, following on from his work with The Sleeping Beauty and Coppèlia,

16–31 March at QPAC

Tim Winton on lost boys and toxic masculinity

One of Australia’s favourite authors will appear at Brisbane Powerhouse this month to discuss a recurring theme in his work – masculinity. Tim Winton’s fascinating mediation on the journey to adulthood includes a specially commissioned soundscape and photographic interludes.

19 March at Brisbane Powerhouse

World Science Festival

Nothing like the science you remember at school, the World Science Festival (pictured) highlights the magic of the world around us. This year’s line-up includes the ever-popular baby turtles, alongside mind-expanding talks and immersive performances. All events are inspired by the theme of humanity, asking what makes us human, how humanity has advanced and ways we can live longer (and better).

21–25 March at South Bank

Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection

Coming on the back of a massive summer that featured Yayoi Kusama and Gerhard Richter, GOMA continues its ambitious exhibition schedule with the opening of a Patricia Piccinini retrospective. The exhibition occupies GOMA’s entire ground floor, featuring many of her most recognisable works alongside immersive multisensory installations and a large-scale inflatable sculpture.

From 24 March at GOMA

Brisbane Comedy Festival

Side-splitting, tear-inducing laughter. That’s the kind of comedy on offer when 70 comedians from around Australia and the world descend upon Brisbane for a month of witty one-liners, sketch comedy and wild tales. The line-up for Brisbane Comedy Festival includes Jeff Green, Jim Gaffigan, Stephen K Amos, Jimeoin, Wil Anderson and Urzila Carlson, together with the Brisbane Comedy Festival Gala.

Until 25 March at Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and SunPac

STEEL: art design architecture

This new exhibition at QUT Art Museum draws attention to a metal that has become ubiquitous thanks to its aesthetic and functionality. STEEL: art design architecture showcases the innovative ways that artists and designers are using steel – a reminder of the potential that still exists around us, even within ubiquity.

Until 25 March at QUT Art Museum

Shrek the Musical

Shrek is the unlikely hero no-one saw coming when the DreamWorks film opened in 2001. Now see what happens when the story is adapted into a musical. Shrek the Musical is a family-friendly production of fairytale proportions, with new songs and all of the film’s loveable misfits.

Until 31 March at Brisbane Arts Theatre

Mao’s Last Dancer

Known for his talent that took him to the world stage against all odds, Li Cunxin’s story is as captivating as his ballet career. This exhibition, Mao’s Last Dancer, traces his remarkable journey from an impoverished childhood in China to world-famous artist. It features interviews of Li’s family and ballet colleagues, as well as personal artefacts and footage of Li at the height of his on-stage career.

Until 19 April at Museum of Brisbane


From wish-granting genies to magic carpets, Aladdin is one of Disney’s most beloved films. And, in the tradition of bringing Disney films to life on stage, the producer of The Lion King and Mary Poppins presents Aladdin – The MusicalDetailed sets and more than 300 lavish costumes form the backdrop for performances of songs including ‘Friend Like Me’, ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Arabian Nights’.

Until 3 June

If you’re heading to QPAC for Aladdin, here’s where to eat before or after a show.

Get your weekly dose of Brisbane culture by subscribing for email updates.

Subscribe now

Sign Up. Get Creative.

  • Email

Thu, 1 Januarysee all

Da Vinci Machines

Leonardo's Inventions Brought to Life

Read More

Fri, 14 Julysee all

Eternal Present

These diverse, intelligent paintings add a new chapter to the history of the genre in Australia

Read More

Fri, 1 Septembersee all

Queensland Symphony Orchestra 2018 Season

Queensland Symphony Orchestra has unveiled an extraordinary Season 2018

Read More

Sun, 1 Octobersee all

Musica Viva International Concert Season 2018

Discover the dazzling beauty of classical music performed by the very best international artists in 2018

Read More

Fri, 1 Decembersee all

Expressions Dance Company Season 2018

Expressions Dance Company has unveiled its 2018 season with a year of bold international and Australian collaborations to inspire and delight!

Read More

Fri, 1 Decembersee all

Mao's Last Dancer the Exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin

Discover one man’s incredible journey from poverty to world-famous artist in this exclusive Museum of Brisbane exhibition.

Read More

Fri, 1 Decembersee all

The Kite Wishes Project

Visit Museum of Brisbane during Mao’s Last Dancer the exhibition and design your own kite or be inspired by the koinbori fish template created by Brisbane artist Elysha Rei

Read More

Sat, 9 Decembersee all

Magnificent Makers

Explore Queensland’s unique history of innovation in State Library of Queensland’s upcoming exhibition, Magnificent Makers.

Read More

Sun, 11 Februarysee all

That 80's Time Travel Movie

Just when you thought your favourite 80’s movie couldn’t get any better

Read More

Sat, 17 Februarysee all

Steel: art design architecture

exploring innovative and outstanding ways that steel is being used by artists, designers and architects in Australia in the 21st century.

Read More