Get your calendar ready for 2018 – these shows are going to add colour to it. From annual festivals to major new exhibitions and blockbuster musicals, this is your guide to creative events as they're announced.
-- THEATRE + MUSICALS --
Priscilla: Queen of the Desert
Priscilla is one of Australia’s most famous musical exports. ‘It’s Raining Men’, ‘I Will Survive’ and ‘I Love The Nightlife’ form the background of the sassy story of three fabulous friends taking a battered bus to Alice Springs to put on a show of a lifetime. It features more than 500 costumes and 200 headdresses, and promises more glitter than ever.
From 26 September at QPAC
La Boite's 2018 season will wrap up with the world premiere of Neon Tiger. The new Australian play billed as 'the adult gap-year you never knew you needed' is set in Bangkok and features music composed by comedian Gillian Cosgriff.
27 October to 17 November at La Boite
Wonderland Festival is a salacious start to summer. Brisbane Powerhouse is handed over entirely to a series of artists for a whole-of-venue takeover that feels more like a carnival than an arts festival. This year's program has just been released, offering up a heady mix of comedy, magic, burlesque and circus.
22 November to 2 December at Brisbane Powerhouse
-- ART + EXHIBITIONS --
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
It’s one of the world’s most prestigious photography competitions, and Wildlife Photographer of the Year is about to exhibit in Brisbane for the first time. This touring exhibition presents 100 awe-inducing photographs that capture the majesty and vastness of the natural world.
30 August to 4 November at Brisbane Powerhouse
The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9)
GOMA’s signature art series is back. From Turkey to Hawaii and our own shores, the Asia Pacific Triennial series is a vast survey of contemporary art. Returning for the ninth time, APT9 will showcase works that reimagine traditional practice and showcase the diversity of nature, history and culture.
24 November, 2018 to 28 April, 2019 at GOMA
Local fashion designers Lydia Pearson and Pamela Easton became an important part of the Australian fashion landscape with their colourful label, Easton Pearson. After gifting their archive of more than 3,300 garments to Museum of Brisbane, a major exhibition is being planned to showcase their sartorial legacy.
22 November 2018 to 18 April 2019 at Museum of Brisbane
-- BALLET --
Some of the world’s finest ballet dancers are bound for Brisbane in November, when QPAC presents Italy’s Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company – or, La Scala for short. La Scala is one of the oldest and most respected ballet companies in the world, and this is the first time the company has ever performed in Australia.
7–18 November at QPAC
After launching in 2017, Queensland Ballet is bringing back Bespoke. In a collaboration with Expressions Dance Company, this production challenges assumptions about dance. The new dance experience is performed together with film, photography and sculpture.
9–17 November at Brisbane Powerhouse
It's not Christmas without seeing Queensland Ballet's annual delight, The Nutcracker. This beloved Christmas tale captures the essence of the season, bringing festive cheer over Yuletide.
14–22 December at QPAC
-- MUSIC --
It has been some time since Opera Queensland performed Mozart, but that ends this year. As charming as he is dangerous, Don Giovanni is a compelling character. He’ll be brought to life in a bold show that celebrates the complexity of Mozart’s work.
19 October to 3 November at QPAC
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert
Queensland Symphony Orchestra has found a winning formula in the form of Star Wars and live music. Following on from the success of its Stars Wars: A New Hope concert in July, the orchestra will present Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back at the year's end. As the film screens, the orchestra will perform composer John Williams’ musical score live.
1 December at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
-- DESIGN --
The Finders Keepers
Australia's largest design market is set to return to Brisbane ahead of the festive season. The Finders Keepers celebrates independent makers, providing designers and artists with a platform to connect with the local community. And with the presence of live music and food trucks, the market takes on a festival-like atmosphere.
9–11 November at Brisbane Showgrounds
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