When an average gift just won't do, give an experience that will inspire, motivate, educate or stir up a good belly laugh. These are tickets and creative experiences to add to your gift list this year.
The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive
Anyone with a sliver of sartorial interest would relish the opportunity to peek inside the Easton Pearson vault at Museum of Brisbane. The Designers’ Guide: Easton Pearson Archive invites fashion enthusiasts to plunge into more than 200 garments, sketches, lookbooks, photographs, interviews and anecdotes from the world-renowned Brisbane label. Pair the ticket with a little something special from the museum's MoB Shop created just for the exhibition.
23 November to 22 April at Museum of Brisbane
Treat your musical-loving friends and family to the sounds of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – that charismatic group of blue-collar boys who sold 175 million records around the world before the age of 30 and became one of the biggest pop bands in America. International blockbuster musical Jersey Boys features hits such as ‘Walk Like a Man’, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ and ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ and is bound for QPAC for a strictly limited season.
2–20 January at QPAC
The magic doesn’t have to end at Christmas. Keep the wonder and mystery going at the jaw-dropping show spectacular, The Illusionists. Seven world-class illusionists will astonish audiences with levitation, mindreading, disappearances and grand illusion, teamed with sophisticated sets and costumes.
9–19 January at QPAC
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
This is the ultimate experience for those who identify as muggles. Watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire play on the big screen as the Queensland Symphony Orchestra performs the musical score live. Feel every high and low in an incredibly dramatic fashion, and you’ll struggle to ever watch the series on your TV again.
9 February at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Brisbane Comedy Festival
Give your special humans the gift of laughter this year with tickets to a show at the hugely popular Brisbane Comedy Festival. More than 70 homegrown and international acts will take to stages across Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane Powerhouse and SunPAC to serve you a healthy dose of cry-laughing via stand-up, sketch comedy and improv.
22 February to 24 March across Brisbane
The Book of Mormon
A hot ticket to the highly anticipated Brisbane season of The Book of Mormon would be one way to get in the good books of your gift recipient this Christmas. After opening on Broadway in 2011, the musical has won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, four Olivier Awards, a Grammy and the 2017 Helpmann Award for Best Musical. Secure your tickets before they sell out completely.
16 March–12 May at QPAC
Cinema tickets to Palace Platnium James St
Palace James St has taken things up a notch with the November reveal of Palace Platinum – just in time for Christmas shopping. Treat friends, family or employees to a luxe experience in one of three intimate cinemas, complete with fully reclining seats, a personalised wait service and curated selection of wines, craft beers and cocktails.
All year round at Palace James St
Art classes at Brisbane Institute of Art
Help the creatives in your life usher in a fresh new year by gifting classes to their dream artistic pursuit. Whether you know a hopeful painter, sketcher, ceramicist, sculptor, crafter, jewellery maker, photographer, printmaker or silversmith, the Brisbane Institute of Art has a short course or semester class for them.
All year round at Brisbane Institute of Art
Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat
The original words of the magnificent Dr Seuss remain untouched in Katie Mitchell’s entertaining adaptation of Dr Suess’s The Cat in the Hat. The uninitiated will be just as chuffed as the Seuss purists, as that mischievous feline takes Sally and her brother on a remarkable adventure.
2–25 January at Brisbane Arts Theatre
Deadly 60 Down Under
If your little adventurer would get a kick out of wild stunts, audience participation and an impressive cast of some of Australia’s deadliest animals, then Deadly 60 Down Under might be the perfect experience. Deadly 60 TV star Steve Backs will share stories and videos of his wild adventures while educating his audience about Australia’s unique wildlife.
3–4 January at QPAC
The Sleeping Beauty
Queensland’s premier youth ballet company will bring the classic tale of The Sleeping Beauty to life with incredible dancing, stunning costumes and gorgeous sets that every aspiring ballerina will adore. Let the music of Tchaikovsky fill your little one’s ears as some of the state’s best young dancers fill the QPAC stage.
16–19 January at QPAC
The 91-Storey Treehouse
When a treehouse reaches a ridiculously mammoth 91 storeys, it’s bound to come with a few hiccups. Think babysitting woes, fortune tellers and big red buttons. If your kids loved the comical book series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, then Richard Tulloch’s play adaptation of The 91-Storey Treehouse will have them in stitches.
23–27 January at QPAC
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