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Yes, he’s back! RHYS NICHOLSON will host the inaugural MELT COMEDY GALA, a night of flamboyant comedy and fun featuring everything from musical and sketch comedy to stand-up. Be part of history and turn up for this laugh-fest extravaganza – with a bit of glitter and glam thrown in. It’s all happening on Sunday, 30 June 2019 at 7.30 p.m. at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Book in quick at https://www.meltfestival.com.au or phone the box office on (07) 3358 8600. See the NEWS below and the poster at the bottom of this page for more Melt Moments! (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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This is Brisbane! Queensland, Australia

Greetings and welcome to Watchwords. This site is about writers, readers, artists, filmmakers and our beautiful City of Brisbane.

WHAT'S ON IN BRISBANE RIGHT NOW?

QUICKLISTS FOR 'WHAT'S ON AUTHORS?', WHICH COVERS AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR AND FILMMAKER EVENTS, AS WELL AS WRITING AND FILMMAKER COMPETITIONS FOR THE CURRENT UPDATE, ARE UNDER THE TAB ON THE MENU AT LEFT - OR CLICK HERE EVENT QUICKLISTS! 

DUE TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF GENERAL EVENTS, THERE IS A SECOND PAGE FOR 'WHAT'S ON NOW?' AT EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2.

 THIS WEBSITE WAS UPDATED ON TUESDAY, 11 JUNE 2019!

   WHAT'S THE NEWS? TELL US WHAT'S HAPPENING!

THE QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL

Local and international performers will entertain you when THE QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL celebrates music, comedy and dance at venues around Queensland. Whether you love classical or rock‘n’roll music you’ll find something to entrance you.

The Festival is ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 30 June 2019. See WHAT'S ON NOW? for what’s on and where during the Festival, and the top and bottom of the WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? pages for pics and more information about some of the great performers you can see.

SCENIC RIM EAT LOCAL WEEK

During SCENIC RIM EAT LOCAL WEEK, you can taste delicious food and wine from the Scenic Rim region south of Brisbane. This festival includes farm tours, cooking classes, producer dinners, chef specials, pop-up cafés, and you can also pick your own fruit and veg. There is a mix of ticketed and free or low-cost activities.

Take your taste buds to the country from Saturday, 22 June to Sunday, 7 July 2019. See WHAT'S ON NOW? for what’s on where, and check out the top and bottom of those pages for pics and more information about some of the best places to go during the Festival.

BRISBANE PREGNANCY, BABIES AND CHILDREN’S EXPO

If you’re starting a family or thinking about it, at the BRISBANE PREGNANCY BABIES AND CHILDREN’S EXPO, you can chat face-to-face with a wide range of experts and exhibitors, who will give you up-to-date advice and knowledge about pregnancy, newborn care, and the early years of parenting.

It’s happening at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane, from Friday, 28 June to Sunday, 30 June 2019. Go to WHAT'S ON NOW? to find out the details, and the top and bottom of the four pages at COMPETITIONS ETC. for photos and information about what you can see at the Expo.

LIFELINE BOOKFEST BRISBANE (AND THROUGHOUT QUEENSLAND)

It’s on again and it’s huge as usual. Whether you’re a book worm, a dedicated reader, a student, a book collector or someone searching for those long lost books, LIFELINE BOOKFEST BRISBANE is for you. It’s on in Halls 3 & 4 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane, from Saturday, 15 June 2019 until Sunday, 23 June 2019. 

This is a FREE entry event, so spread the love of reading far and wide, and save books from land-fill, while raising incredibly vital funds for Lifeline, the 24-hour Lifeline 13 11 14 Crisis Support Line that offers suicide prevention and bereavement support over the phone, as well as family and crisis support – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

There are millions of books, magazines, records, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, vinyl, board games and much more on offer for prices as low as a dollar! At Bookfest you'll find a $1 section and a $2.50 section. Books in the High Quality section range from $5 to $50, and rare and collectible books are individually priced as marked.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2066915093384888 and also WHAT'S ON NOW? on this website. For parking and transport information, check out the website at http://www.bcec.com.au and for parking at the venue visit https://www.bcec.com.au/visit/car-parking. There is also limited parking available on the surrounding streets (good luck with that).

The Bookfest is also happening at OTHER VENUES AROUND QUEENSLAND – check the website for a Bookfest near you at https://10times.com/bookfest-brisbane! Find out all the details of upcoming Bookfest events at: Caboolture More info; Bundaberg More info; Ipswich More info; Gold Coast More info; Fraser Coast More info; Sunshine Coast More info; Rockhampton More info; Mackay More info.

COMPETITIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES UPDATE

Performance Writers and Filmmakers!

THE AACTA FEATURE FILM AND FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

Entries for the AACTA FEATURE FILM AND FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS are now open. Please refer to the 2019 AACTA Awards Rule Book for details on eligibility. For information on the 2019 Feature Film (Feature Film), Feature Documentary category (Feature Documentary) entries, please visit https://www.aacta.org/aacta-awards/entries. 

Check the website for closing dates in the different categories. As a guide, Feature Film Entries are closing 1 July 2019, and Television Entries, on 22 July 2019.

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH!

Find information and pictures of EVENTS HAPPENING AROUND BRISBANE AND QUEENSLAND on EVENT QUICKLISTS!,  EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2, and WHERE IS BRISBANE?. See NEWS PAGE 2 for WHAT TO DO WHEN POLLIES GO CRACKERS. At the top and bottom of WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages) find pics and information on some of the great performers you can see during THE QUEENSLAND CABARET FESTIVAL.

If you’re starting a family, go to the top and bottom of COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) for information about THE BRISBANE PREGNANCY, BABIES AND CHILDREN’S EXPO. If you fancy wining and dining, country drives, and finding something the kids will love to do during the school holidays, see pics and info at the top and bottom of the WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages) for some of the best places to go during SCENIC RIM EAT LOCAL WEEK.

THE MELT PORTRAIT PRIZE

THE MELT PORTRAIT PRIZE gives visual artists the creative license to celebrate heroes in the LGBTIQ+ Community, whether it be a local icon or an internationally acclaimed personality.

Having developed a reputation for attracting exceptional works of art from across Australia, this highly anticipated portrait prize offers a Judge’s Choice and a People’s Choice Prize. The result is a stunning FREE exhibition, which will be on display throughout the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. It's ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 7 July 2019.

The Judge’s Choice recipient was announced on Friday, 17 May 2019 – see who won at https://brisbanepowerhouse.org.The People’s Choice recipient will be announced during the MELT: FESTIVAL OF QUEER ARTS AND CULTURE to be held from Thursday, 27 June until Sunday, 7 July 2019.

MELT: FESTIVAL OF QUEER ARTS AND CULTURE

Over eleven fabulous days, The MELT: FESTIVAL OF QUEER ARTS AND CULTURE will be held from Thursday, 27 June until Sunday, 7 July 2019 at the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. This mind-blowing and very different festival celebrates five mighty fine years in 2019.

Artistic Director for the Brisbane Powerhouse, KRIS STEWART, says: ‘MELT is one of our most rewarding festivals, an open platform to express the queer experience within a safe and welcoming space. It’s the diversity of art form, the sharing of intimate stories and the connection to community that makes this so unique and special. It is an honest and authentic experience, told by Queer artists to LGBTIQ+ and ally audiences alike.’

Events to MELT are ticketed, except for the experiences with ‘free’ listed throughout the guide – and there are quite a few of those. Pick up a free printed guide from your local library, or go online to find out what’s happening and how much it costs at https://www.meltfestival.com.au.

Book online through the website above, or phone the box office on (07) 3358 8600 (a $6.60 fee applies per transaction, so buy up big and save!). For more about the fabulous MELT: FESTIVAL OF QUEER ARTS AND CULTURE events at the Brisbane Powerhouse, see the poster at the bottom of the page.

If you like your comedy FREE, funny, and full of surprises, you need look no further than Knockoff! During the Festival, a special MELT KNOCKOFF is being programmed each Friday from 6.00 p.m. Enjoy a variety of comedians who will bring you the best one-liners, hilarious stories and side-splitting observations. When can you see them? On Friday, 28 June and Friday, 5 July 2019, at the Brisbane Powerhouse from 6.00 p.m. and it’s all FREE.

TALKING CAN MAKE IT BETTER – THE ART EXHIBITION

This ART EXHIBITION, presented by the Brisbane Powerhouse and the Queensland Aids Council (QuAC), explores how creativity can encourage visual and verbal conversations that aim to reduce suicide and self-harm in the LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities.

As part of the National Suicide Prevention Trial, the Queensland AIDS Council invited artists to submit a visual art response. This exhibition is the result and it’s FREE to see at the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, ON NOW and running until Sunday, 7 July 2019.

AND THAT REALLY IS THE END OF THE NEWS! 


See NEWS PAGE 2 for WHAT TO DO WHEN POLLIES GO CRACKERS!

UPDATES

11. Jun, 2019
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during June 2019, there are COMPETITIONS to enter and OPPORTUNITIES for creators, as well as AUTHORS to meet, WORKSHOPS to attend, and GENERAL EVENTS to go to – most events are FREE or LOW COST.
Over eleven fabulous days, The MELT: FESTIVAL OF QUEER ARTS AND CULTURE will be held from Thursday, 27 June until Sunday, 7 July 2019 at the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. This extravaganza of variety, comedy, drama and diverse entertainment will knock your socks off. See Dolly Diamond’s Bl*nkety Bl*nks, a WWII Love Story, the MELT Beauty Pageant (oh my!), the Killer Queens glam rock group, a dazzling fashion/costume Bowery Hans dance party, and much more. Celebrate the start of MELT with Brisbane’s diverse and generous queer culture at the MELT WITH US PARTY. All are welcome and it’s FREE. Boogie into the Brisbane Powerhouse at 9.00 p.m. on Friday, 28 June 2019. Stick on your sequins and pick up a free printed guide from your local library, or go online to find out what’s happening and how much events cost, at https://www.meltfestival.com.au. (Poster by L.J. May)