MARRIAGE EQUALITY? Australia says YES! Wednesday, 15 November 2017. How happy is Magda Szubanski! Despite a personal tragedy in her life this year, Magda, one of Australia’s most respected actors, authors and comedians, continued to provide a voice to represent those who had none. Many thousands of people campaigned for the YES vote, but in the minds of many Australians it will always be Magda who was the face of the successful ‘yes’ campaign. Onya Magda! (Photo by L.J. May S/S. ‘The Project’, Channel 10.)
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WHAT'S ON IN BRISBANE RIGHT NOW?
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DUE TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF GENERAL EVENTS, THERE IS A SECOND PAGE
FOR 'WHAT'S ON NOW?' AT EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2.
NEWS WAS UPDATED ON FRIDAY, 24 NOVEMBER 2017!
THE NEWS? TELL US WHAT'S HAPPENING!
LIGHT UP THE CHRISTMAS TREE!
BRISBANE’S CHRISTMAS TREE is a massive 20 metres high and is Queensland’s largest solar-powered Christmas tree. Lighting the Christmas tree has been a much-loved tradition for Brisbane residents and
visitors over many generations. Gather in King George Square on Saturday, 25 November 2017 at 6.30 p.m. to see Lord Mayor Graham Quirk flick the switch to send streams of light shooting across the city.
entertainment with a special Christmas performance at this FREE EVENT. Carollers will sing all your favourite Christmas songs and the kids might even catch a glimpse of Santa. The tree will light up the city sky every night until Christmas Eve.
And keep an eye on Brisbane’s iconic City Hall, which will be spectacularly lit to celebrate Christmas in Brisbane. The Gold Lotto City Hall Lights will run every 15 minutes
from until midnight, starting on Friday, 8 December 2017 and running through until Christmas Eve.
LORD MAYOR’S CHARITABLE TRUST CHRISTMAS APPEAL
Christmas isn’t fun for everybody. Help improve the wellbeing of our community’s marginalised
and vulnerable members through the annual LORD MAYOR’S CHARITABLE TRUST CHRISTMAS APPEAL. Every dollar donated goes to charities supporting people with a disability, experiencing homelessness or suffering mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction, trauma,
abuse or neglect.
The appeal runs from Monday, 27 November
until Friday, 22 December 2017. Anything you can spare, no matter how small, will be gratefully appreciated. Visit http://lmct.org.au to make a donation, or call (07) 3403 5381.
IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH
On Wednesday, 15 November 2017 the results were in and the outcome was clear. The people of Australia said YES to fairness. YES to love. And YES to marriage equality. See pics on EVENT QUICKLISTS!, EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2, and WHERE
Some WELL-KNOWN CELEBRITIES and SERIOUSLY GOOD WRITERS descended
on Brisbane this November to tell us about their books – and they’ve filmed Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express yet again, but with Kenneth Branagh as Poirot – this taxes the little grey cells. Check out some of the people who came, with pics and info at the top and bottom of the blog pages WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (5 pages),
The madness of THE MELBOURNE CUP was upon us in November as fashion gurus and milliners feverishly finalised their fine creations
for Fashions on the Field throughout the country. We present scenes from Cups past at the top and bottom of the blog pages at COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) and WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages). Recognise anyone?
IN BRIEF – WHAT’S ON
WONDERLAND FESTIVAL 2017 – Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm from Thursday, 23 November to Sunday, 3 December 2017. Check out the outstanding line-up of local performers, comedy, burlesque, circus, music,
theatre and more that make up the celebration that is Wonderland. Events are ticketed. Go to the website to find your pleasure on http://www.brisbanepowerhouse.org.
ETSY MADE LOCAL MARKET
– ExhibitionBuilding, Brisbane Showgrounds on Friday, 24 November and Saturday, 25 November 2017 at various times. The market will feature an array of local and talented Etsy sellers and workshops. It’s FREE. Check out the website at http://etsy.com/au/etsymadelocalaustralia.
The Queensland Pops Orchestra’s ever-popular NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA CONCERTS always sell out early. These will blast off at QPAC, South Brisbane on 31 December 2017 at 5.30 p.m. and 9.00 p.m. Dress up, bling up, and join family
and friends to welcome in the New Year at the most glamorous fun-filled night of music and exuberance you’ll experience all year. Book NOW if you want to go at http://qpac.com.au or phone 136 246.
REDISCOVER THE JOYS OF BIKE RIDING
Holidays are coming and
so is the shock of finding that you’ve piled on the pounds during the festive season – or you plan to. No better way to get rid of them and get fit than getting back on your bike. Haven’t done that for a while? No worries. It may sound daunting
but CYCLING BRISBANE will help you every step of the way to navigate the world of bike riding in Brisbane.
Cycling Brisbane has produced A SERIES OF ANIMATED VIDEOS providing
essential information about road rules as well as safety and riding tips for beginners. These are featured on the Cycling Brisbane website and on Facebook. Whether you ride every day or are just starting out, you will discover a lot of helpful information
on the website at http://www.cyclingbrisbane.com.au.
If you’re still wondering where to go, the booklet Riding in Brisbane: Your guide to the best of Brisbane on two wheels, produced by Cycling Brisbane and the Brisbane City Council, features 23 maps of rides. You
can pick it up at your local Brisbane City Council Library or information centre. To assist other riders, you can also share your two wheel adventure via #cycling Brisbane.
AND THAT'S THE END OF THE NEWS!