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   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 AND OPPORTUNITIES 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.

 THE NEWS WAS UPDATED ON FRIDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2018!

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

ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS FREE FILM SCREENINGS

The ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS (APSA) has partnered with the BRISASIA FESTIVAL to bring some of the best Asia Pacific cinema to Brisbane audiences, and screenings are FREE to attend. APSA is the region’s highest accolade in film, where cinematic excellence shines. Here are some of the treats in store for you:

  • NEWTON: Winner Best Actor and Best Screenplay. Hindi with English subtitles (2017) (107 minutes). Friday, 16 February 2018 from 6.30 p.m. to 8.15 p.m., at SunPAC, Sunnybank. This venue is wheelchair accessible.
  • SUMMER PARTY FIREWORKS: Japanese with English subtitles (2017) (90 minutes). Saturday, 17 February 2018 from 8.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m., at South Bank Piazza, South Bank. This venue is wheelchair accessible.
  • INALA LUNCHBOX FOOD FESTIVAL – A LETTER TO MOMO: Won 2012 Best Animated Feature. Japanese with English subtitles. (2011) (120 minutes). Sunday, 18 February 2018 from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m., at Inala Plaza and Inala Civil Arcade, Inala.
  • WINDOW HORSES: Winner Best Animated Feature Film. Canada. (2016) (88 minutes). Friday, 23 February 2018 from 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m., at SunPAC, Sunnybank. This venue is wheelchair accessible.
  • LUNAR NEW YEAR ROOFTOP PARTY – THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA: Won 2014 Best Animated Feature. Japanese with English subtitles. (2013) (82 minutes). Saturday, 24 February 2018 from 8.00 p.m. to 9.25 p.m. at the SunnybankPlaza rooftop car park, Sunnybank.
  • KISARAGI-SAI – ANCIEN AND THE MAGIC TABLET: Japanese with English subtitles. (2017) (110minutes). Saturday, 24 February 2018 from 8.30 p.m. to 10.15 p.m., at the Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland, BrisbaneCity.
  • THAT INSTA-LIFE –  KING OF PEKING: Mandarin with English subtitles (2017) (88 minutes). Sunday, 25 February 2018 from 5.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m., in the Chinatown Mall, Fortitude Valley. This venue is wheelchair accessible.

BRISASIA SYMPOSIUM!

The inaugural BRISASIA SYMPOSIUM will bring together arts practitioners, creative thinkers and cultural influencers to share, demonstrate, discuss and debate. Explore ideas and themes that relate to holism, mindfulness, creativity, art, culture and identity. Contribute to the transformation of Brisbane as cultures and communities come together in a celebration of our evolving identity.

The BrisAsia Symposium will be held on Saturday, 17 February from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, South Brisbane. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Tickets are $20 adults and $10 concession, students and pensioners. To book online, head for the website at http://qpac.com.au.

 THE BRISASIA FESTIVAL 2018 HITS BRISBANE IN FEBRUARY

The BRISASIA FESTIVAL 2018 is ON NOW and will run until Sunday, 4 March 2018, with many events being held across Brisbane. Celebrate contemporary and traditional Asian arts and experience exciting and diverse cultural events. Go to the WHAT'S ON NOW? pages to find out what’s on during BrisAsia, and visit http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/brisasiafestival for more information.

LUNAR NEW YEAR ROOFTOP PARTY

Celebrate the LUNAR NEW YEAR on Saturday, 24 February 2018 from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. with a ROOFTOP PARTY to be held at the Sunnybank Plaza rooftop car park at Sunnybank. It’s FREE to attend. The party will showcase an Asian art gallery, tea house, beauty salon, games den and workshops on calligraphy, lanterns and percussion.

Opening with lion and dragon dancers, PopAsia’s ANDY TRIEU will present traditional dance and music including a K-pop dance performance and workshop. The party will wind down with a screening of Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya followed by a spectacular fireworks show. Happy Year of the Dog!

KISARAGI-SAI – FACETS OF JAPANESE CULTURE

Experience the many facets of Japanese culture and society during KISARAGI-SAI. Explore the intricate crafts of bonsai and ikebana, and savour authentic Japanese food from Brisbane’s top Japanese restaurants. Enjoy contemporary and traditional music, fashion stalls, children’s activities, Tea Ceremony and a Kimono display. There will be martial arts displays, Taiko drumming and ANCIEN AND THE MAGIC TABLET, a Japanese Asia Pacific Screen Awards film screening.

Come dressed in your Yukata; all are welcome to join in the Bon-Orodi dance (don’t ask – I have no idea). This great event is on Saturday, 24 February 2018 from 5.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at the Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane City, and the film screens from 8.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. This venue is wheelchair accessible so everyone can join in.

THAT INSTA LIFE

Starting at the Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City Hall, learn INSTAGRAM AESTHETICS AND TRICKS with a master blogger on Sunday, 25 February 2018. See https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-on/event/insta-life for more information. Then join a guided walking tour through Fortitude Valley’s diverse streetscapes and Brisbane’s iconic street art, including the BrisAsia Outdoor Gallery. Meet at the Museum of Brisbane, City Hall for the 1.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. tour.

Now for a film! After discovering some of Brisbane’s most photogenic inner-city locations, enjoy a showing of KING OF PEKING, a film by Australian director Sam Voutas, presented by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in the Chinatown Mall, Fortitude Valley and showing from 5.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

 LAST CHANCE TO SEE THE BRISASIA OUTDOOR GALLERY EXHIBITION AND THE WILLIAM JOLLY BRIDGE PROJECTIONS 

Wander through the temporary OUTDOOR GALLERIES located in the Brisbane CBD and experience the striking BRISASIA EXHIBITION until Sunday, 4 March 2018. You’ll find the galleries in the King George Square car park, Hutton Lane and Eagle Lane in the City, and Fish Lane at South Bank. All areas are wheelchair accessible.

Watch the heritage-listed WILLIAM JOLLY BRIDGE in the city transform into a canvas as the work of artists are projected onto the pillars and arches – take your camera. See THE FOREST OF THE NIGHT by Myo Yim from 14 February to 18 February and 28 February to 4 March 2018, and WHALE by Bima Perera from 21 January to 25 February 2018.

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH

Find information and pictures of events happening around Brisbane and Queensland on EVENT QUICKLISTS! and EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2., and share the love on ST VALENTINE’S DAY at the top and bottom of NEWS PAGE 2 and the blog pages WHERE IS BRISBANE?, WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages), COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) and WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages). 

THE BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL IS BACK!

Get ready to laugh and iron out the wrinkles – it’s a workout for your face! The BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL rolls into town from Friday, 23 February to Sunday, 25 March 2018.

All your favourites will be there, including CAL WILSON, CELIA PACQUOLA, DAVE HUGHES, FIONA O’LOUGHLIN (if she survives ‘I’m a Celebrity...’ – what was she thinking?), JIMEOIN, JOEL CREASEY, URZILA CARLSON, LAWRENCE MOONEY, PETER HELLIAR, STEPHEN K. AMOS, TOM GLEESON (laugh HARD), WIL ANDERSON and many more. It’s an astonishing lineup.

Artistic Director of the Brisbane Powerhouse KRIS STEWART says: ‘From humble beginnings, the Brisbane Comedy Festival is now Australia’s fastest growing comedy festival, and like all decent young upstarts we’re making our mark...

‘The program is bursting at the seams with our largest ever lineup of more than 70 comedians, and this year we’re laying comical siege across THREE mighty venues – the Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and a new venue in SunPAC. From stand-up to improvisation, musical and sketch comedy, comedy legends and newbies, we’re dishing up non-stop laughs for everyone’s sense of humour.’

BOOKINGS: Make your bookings online at http://www.brisbanecomedyfestival.com  or phone +61 7 3358 8600.

The Brisbane Comedy Festival Gala!

Kicking off the Brisbane Comedy Festival 2018 is the BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL GALA. Frock on up and join host, Brisbane’s MEL BUTTLE, and fellow crowd pleasers MATT OKINE, LUKE HEGGIE, BECKY LUCAS, DEMI LARDNER and SURPRISE GUESTS at this night-of-nights variety extravaganza of non-stop laughs.

The gala will light up the night at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, 23 February 2018 in the Main Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall. Tickets are $60 (f), $54 (c) and a transaction fee of $5.95 applies. Organisers would like festival goers to note that this event is only suitable for people aged over 15 on account of it may contain coarse language. Really? These days, those under 15 could probably give us some tips. Book in now at http://www.brisbanecomedyfestival.com.

Where are the venues?

Eat, Drink and be Funny at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and SunPAC. Don’t know where they are? THE BRISBANE POWERHOUSE is at 119 Lamington Street, New Farm, Brisbane. You can get a CityCat to New Farm Park and walk, or the 195 and 196 bus services will get you there with both stops a short walk from the Brisbane Powerhouse. You can take a taxi or Uber ride, but if you’re driving, note that there are only a couple of hundred parking spaces available.

Maybe get the courtesy bus that will run on a loop from Brisbane Powerhouse to Fortitude Valley on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 6.00 p.m. (approximately every 15 minutes). The FREE pick up and drop off point in town is outside the Empire Hotel (cnr Brunswick and Ann Streets) and at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Go to https://translink.com.au for timetable information.

For visitors who may not know, the BRISBANE CITY HALL is at 65 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City. The closest ferry terminal is North Quay, and there is a major bus interchange underneath King George Square and the Queen Street Mall, as well as many bus stops along Adelaide Street. City Hall is only a 5–10 minute walk from the Central and Roma Street train stations. Paid car parking is available at the King George Square car park, located directly underneath King George Square. Mortgage your house if you’re coming in early.

Find SUNPAC at 470 McCullough Street, Sunnybank. The 155, 123, 140 and 598 bus services stop near the McCullough Street intersection. All stops are within a 5–15 minute walk away from SunPAC. Taxi drop-off zones are signed and located along the main driveway off McCullough Street. SunPAC provides ample parking spaces with an outdoor carpark as well as an underground carpark which provides direct access via a lift into the foyer free of charge.

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE NED KELLY AWARDS 2018

The AUSTRALIAN CRIME WRITERS ASSOCIATION are now taking submissions for the 2018 NED KELLY AWARDS, with details about the S.D. HARVEY SHORT STORY AWARDS to be announced shortly. It would be a crime not to enter your masterpiece. See more about the awards at NED KELLY AWARDS on the menu at left. 

The Guidelines can be found at 2018 Ned Kelly Awards Guidelines and the Submissions Form at 2018 Ned Kelly Awards Submissions FormSubmissions will close on Saturday, 31 March 2018.  If you have queries or are experiencing any problems with your submission, email the ACWA at nedkellyawards@austcrimewriters.com. 

BIG SCREEN/LITTLE SCREEN!

Go to NEWS PAGE 2 to check out the Top Ten new Australian TV shows to watch out for in 2018, the Australian Writers’ Guild’s online portal showcasing world-class projects to producers, and consider whether the culture in the entertainment industry is part of the problem as far as sexual harassment is concerned? 

 

AND THAT REALLY WILL BE THE END OF THE NEWS!

UPDATES

16. Feb, 2018
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during February 2018, 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.
FOR THE KIDS: Q: What do squirrels give for Valentine's Day? A: Forget-me-nuts. Q: What did the valentine card say to the stamp? A: Stick with me and we'll go places! Q: What did the light bulb say to the switch? A: You turn me on. Q: Did Adam and Eve ever have a date? A: No, but they had an apple. Q: What did the boy octopus say to the girl octopus? A: Can I hold your hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand? (Photo/artwork courtesy of www.webdesignhot.com)