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Event Horizon 2 - What's on Now?

Celebrate LUNAR NEW YEAR in Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown Mall. Get involved in the festivities with lion and dragon dancers, fire shows, traditional music, cultural performances, interactive workshops and roving street performers, to welcome the YEAR OF THE RAT. Head for Fortitude Valley on Saturday, 1 February from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m., and Sunday, 2 February 2020 from 12.00 noon to 5.00 p.m. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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FIND OUT WHAT'S ON IN BRISBANE RIGHT NOW!

See below for a brief overview of what's happening and then click on the appropriate link on this page, or the tabs on the menu at left for the full details.

THESE PAGES WERE UPDATED ON MONDAY, 20 JANUARY 2020!

'WHAT'S ON NOW?' – low cost or free general events for you and your family to enjoy.

These pages were updated on Monday, 20 January 2020!

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  • 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. There are also Bookfests happening at other venues around Queensland – check the website, but in Brisbane it’s ON NOW at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale St, South Brisbane, and runs until Monday, 27 January 2020.
  • The annual SUMMER FESTIVAL at the State Library of Queensland has activities for children of all ages, with something new and exciting for your family to enjoy. There are events for under 8s, ages 8 to 12, ages 12 to 15, and ages 15 to 17. Some events are free and some are ticketed. You need to book in at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) for events. It's ON NOW and runs until Saturday, 25 January 2020.
  • To celebrate this year’s Brisbane Chinese Festival, the Brisbane City Council will be projecting YIN LU’s artwork PRICELESS TREASURE onto the William Jolly Bridge from Wednesday, 22 January to Sunday 26 January 2020, from 5.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. nightly.
  • Get ready for the BRISASIA FESTIVAL with LUNAR NEW YEAR excitement at Sunnybank. Enjoy ice carving, Chinese calligraphy and much more, to herald in 2020 and the YEAR OF THE RAT. It’s FREE! Head for the Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park Shopping Centre, Sunnybank, Brisbane, from Wednesday, 22 January to Sunday, 26 January 2020, from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily.
  • The Mormons are coming back! The BOOK OF MORMON returns to Brisbane after a sold-out season in 2019. Due to popular demand, the ‘funniest musical of all time’ (Entertainment Weekly) is coming back to the Lyric Theatre, QPAC, South Bank, Brisbane for a limited season of six weeks only, beginning on Friday, 3 January 2020. Enter the BOOK OF MORMON DIGITAL LOTTERY for the opportunity to buy tickets for just $40 each (max 2 tickets) – see the detailed listing for more.

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  • This year, AUSTRALIA DAY is on Sunday, 26 January and the AUSTRALIA DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY is on Monday, 27 January 2020. Discover things to do in Brisbane this Australia Day long weekend from Saturday, 25 January to Monday, 27 January 2020. Enjoy AUSTRALIA DAY AT SOUTH BANK on Sunday, 26 January 2020, from 2.00 p.m. to 7.40 p.m.
  • For the ultimate AUSTRALIA DAY experience, families are guaranteed a ripper of a time on the beach at Redcliffe. Bring a picnic blanket and fold-up chairs, find the perfect spot, and relax as you watch the kids play in the water and sand. There will be something for everyone from beach activities to food trucks and live music at Suttons Beach, Redcliffe, on Sunday, 26 January from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
  • If you want to unwind after a busy week, there’s no better way than to kick back and enjoy TWILIGHT JAZZ BY THE RIVER. At this free event, watch the sun set over the Brisbane River and enjoy the city lights and smooth jazz, with delicious canapés and bar available onsite at The Queensland Maritime Museum Park, 412 Stanley Street, South Brisbane, on Friday, 31 January 2020 from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
  • For two weeks only, visitors to the World War II Gallery at the ANZAC SQUARE MEMORIAL GALLERIES can see a colourful Venetian glass mosaic created by DON ROSS. Featuring 140,000 hand-cut glass enamel tiles (mixed with soil from World War II graves) this is a powerful tribute to those who served. Head for ANZAC Square to view the mosaic and other treasures from NOW until Tuesday, 28 January 2020.
  • The Brisbane City Council and people who organise THINGS TO DO IN BRISBANE DURING THE HOLIDAYS have been busy. It's that time of year – everyone is tired, the kids are ready for a holiday, and you just want to get the family out of the house. There are heaps of great day out options right here in Brisbane – some are ticketed and many are free. Check out the detailed entry to find out what you can see and do across Brisbane during January 2020.

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  • British actor DAVID SUCHET has been performing on stage, screen and television for over 50 years, notably for most people, as Agatha Christie’s elegant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in the television series. Come behind the screen and curtain when David Suchet makes an eagerly awaited return to Brisbane in Poirot And More: A Retrospective, at the Concert Hall, QPAC, South Brisbane, on Friday, 31 January and Saturday, 1 February 2020.
  • In celebration of this year’s BRISASIA FESTIVAL, the Brisbane City Council will be projecting CHLOE BENNETT’s artwork SAKURA onto the William Jolly Bridge from Saturday, 1 February to Wednesday, 5 February, and Wednesday, 19 February to Sunday, 23 February 2020, from 5.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. nightly.
  • Celebrate LUNAR NEW YEAR in Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown Mall. Get involved in the festivities with lion and dragon dancers, fire shows, traditional music, cultural performances, interactive workshops and roving street performers, to welcome the YEAR OF THE RAT. Head for Fortitude Valley on Saturday, 1 February from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m., and Sunday, 2 February 2020 from 12.00 noon to 5.00 p.m.
  • THE NOOSA SUMMER SWIM FESTIVAL is a weekend festival offering a range of distances from junior events to the 5.0KM NOOSA GRAND PRIX as well as events and activities for the whole family. Join thousands of Queenslanders and special guests for a huge weekend of sun, surf and swims at Noosa Main Beach on the Sunshine Coast, on Saturday, 1 February and Sunday, 2 February 2020.
  • CIRQUE DU SOLEIL returns to Australia with its most acclaimed touring show, KURIOS: CABINET OF CURIOSITIES. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. This spectacular performance from Cirque Du Soleil is ON NOW under the Big Top, Northshore, Hamilton, and will run until Sunday, 23 February 2020.

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  • The Medibank​ Feel Good Program FREE FITNESS PROGRAM returns from 27 January 2020, with 12 different classes to choose from including yoga and dancing. There are two class locations – South Bank Parklands and the City. There is also a program for 7 WAYS TO GET FIT IN BRISBANE, with hundreds of free and low-cost active and healthy classes, workshops and green spaces to exercise in across Brisbane. See the main listing for details.
  • The NEW WOMAN exhibition presents a snapshot of the art, personal stories and enduring legacies of Brisbane’s most significant and ground-breaking women artists between 1920–2019, reflected in painting, photography, sculpture, performance and installation works on a scale never before seen. The exhibition is ON NOW at the Museum of Brisbane, Gallery 1 in Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane CBD, and continues daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., and from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. on Fridays, until Sunday, 15 March 2020.
  • SPOKEN: CELEBRATING QUEENSLAND LANGUAGES, is a FREE EXHIBITION discovering the survival and revival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Spoken presents an alternative retelling of the prevailing colonial narrative – placing rare historical records alongside the inspiring work of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who tell their own language stories through art, song and creativity. The exhibition is ON NOW at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ), and will run until Sunday, 19 April 2020.  
  • Music enthusiasts won’t want to miss the HIGH ROTATION EXHIBITION, which dives into the songs, stories and images of the Brisbane music scene, exploring a world of musicians and managers, labels and producers, venues and fans over the past 30 years. It reveals a snapshot of how popular music in Brisbane exploded from the local scene onto national and international stages. The exhibition is ON NOW at the Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City Hall, and runs until Monday, 20 April 2020.
  • Feeling brave? At the SPIDERS EXHIBITION, visitors can explore the fascinating world of spiders, one of the most formidable and often feared creatures in Australia. Get up close and personal with 200 spider specimens and 12 live species. If you’re up for it, head for the Queensland Museum, Cultural Precinct, Corner of Melbourne and Grey Streets, South Bank, Brisbane. The creepy crawlies exhibition is ON NOW and runs until Monday, 4 May 2020.

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  • MOONS: WORLDS OF MYSTERY at the planetarium. This event is ongoing and fascinating, as are a galaxy of OTHER SHOWS and DISPLAYS for kids and adults – it’s enough to make your jaw drop.
  • Discover Brisbane and live the magic with a BRISBANE GREETERS TOUR. These tours are run by a 200-strong team of volunteers who provide a free, authentic sightseeing service for locals and visitors on an ongoing basis.
  • Visit the MUSEUM OF BRISBANE at City Hall for exciting new exhibitions. The MoB updates its attractions regularly to both inform and entertain the citizens of Brisbane and visitors to our city.
  • WALK THE BEE GEES WAY between Redcliffe Parade and Sutton Street at Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia – opened by Barry Gibb on 14 February 2013. ONGOING ATTRACTION.

 

EVENT QUICKLISTS!

WATCHWORDS HOME

British actor DAVID SUCHET makes an eagerly awaited return to Brisbane with POIROT AND MORE: A RETROSPECTIVE. For over 25 years David captured the attention of millions of people worldwide as Agatha Christie’s elegant Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. Beyond Poirot, however, this Emmy Award-winning and multi-Olivier-nominated actor has been performing for over 50 years and is rightly celebrated for his portrayal of such iconic roles as Lady Bracknell, Cardinal Benelli, Freud, and many more. Discover why David Suchet is renowned for not only becoming the role, but also taking on the personalities of some of television and theatre’s most fascinating characters. You will have to mortgage your house (or a part thereof) depending on what kind of tickets you want to buy, but if you’re a Suchet or Christie fan you would probably crawl over hot coals for this experience. See David Suchet at the Concert Hall, QPAC, South Brisbane, on Friday, 31 January and/or Saturday, 1 February 2020. Phone 136 246 or book online through https://www.qpac.com.au/event/david_suchet_20/. Believe it or not, even at these prices tickets are selling fast. (Photo montage by L.J. May)