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Paw Power!

Is Jamie Durie’s dog, BOHDI, enthusiastic about taking part in the ‘Million Paws Walk?’ on Sunday, 19 May 2019? OK, maybe not. Money raised through online fundraising, merchandise sales and activities on the day will help to provide essential care, veterinary treatment, food and shelter for the more than 15,000 dogs that RSPCA Qld cares for each year. Make an effort Bohdi! (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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Coming up - lots of events for May 2019. See below the quick list for further information and go to pages 1, 3, 4 and 5 for more events.

  • The City Botanic Gardens will once again be transformed into an outdoor gallery during BOTANICA – CONTEMPORARY ART OUTSIDE. Audiences will discover a stunning series of installations set among the beauty of Queensland’s premier heritage garden with a rich public program of tours, talks and workshops. Find your interplay of art and nature in the City Botanic Gardens, 147 Alice Street, Brisbane City. It's ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 19 May 2019.
  • 150+ artists and designers! 25 venues! 17 days! Equals 1 hot city! Art, design, and the City of Brisbane will collide over a 17-day festival of dynamic exhibitions, performances, talks, art tours, workshops and open studios during BRISBANE ART DESIGN (BAD) 2019. Find your inner creative in Brisbane City and surrounding suburbs. It's ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 26 May 2019. 
  • The 4MBS FESTIVAL OF CLASSICS celebrates 40 years of broadcasting with a stunning array of events in the largest festival of its type in Australia. These will be held in Brisbane at various times and locations, and there will also be events on the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, and on radio 4MBS Classic FM 103.7. Pick up a program at your local BCC Library, or visit the website for more about the great music making being celebrated. It's ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 23 June 2019.
  • The BRISBANE STREET ART FESTIVAL (BSAF) is back! The city-wide outdoor art festival’s two week program will include live mural art, music, theatre, numerous exhibitions, creative master classes and workshops from some of our leading creatives at various locations around Brisbane. It’s ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 19 May 2019.
  • During the ANYWHERE THEATRE FESTIVAL, theatre, comedy, circus, dance, music, magic, poetry and a range of experiences will happen in nooks and crannies – backyards, businesses, cafés, book stores, boxing rings, swimming pools – over 500 performances will be held in 70 venues in Brisbane alone – anywhere but a theatre. And there are more events on the Sunshine and Noosa for you to enjoy. Go to the detailed listing to download a program and get ready to be surprised. It's ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 26 May 2019.
  • The BLUES ON BROADBEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL is one of Australia’s largest non-ticketed music festivals. There will be multiple performance areas, amazing food at local bars and restaurants, and activities for all ages throughout the festival precinct. Get down to Broadbeach on the Gold Coast from Thursday, 16 May to Sunday, 19 May 2019.

 

The Event: BOTANICA – CONTEMPORARY ART OUTSIDE

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 19 May 2019.

Venue: City Botanic Gardens, 147 Alice Street, Brisbane City. View on Google Maps

Ticket price: FREE to attend most events without booking, but you do have to book for a few of them so that organisers can manage numbers. Check out the websites at https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-on/search?parent-event=botanica and https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/things-to-do-brisbane/council-venues/parks/city-botanic-gardens/botanica for more information.

What’s happening: In its second year, the City Botanic Gardens will once again be transformed into an outdoor gallery during BOTANICA – CONTEMPORARY ART OUTSIDE, during which you are invited to consider new perspectives through the interplay of art and nature.

Audiences will uncover a stunning series of installations set among the beauty of Queensland’s premier heritage garden. Artists responded to the theme ‘Remnant Landscapes’, to consider what the world looked like before people arrived on the continent and imagining a future perspective in relation to the way we are now.

Botanica will offer a rich public program of tours, talks and workshops. Friday night up-late sessions will feature live performances, projection artworks and food trucks. Get the kids involved with the self-guided Children's Discovery Trail. Pick up a map anytime from the Botanica information point to find all six artworks and activities.

 

The Event: BRISBANE ART DESIGN (BAD) FESTIVAL

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 26 May 2019.

Venue: Brisbane City and surrounding suburbs.  

Ticket price: There are both free and ticketed events. For the full program, visit the website at http://www.brisbaneartdesign.com.au.

What’s happening: 150+ artists and designers! 25 venues! 17 days! Equals 1 hot city! Art, design, and the City of Brisbane will collide over a 17-day festival of dynamic exhibitions, performances, talks, art tours, workshops and open studios during BRISBANE ART DESIGN (BAD) 2019. The festival will showcase over 150 Brisbane creatives, from emerging artists making a name for themselves locally, to trailblazers who are redefining creativity on the international stage.

BAD was founded by the Museum of Brisbane (MoB) and champions the Brisbane art and design sector in order to spotlight our thriving cultural identity through the places, histories and climate which inspire our collective creativity. MoB will function as the official BADhub, with plans to spread across 25 venues, including the CBD, West End, Fortitude Valley, Highgate Hill, South Brisbane, Woolloongabba, and Bowen Hills, to name just a few.

At the heart of the program is a signature exhibition at the MoB which profiles Brisbane’s brightest names in art and design. The exhibition will run from Friday, 10 May 2019 until Sunday, 11 August 2019. Visit the website above for the full festival program and enjoy. Sometimes it’s good to be BAD.

The wider BAD@MoB program offers a range of workshops, talks, performances and tours amplifying the creative mavericks and diverse voices of Brisbane art and design. This is what makes them BAD.

Enthusiasts can take part in the BAD OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND, where they will discover the beating heart of Brisbane’s creative community over a weekend of events from Friday, 17 May to Sunday, 19 May, 2019. Go behind the scenes to learn what makes creatives tick by taking part in a curated series of studio tours, design demos, hands-on workshops, and talks.

The tours will take you into the studios of ceramicists, printmakers, graphic designers, robot programmers, furniture makers and more. The events are FREE, but registrations are required for some venues. Go to the website above to find out what’s on and where.

 

The Event: 4MBS FESTIVAL OF CLASSICS – CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF 4MBS

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 23 June 2019.

Venue: Various times and locations, including events on the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane, the Gold Coast south of Brisbane, and on radio 4MBS Classic FM 103.7. Pick up a program at your local BCC Library, or visit the website at http://www.4mbs.com.au/festival-of-classics

Ticket price: Most events are ticketed. Various prices – to see what’s on, go to http://www.4mbs.com.au/festival-of-classics. Most bookings may be made through 4MBS Ticketing on (07) 3847 1717 daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., or the website at https://www.4mbs.com.au, which will also give booking details for other venues.

What’s happening: The 4MBS FESTIVAL OF CLASSICS celebrates 40 years of 4MBS! Gary Thorpe, OAM, General Manager of 4MBS Classic FM says: ‘2019 marks 40 years on air for 4MBS Classic FM, Brisbane’s fine music radio station which produces this festival. Since 1 March 1979, 4MBS has fostered a community of classical music lovers by making the classics accessible via radio and live events. Last year, 4MBS won the national Community Broadcasting’s Award for Excellence in Community Engagement for their festivals. We also thank Brisbane City Council and Arts Queensland for their support.

‘MBS stands for ‘Music Broadcasting Society’ and in this year’s festival we celebrate the ‘MBS’ of composers – Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and many more who start with M, B, or S! This is the largest festival of its type in Australia and MBS is proud to support Queensland performers and thank them for taking part. We hope to see you at the festival.’

If you love the sound of a large orchestra giving it their all, book in now for the ORCHESTRAL SPECTACULAR, which will knock you over with a majestic concert of the world’s greatest classics in the Main Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall, King George Square, Brisbane, on Sunday, 23 June at 3.00 p.m. (Event 32).

The Brisbane Symphony Orchestra will play all your favourites by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, Ravel (yes, it’s Bolero), Mozart, Puccini, Mussorgsky, R. Strauss, and more. Weaving the baton will be conductor Antoni Bonetti, manning the mighty organ, Christopher Wrench, soprano Anna Stephens will soar and, hosting the event, will be the very operatic Jason Barry-Smith (who also does a mean Noel Coward impression, but probably not on this occasion).

 

The Event: BRISBANE STREET ART FESTIVAL

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 19 May 2019.

Venue: Various locations around Brisbane.

Ticket price: Bookings may be required for some events. For more information visit Brisbane Street Art Festival

What’s happening: The BRISBANE STREET ART FESTIVAL (BSAF) is a city-wide outdoor art festival returning this May. The festival’s two week program will include live mural art, music, theatre, numerous exhibitions, creative master classes and workshops from some of our leading creatives, offering a diverse program of learning, creative development and collaboration.

Painting on the Valley Mall temporary walls will be two Australian artists, BENJAMIN REEVE, and RACHAEL SARRA. Collaborative work with both BSAF and the Queensland Poetry Festival will also be produced, where EMERGING LOCAL POETS, Anna Jacobson, Anisa Nandaula, Shastra Deo, Raelee Lancaster, Sachem Parkin Owens, and Mindy Gill, will be writing their words on a Temporary Wall in a blending of poetry and public art.

 

The Event: ANYWHERE THEATRE FESTIVAL

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 26 May 2019.

Venue: Various venues around Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. To find an event near you, go to https://anywhere.is.

Ticket price: Various prices. Visit the Anywhere Theatre Festival website at https://anywhereis/2019-program to find out what’s on and where to book.

What’s happening: The ANYWHERE THEATRE FESTIVAL is coming to Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Noosa, with performances anywhere but a theatre. The festival will feature over 500 performances hosted in 70 venues throughout Brisbane alone.

The first anywhere-but-in-a-traditional-theatre concept was brought to Brisbane in 2011 by creative director, Pal Osch, and his partner, Ally McTavish, who felt that we needed to take traditional storytelling out of theatre buildings and back into the community where life actually happens. 

Theatre, comedy, circus, dance, music, magic, poetry and a range of experiences will happen in nooks and crannies – backyards, businesses, cafés, book stores, boxing rings, swimming pools – anywhere but a theatre. And if they do use a theatre, you can be sure they will use it in a way that is different to what you expect.  Enjoy unconventional pop-up events in the most unusual places, which will forever change your memories of car parks, reservoirs and stairwells.

 

The Event: THE BLUES ON BROADBEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL

Date and time: Thursday, 16 May to Sunday, 19 May 2019.

Venue: Throughout the Broadbeach CBD on the Gold Coast, south of Brisbane, Queensland. Check out the FAQs at https://bluesonbroadbeach.com/festival-info/faqs for how to get there and other visitor information.

Ticket price: FREE to attend, but if you’re looking to score a front row spot for one of their headline acts, they do have a ‘first in, best dressed’ policy. Check out the https://bluesonbroadbeach.com for an overview of the festival, and go to https://bluesonbroadbeach.com/artist-announcements for the 2019 line-up, and to download the FREE Blues on Broadbeach app.

What’s happening: See your favourite blues and roots entertainers at Australia’s largest non-ticketed music festival. THE BLUES ON BROADBEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL started in May 2002 and is one of Australia’s largest non-ticketed music festivals. Seventeen years after its humble beginnings, the Festival has grown to become an event of international standing, boasting a stellar local and international line-up.

Each year the festival remains a must-see on Queensland’s calendar of events, and highlights the best parts of the Sunshine State, with multiple performance areas, both on the stunning beachfront and throughout the vibrant streets of Broadbeach, amazing food at local bars and restaurants, and activities for all ages throughout the festival precinct.

THE BLUES ON BROADBEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL APP is the go-to guide for all information regarding the Festival with everything you need to know at your finger tips, check out the artist line-up, bios, performance times, venues, the full festival program and much more (see the link above). The app even has a unique ‘Meet Me’ function so you will never lose track of friends and family. Please note the Blues on Broadbeach App will be updated with all event details closer to the event. Check out their Facebook page for all the latest updates.

 

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