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Happy New Year!

‘One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.’ – John Burroughs. (Greeting Card Courtesy of 123NewYear.com: modified by L.J. May)

Watchwords

Coming up - lots of events for January 2020. See below the quick list for further information and go to pages 1, 3, 4 and 5 for more events. 

  • 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.

 

The Event: THE LIFELINE BOOKFEST

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Monday, 27 January 2020. TIMES: Saturday, 18 January – 7.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., Friday, 24 January – 8.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. Every other day – 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane. For details of transport to the venue, please refer to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition centre website at http://www.bcec.com.au.

Ticket price: FREE to attend. For more information about what’s happening and a map, go to the websites https://www.unitingcareqld.com.au/get-involved/events-and-courses/events/lifeline-bookfest-brisbane and https://www.unitingcareqld.com.au/lifeline/bookfest.

What’s happening: The LIFELINE BOOKFEST BRISBANE is the largest second-hand book sale in Queensland and the biggest fundraising event that supports the 24-hour Lifeline 13 11 14 Crisis Support Line. This life-saving service offers suicide prevention and bereavement support over the phone as well as family and crisis support – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Bookfest is on again in Brisbane and continues over ten massive days, with millions of books, magazines, comics, records, puzzles, sheet music, DVDs, CDs, vinyl, board games and much more on offer for prices as low as a dollar!

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 the place for you, so get down to the BCEC and grab a great book or a dozen or more.

THE BOOKS ARE DIVIDED INTO CATEGORIES FOR EASE OF BROWSING: Art/Music, Australiana, Biography, CDs, Children’s, Comics, Cooking, DVDs, Family, Foreign Language, Games/Puzzles, Hardback Fiction, Health, History, Humour/New Age, Lifestyle, Literature/Classics, Magazines, Paperback Fiction, Rare and Collectables, Records, Reference, Religion, Science Fiction, Science/Politics, Sports, Stationery, Textbooks, Travel, True Crime, War/Vehicles, Young Adult. 

  • Hire a trolley for as long as you like for $2.
  • BYO bags or purchase an enviro bag for $1.
  • Food and drink available for purchase.
  • EFTPOS available.
  • ATMs on main exhibition concourse.
  • Bookfest floor plan – coming soon!

(There are also Bookfests happening in other cities across Queensland – for more information go to https://www.unitingcareqld.com.au/lifeline/bookfest).

 

The Event: SUMMER FESTIVAL FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES AT THE STATE LIBRARY OF QUEENSLAND

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Saturday, 25 January 2020 on various dates and times – see the website below for details.

Venue: State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane.

Cost: Free and ticketed activities and adventures throughout the State Library – bookings are essential for most events. To download a calendar of events and the program, go to https://www.slq.qld.gov.au/summerfestival.

What’s happening: 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.

Kids under 5 can explore the Jarjum Stories exhibition or dance and sing at a free First 5 Forever session. Children from 8 to 14 years can engineer a robot racer using Lego, take part in a treasure hunt and play a game of comic book scrabble.

Teens can meet new people with dedicated Dungeons and Dragons workshops, learn fabric painting, and explore new worlds with VR (virtual reality). They can also use the technology equipment at The Edge, including sewing machines and a laser cutter, to design their own spaces and objects. No one’s going to be bored at SLQ.

 

The Event: PRICELESS TREASURE BY YIN LU – A PROJECTION

Date and time: Wednesday, 22 January to Sunday 26 January 2020, from 5.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. each night.

Venue: Projected nightly onto the William Jolly Bridge, Brisbane City.

Ticket price: FREE to view.

What’s happening: 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 5.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. nightly. Yin Lu is a Brisbane-based Chinese Australian artist, who graduated from QUT in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts, majoring in Visual Arts, and is currently a postgraduate student at UQ studying Master of Primary Teaching.

Lu says that her practice is influenced by her Chinese background, resulting in bold and contrasting artworks using ink and acrylic. She uses iconic Chinese foods and creatures in her artworks to engage the viewer. Some great shots for avid photographers here.

THE BRISBANE CHINESE FESTIVAL coincides with the Chinese New Year 2020, which kicks off in King George Square and the Queen Street Mall on Saturday, 8 February and Sunday, 9 February 2020. Brisbane will spring into life with traditional Chinese culture, including music, dance, firecrackers, puppetry, lanterns, markets and more.

 

The Event: EXPERIENCE SUNNYBANK – LUNAR NEW YEAR EXCITEMENT

Date and time: Wednesday, 22 January to Sunday, 26 January 2020, from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily.

Venue: Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park Shopping Centre, Sunnybank, Brisbane.

Ticket price: FREE to attend and no bookings are required.

What’s happening: 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.

This event is a part of the BrisAsia Festival. Celebrate Asian culture with a five-day Lunar New Year event program, showcasing a variety of cultural demonstrations and live performances including traditional lion dancing, Chinese calligraphy, ice carving, Feng Shui consultations, cultural handcrafts, silk embroidery children’s craft workshops and interactive fruit and vegetable carving. Click here to see the full schedule of BrisAsia events.

 

The Event: THE BOOK OF MORMON – THE FUNNIEST MUSICAL OF ALL TIME!

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until until Friday, 14 February 2020 (2 hours and 30 minutes including interval)

Venue: Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), Cnr Melbourne & Grey Streets, South Bank, Brisbane. 

Ticket price: To book, phone 136 246 from 9.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. AEST Monday to Saturday (closed public holidays), or you can book online through the QPAC website https://www.qpac.com.au/event/book­­_of_mormon_20/. A transaction fee of $7.20 applies per transaction. Dates and times vary so check the website above for details.

NOTE: Enter the BOOK OF MORMON DIGITAL LOTTERY for the opportunity to buy tickets for just $40 each (max 2 tickets). Each round opens every Monday, two weeks prior to available performances, and closes the following Monday. 

What’s happening: 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 Brisbane for a limited season of six weeks only, beginning on Friday, 3 January.

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. Now with sold out productions in London, on Broadway, North America, and around Australia, The Book of Mormon has become an international sensation. The Age gave it five stars, saying: ‘The hottest tickets in town. I can’t wait to see it again.’

 

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WATCHWORDS HOME

Meanwhile, in Brisbane on New Year's Eve, the landlady of a local pub stood up and said that it was time to get ready. At the stroke of midnight, she said she wanted every husband to stand next to the one person who made his life worth living. Well, it was kind of embarrassing, really – as the clock struck, the bartender was almost crushed to death. (Photo by L.J. May)