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The Power of the Flower!

THE CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS, Toowoomba – Friday, 20 September to Sunday, 29 September 2019. Beautiful LAUREL BANK PARK is a majestic oasis close to the heart of town. Enjoy glorious feature floral displays, graceful archways, two croquet lawns, a scented garden, and topiary shapes (including Thomas the Tank Engine for the kids). Take advantage of the children’s play equipment, barbecue and picnic areas. During carnival time there will be daily entertainment, and entry to the park is free. For a magical experience, you can take a Twilight Tour from 23–27 September 2019 for $5. For more about this park, go to https://www.tcof.com.au/laurel-bank-park. (Photo courtesy of TCOF: modified by L.J. May)

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

  • Billed as the ultimate urban festival experience and Australia’s biggest frenzy of live music discovery, THE BIGSOUND FESTIVAL takes over Fortitude Valley’s famous live music precinct to showcase more than 150 acts, music conferences and forums. Head for Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. The Festival is ON NOW and runs until Friday, 6 September 2019.
  • It will be three times the laughs in THREE’S COMPANY, with three of Australia’s favourite comedians, FIONA O’LOUGHLIN, PETER ROWSTHORN and DAVE O’NEIL on the same bill. Enjoy the chaos at the Redlands Performing Arts Centre (RPAC), 2–16 Middle Street, Cleveland, on Friday, 6 September 2019 at 8.00 p.m.
  • Crowds of over 6,000 racegoers each year enjoy two days of quality outback racing at the BIRDSVILLE RACES (The Melbourne Cup of The Outback), and three great nights of live entertainment, including the RFDS Cocktail Party, RFDS Fun Run, Fred Brophy’s Boxing Troupe, a variety of food vendors, a giant auction, not to mention Fashions on the Field. Head for the town of Birdsville, south west Queensland, for Friday, 6 September and Saturday, 7 September 2019.
  • For more than 60 years locals and visitors have gathered to celebrate the juicy, red, sweet and tasty strawberry at the REDFEST STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL. There will be a vibrant mix of music, arts and cultural displays, a sideshow alley, and a jam-packed line-up of musicians and artists from across the globe, including GANGAjang, Mental as Anything and more than 50 other performers. Munch on your strawberries at Norm Price Park, Redlands Showgrounds, Corner of Smith Street and Long Street, Cleveland, from Friday, 6 September to Sunday, 8 September 2019.
  • The BRISBANE FESTIVAL 2019 will present an astonishing array of events to inform, entertain and delight you in multiple venues across Brisbane, including South Bank. The Festival runs for three weeks from Friday, 6 September to Saturday, 28 September 2019 inclusive. Be there Brisbane!
  • The FREE arts-meets-technology water fountain, light and laser spectacular RIVER OF LIGHT,showing at South Bank during the Brisbane Festival, will illuminate the night in a spellbinding celebration of our Brisbane River and Indigenous heritage, from Friday, 6 September to Saturday, 28 September 2019, daily (except Mondays) at 6.15 p.m., 8.00 p.m., and 9.00 p.m. 

 

The Event: BIGSOUND FESTIVAL – IN THE VALLEY

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Friday, 6 September 2019.

Venue: Across 18 venues in the Fortitude Valley live music precinct, Brisbane. Check out the full line up at https://www.bigsound.org.au, and download the official app to start planning. See the schedule at https://www.bigsound.org.au/schedule.

Ticket price: Check out the website above for the program and ticket prices, and to book go to https://www.bigsound.org.au/tickets.

What’s happening: The BIGSOUND FESTIVAL has grown to become the biggest annual music event of its type in Australia. Brisbane’s FORTITUDE VALLEY will come alive with a global gathering of musicians, industry brands, media, and music lovers. Hear the fresh sound of local talent before they become stars. From its humble beginnings, the Festival’s massive artist line up has been instrumental in uncovering names like Flume, Megan Washington, The Temper, Gang of Youths, and many more.

The Bigsound Festival will take over Fortitude Valley’s famous live music precinct to showcase more than 150 acts, programmed across multiple stages. Billed as the ultimate urban festival experience, BIGSOUND is Australia’s festival of new music, with a line up that sees the hottest buzz bands jumping into the biggest new music program yet.

There will be parties, concerts, workshops, showcases and masterclasses and you can share your own talent in the Levi’s Music Prize. Hone your craft in the music tech and visual arts showcases, or learn how to cope with the curly questions you will encounter in law, marketing and music video techniques.

 

The Event: THREE’S COMPANY – COMEDY CHAOS WITH FIONA O’LOUGHLIN, PETER ROWSTHORN AND DAVE O’NEIL

Date and time: Friday, 6 September 2019 at 8.00 p.m.

Venue: Redlands Performing Arts Centre (RPAC), 2–16 Middle Street, Cleveland.

Ticket price: Adults: $45, Seniors/Pens $42, Students $35, Groups 10+ $35pp. You can book your tickets: In person at RPAC Box Office, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland, by phone on (07) 3829 8131 (a $4.30 booking fee per transaction applies), or online 24/7 at http://www.rpac.com.au using the Buy Now link(a $5 booking fee per transaction applies). If you require mobility assistance, please contact Redland Performing Arts Centre Box Office so that they can accommodate your needs.

What’s happening: It will be three times the laughs in THREE’S COMPANY, with three of Australia’s favourite comedians, FIONA O’LOUGHLIN, PETER ROWSTHORN and DAVE O’NEIL on the same bill. How organisers managed to get Fiona and Peter out of the jungle and Dave away from the fridge long enough to do a show remains a mystery. In the unlikely event that you don’t know much about these comedic iconoclasts, here’s a potted history.

FIONA O’LOUGHLIN, Australian comedian, presenter, panellist, author and really good mum (snort!) lives in Melbourne these days, although she’s on the road for most of the year doing live performances (which is better than the alternative), and making regular television appearances on pretty well every show going.

Fiona has had successful shows at the Edinburgh and Adelaide fringe festivals, the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Her family and attitude towards children, not to mention her battle with the bottle make up a large component of Fiona’s act, which proves the old adage: ‘Comedians don’t go through bad times – they just get new material.’

PETER ROWSTHORN – Australian stand-up comedian, actor, writer, MC and host, has popped up regularly in film and television, but is probably best known for his TV work, particularly as Kim’s husband Brett Craig in the hit series Kath and Kim (2002 to 2007) and the 2012 move, Kath and Kimderella. You might also have seen Peter in Thank God You’re Here, Talkin’ Bout Your Generation, Show Me the Movie and Hughesy, We have a Problem.

DAVE O’NEIL is an Australian stand-up comedian, actor, bass guitarist, writer, television and radio presenter. He was also once a Cub Scout. He ventured into radio in the 1990s and never seemed to leave. Dave managed to rack up a record 53 TV appearances on the ABC’s Spicks and Specks, and you will have also seen him on All Star Family Feud, Celebrity Name Game, The Project, and Hughesy, We Have a Problem.

 

The Event: BIRDSVILLE RACES – THE MELBOURNE CUP OF THE OUTBACK

Date and time: Friday, 6 September and Saturday, 7 September 2019.

Venue: The town of Birdsville, south west Queensland. See a map and how to get there at https://www.birdsvilleraces.com/getting-there.

Ticket price: Go to https://www.birdsvilleraces.com for accommodation, what’s happening and what it costs. Note that tickets must be pre-purchased – they won’t be available at the gate. Book your tickets here https://birdsvilleraces.oztix.com.au.

What’s happening: Cheer on your favourite horses at the BIRDSVILLE RACES, one of the biggest racing events on the Queensland calendar. Over a 13-race program on Friday and Saturday, you’ll witness all the fanfare and excitement of a typical racing meet, superimposed on a dramatic and dusty desert landscape. For those of you who don’t know, Birdsville is a frontier town situated between the mighty Simpson Desert (the world’s largest sand dune desert) and Sturt’s Stony Desert.

Birdsville sits at the northern end of the famous Birdsville track. For one weekend a year the town comes alive as thousands of visitors descend upon it for the annual Birdsville races. With $200,000 prize money on offer, you can bet the racing is serious. The early races may have attracted nearby stockmen and property owners – and both still feature heavily in winners’ lists – but the modern field is full of national and even international entrants vying for the prized Birdsville Cup.

Crowds of over 6,000 racegoers celebrate the carnival each year enjoying two days of quality outback racing and three great nights of live entertainment. Other entertainment includes the RFDS Cocktail Party, RFDS Fun Run, Fred Brophy’s Boxing Troupe, a variety of food vendors, a giant auction, and much more. And yes, sartorial excellence will once more grace Fashions on the Field – see what’s in and what’s not at https://www.birdsvilleraces.com/fashions-on-the-field.

The great entertainment, class horseracing and premium hospitality will ensure that you have a fantastic week in the heart of Australia’s outback. You can see the full Race Program here, and check out entertainment options here. Incidentally, Birdsville is one of only four tracks in Queensland that run anti-clockwise. No, we don’t know why. For more FAQs, visit https://www.birdsvilleraces.com/faqs.

 

The Event: REDFEST STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

Date and time: Friday, 6 September to Sunday, 8 September 2019.

Venue: Norm Price Park, Redlands Showgrounds, Corner of Smith Street and Long Street, Cleveland.  

Ticket price: Save time and money at the gate and guarantee your entry to RedFest by pre-purchasing tickets online 24/7 (a booking fee per transaction applies). The early bird rate expires at 11.59 p.m. on Thursday, 5 September 2019. Tickets range from $6.12 to $36.73, depending on the day and the event you are attending. Book your tickets at https://redfest.iwannaticket.com.au/event/redfest-strawberry-festival-MTkyMDc and go to https://www.redfest.com.au for the extensive program and more information about who’s on when.

What’s happening: The Redlands Coast’s most iconic event, the REDFEST STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, is the Redlands Coast’s annual music and cultural festival. It provides a vibrant mix of music, arts and cultural displays, and a sideshow alley, as well as a jam-packed line-up of musicians and artists from across the globe. The Redlands Coast’s Showground becomes a magical blaze of colour and a symphony of sounds, as a tonne of berry good fun is served up at this family-friendly event in celebration of the community.

For more than 60 years locals and visitors have gathered to celebrate the juicy, red, sweet and tasty strawberry. They made jams, wine, scones, salads, smoothies and just about anything else they could think of. They dressed up as strawberries; they held strawberry dances and crowned Miss Strawberry Queens. To this day, visitors from across the world attend the event to compete in the World Famous Strawberry Eating Competition and munch on a small bowl of fruit in the fastest time known to man, woman or child.

Headline Artists include GANGAjang, Mental as Anything and more than 50 other performers. The festival this year is revisiting the area’s agricultural roots with the return of the gardening, horticulture, Arts and Crafts, cookery and culinary contests, and exhibits.

With demonstrations from celebrity chefs and local producers, along with competition categories for all ages in gardening, craft and cookery, visitors will be able to see and taste the best the Redlands Coast has to offer. Check out the full program on the website at https://www.redfest.com.au/program.

 

The Event: THE BRISBANE FESTIVAL 2019

Date and time: Friday, 6 September to Saturday, 28 September 2019.

Venue: Various events are being held in multiple venues across Brisbane. To check out the program online by genre, date, venue, and accessibility, visit the website at https://www.brisbanefestival.com.au/whats-on.

Ticket price: There is a mix of free and ticketed events. TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS for most Brisbane Festival 2019 events, call Qtix on 136 246 or visit the Brisbane Festival website at https://www.brisbanefestival.com.au.

On the BrisFest website you will also find directions about how to book for events at the Theatre Republic (La Boite Box Office), The Tivoli and King Street (Tivoli Box Office) and the Riverstage (ticketmaster.com.au – you can also take your chances at the gate, but here’s a tip – book online if you really want to get in).

The ticket pricing can be confusing, so check out how it works before you book. All adults are admitted at kids’ prices for events showing FESTIVE FAMILIES pricing and there is no pre-determined number of adults and children. AIRLINE PRICING is like booking a flight, with tickets released in batches – early birds get tickets cheaper, and when they sell out, prices bump up to the next price point. You can also get FESTIVAL FEVER tickets for multiple shows, and with the MULTI-TIX tickets, the more you see, the more you save. See the website for more information.

What’s happening: The BRISBANE FESTIVAL is one of Australia’s major international arts festivals. The Festival only became an annual event in 2009, but since that time it has been embraced by the city and admired by the world. Each September, the Festival explodes across the city with a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and major public events such as SUNSUPER RIVERFIRE, and attracts an audience of around one million people each year. 

BRISBANE FESTIVAL 2019 has put together a smashing line-up for Riverstage’s official 30th birthday. Celebrations begin on Saturday, 7 September with the RIVERSTAGE BIRTHDAY BASH, at the Riverstage in the City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane CBD. These feature electrifying sets from Hot Dub Time Machine, Cub Sport, Confidence Man, Last Dinosaurs and Clea. Classical music enthusiasts will relish the QSO’s Symphony for Me, and heavy music fans will love The Amity Affliction’s Heaven and Hell. Closing this branch of the festival is the much-loved Canadian artist City and Colour.

Prepare yourself for some amazing performances and spectacular exhibitions during Brisbane Festival 2019. There will be an astonishing array of events to inform, entertain and delight you. Get in on the action and head for multiple venues to see big name acts, more world premieres than ever before, and a spectacular new light-and-laser river show that will illuminate Brisbane for 22 days of celebration.

From Wednesday, 11 September to Saturday, 14 September 2019, French artists Compagnie Carabosse will light up Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens with shimmering spheres of fire, huge sculptures, hanging fire bulbs and a ‘charcoal river’. FIRE GARDEN is the next in a line of international artworks by the French collective, which includes Stonehennge and the Kremlin. Running over four nights, with sessions every 30 minutes, the spectacle will turn the gardens into a dazzling wonderland.

At the QPAC Concert Hall, KATE MILLER HEIDKE will make her post-Eurovision hometown appearance on Friday, 27 September and instrumentalist JACOB COLLIER will bring his one-man show to Brisbane on Friday, 6 September 2019. Don’t miss the jaw-dropping INVISIBLE CITIES being staged in a huge warehouse in Yeerongpilly – the most ambitious project ever presented by the Brisbane Festival: see Zenobia, a city of joy; Beersheba, a celestial city of gold, and Isadora, a city of promise, seduction and desire.

The Festival program has a mix of free and ticketed events across Brisbane’s leading entertainment venues, including South Bank, QPAC, Brisbane City Hall, Riverstage, the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, La Boite, The Tivoli, and the Brisbane Powerhouse. People of all ages will find much to interest them, with over 500 performances and some 70 shows from which to choose.

As per usual, the Brisbane Festival will be capped off with the eagerly awaited SUNSUPER RIVERFIRE on Saturday, 28 September 2019. The show at South Bank kicks off on Saturday afternoon with Australian Defence Force activities, including RAAF Super Hornet and Army helicopter displays late in the afternoon and evening, subject to availability.

RIVERFIRE will feature one of the most technically challenging and spectacular fireworks displays in Australia set to an almighty soundtrack celebrating 1989, Riverstage’s birthday year. The dazzling extravaganza will be fired by Foti Fireworks Queensland from multiple bridges, barges and city rooftops, with aerobatics from the Australian Defence Force. Crowds can tune in to Triple M’s live broadcast, or if you can’t get to a vantage point, you can watch Channel Nine’s exclusive television coverage.

 

The Event: THE BRISBANE FESTIVAL: RIVER OF LIGHT

Date and time: From Friday, 6 September to Saturday, 28 September 2019. Showing from Tuesday to Sunday, three times nightly (except Mondays) at 6.15 p.m., 8.00 p.m., and 9.00 p.m. Duration is 10 minutes. Auslan interpreted sessions will be held on Friday, 6 September at 6.15 p.m. and Saturday, 21 September at 6.15 p.m.

Venue: View the 10-minute spectacular daily (except Mondays) from Treasury Brisbane Arcadia, on the Cultural Forecourt at South Bank, Brisbane.

Ticket price: FREE. To find out more about this stunning light and laser spectacular, go to https://www.brisbanefestival.com.au/whats-on/river-of-light.

What’s happening: The arts-meets-technology water fountain, light and laser spectacular RIVER OF LIGHT will illuminate the night in a spellbinding celebration of our Brisbane River and indigenous heritage, with dynamic jets and giant spirals of water, full-colour lighting and rainbow-coloured lasers.

Following the phenomenal success of the 2018 telling of a Dreamtime creation story of the river, which was seen by almost 500,000 people, this new local story will again be told by Yuggera and Toorbal man SHANNON RUSKA, working with Oracle Liquid. The Music proclaimed 2018’s River of Light ‘One of the greatest artistic triumphs of the year.’

 

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THE CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS, Toowoomba – Friday, 20 September to Sunday, 29 September 2019. The iconic GRAND CENTRAL FLORAL PARADE is one of Toowoomba’s favourite events of the year! Over 100,000 people will line the streets to watch street performers, carnival characters, and roving entertainment escort the stunning floral floats on their journey through the heart of the city to the Goodsall St Oval. Come along early to grab a good viewing spot! The parade is FREE to see and will depart from the corner of Herries & Hume Streets at 3.00 p.m. on Saturday, 21 September 2019, continue along Herries Street, turn right into Ruthven Street, right into Margaret Street, left onto Hume Street, and finish on the Godsall St Oval at the corner of Hume & Godsall Streets (dizzy!). The floats will be on display at the oval and you will be able to buy the flowers, fruit and vegies that decorated them. For more information about the parade, visit https://www.tcof.com.au/grand-central-floral-parade, and you can also download a Toowoomba CBD accessibility map from the TCOF website at https://www.tcof.com.au. (Photo courtesy of TCOF: modified by L.J. May)