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Mi casa, su casa – It’s Brisbane Open House!

BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE – Saturday, 12 October and Sunday, 13 October 2019. Step inside our city’s most unique buildings and historic landmarks at this year’s Brisbane Open House. Celebrating its 10th birthday, this mainly FREE event gives visitors a rare opportunity to peer behind the door of many prominent structures, including high-rise buildings, private homes and Council spaces such as City Hall and The Old Windmill Tower. This year’s program is also packed with walking and cycling guided tours, design workshops, and presentations from key industry speakers. More than 70,000 people participated last year and this year is sure to be another must-see event. For the full program and bookings (if required), go to www.brisbaneopenhouse.com.au. (Photo by L.J. May)

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

  • BRISBANE GERMAN WEEK is filled with a mix of free and ticketed events, networking opportunities, hands-on cultural activities, competitions and a whole lot of fun. Experience the broad range of what makes up Germany and how closely Germany ties in with Queensland. It’s ON NOW and runs until Friday, 11 October 2019.
  • BRISBANE FASHION MONTH is presented by Wintergarden and is Queensland’s largest showcase of local designers, with more local labels on show and in store than any other event. It’s ON NOW with a mix of free and ticketed events, and runs until Thursday, 31 October 2019.
  • Now in its 16th year, THE 2019 DARRA STREET PARTY will feature a variety of food stalls, community organisations, live performances and entertainment. Take yourselves 14km from the city to this popular celebration in the southwest suburbs, next to the Darra Railway Station, 39 Railway Parade, Darra, on Friday, 11 October 2019 from 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
  • More than 35,000 people will gather to walk at THE LEUKAEMIA FOUNDATION’S ‘LIGHT THE NIGHT’ events across the country, carrying lanterns in symbolic colours of blue, white and gold, in an evening of reflection to support all Australians impacted by blood cancer. Register for your lantern in Brisbane now, and attend this important event at the South Bank Piazza, 410 Stanley Street, South Brisbane, on Friday, 11 October 2019 from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
  • Experience the annual Royal Australian Navy’s BEAT TO QUARTERS AND CEREMONIAL SUNSET, which honours the courage and sacrifice of the men and women of the Royal Australian Navy through more than a century of service. Gather at King George Square, 100 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, on Friday 11 October 2019 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • Take time to see the 2019 RECOVERED FUTURES ART EXHIBITION during a very special Queensland Mental Health Week event. This is a collection of artwork by artists with a lived experience of mental illness. ALL ARTWORK IS FOR SALE. See the exhibition at the Toowong Room, Brisbane City Hall, King George Square, Adelaide and Ann Streets, Brisbane City. It’s ON NOW and runs until Friday, 11 October 2019.
  • The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) art exhibition ‘A GENEROUS LIFE’ examines the legacy and influence of the much-loved Australian artist, MARGARET OLLEY (1923–2011) who spent a formative part of her career in Brisbane. Margaret was a charismatic character who exerted a lasting impact on many artists as a mentor and friend over several decades. The exhibition profiles a life immersed in art – her own, and that of those she supported. It’s on NOW in The Fairfax Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) Foyer, South Bank Precinct, South Bank and runs until 13 October 2019. 

 

The Event: BRISBANE GERMAN WEEK

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Friday, 11 October 2019.

Venue: Various venues. Check out https://www.germanweek.com.au for locations. 

Ticket price: A mix of free and ticketed events. For the Brisbane German Week Schedule 2019, go to http://germanweek.com.au/whats-on.

What’s happening: BRISBANE GERMAN WEEK is filled with events, networking opportunities, hands-on cultural activities, competitions and a whole lot of fun. Experience the broad range of what makes up Germany and how closely Germany ties in with Queensland. You will see just how much the German language, music, science and innovation, corporations and start-ups, good culture, and the beginning of German settlement has influenced our lives here in Queensland.

Brisbane German Week is the result of a team effort of Germany enthusiasts and involves a number of partner organisations, each of them an important part in the Australian-German landscape. Events include a German Literature Evening, Launch German Language Competition (online), German Business Day, Australian-German Science and innovation Day, German Movie Night, and Anzapfen Oktoberfest Brisbane.

 

The Event: BRISBANE FASHION MONTH PRESENTS THE BEST OF BRISBANE AND QUEENSLAND’S FASHION

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Thursday, 31 October 2019.

Venue: Various venues. Go to https://www.brisbanefashionmonth.com.au for locations and events.

Ticket price: A mix of free and ticketed events. For details about the many events being held this year, go to https://www.brisbanefashionmonth.com.au/events.

What’s happening: BRISBANE FASHION MONTH is presented by Wintergarden and is Queensland’s largest showcase of local designers, with more local labels on show and in store than any other event. BFM encompasses multiple runway shows across Brisbane’s most iconic venues where audiences can see curated collections from emerging designers, sustainable fashion labels, bespoke and custom garments, and resort collections, through to the most established names in fashion.

BFM WORKSHOPS. This year the signature business workshops continue, enabling like-minded fashion business professionals to share and connect. This year’s events include pop-up stores in Brisbane City’s Wintergarden shopping centre and the burgeoning West Village precinct, providing truly invaluable retailers to explore. Also included are the illustration workshops and a new sustainable fashion walking tour.

THE POCKET GUIDE TO BRISBANE FASHION. This is the second year that the Pocket Guide to Brisbane Fashion has been released to assist fashion-engaged audiences to find and shop for items from the many talented Brisbane and Queensland designers and makers. Access the Pocket Guide to Brisbane Fashion here https://www.brisbanefashionmonth.com.au/aboutbfm.

 

The Event: THE 16TH DARRA STREET PARTY

Date and time: Friday, 11 October 2019 from 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Venue: Next to the Darra Railway Station, 39 Railway Parade, Darra, Brisbane.

Ticket price: FREE to attend. Go to https://m.facebook.com/DarraStreetFestival and http://www.darracommunitygroup.org for more information. Contact them at contact@darracommunitygroup.org if you want to be involved in some way. 

What’s happening: First settled in 1864, Darra is situated about 14km from the city in the south west suburbs of Brisbane. Part industrial, part commercial, part residential, the suburb is gaining a reputation for being the ‘place to be’ with a long history of excellent restaurants and food stores (in particular Vietnamese)

Darra is undergoing a large suburban renewal with new residential estates, light industrial, public transport and road networks being completed in the past couple of years. Now in its 16th year, THE 2019 STREET PARTY celebration is back and will feature a variety of food stalls, community organisations, live performances and entertainment.

 

The Event: ‘LIGHT THE NIGHT’ – FOR THE LEUKAEMIA FOUNDATION

Date and time: Friday, 11 October 2019 from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Venue: South Bank Piazza, 410 Stanley St, South Brisbane.

Ticket price: Register athttps://lightthenight.org.au/events/brisbane#signup and your reserved lantern will be ready for you to pick up on the night at the event. To find out more, go to the websites at https://lightthenight.org.au/events/brisbane and  https://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/brisbane/whats-on/festivals-and-celebrations/light-the-night-2019. Email zreinke@leukaemia.org.au or phone (07) 3318 442 if you have any questions.

What’s happening: ‘LIGHT THE NIGHT’ is the Leukaemia Foundation’s beautiful evening lantern walk, where Australians come together and transform the darkness into a sea of glowing light to give hope to all those impacted by blood cancer. It’s your night to walk beside those facing their own blood cancer journey, and to remember loved ones lost. As part of Light the Night, you can also help raise vital funds to support families living with blood cancer and towards investment into life-changing research.

More than 35,000 people will gather to walk at ‘Light the Night’ events across the country. Carrying lanterns in symbolic colours of blue, white and gold, in an evening of reflection to support all Australians impacted by blood cancer, lanterns are raised high and then the crowd carries their lanterns along a reflective walk to Light the Night.

This is an evening for the whole family! Please check the website above for more details and starting times. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 5.00 p.m. – Registration and lantern collection opens. There will be entertainment, and food and drinks available for purchase at local cafes. 6.30 p.m. – Official program commences; hear from the Light the Night ambassadors. 7.00 p.m. – Lantern Raising Ceremony and Light the Night Walk. 7.30 p.m. – Official Close.

 

The Event: NAVY WEEK BEAT TO QUARTERS AND CEREMONIAL SUNSET

Date and time: Friday 11 October 2019 from 6.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Venue: King George Square, 100 Adelaide Street, Brisbane.

Ticket price: FREE to attend.

What’s happening: Experience the annual Royal Australian Navy’s BEAT TO QUARTERS AND CEREMONIAL SUNSET. The Ceremonial Sunset reflects the worldwide naval tradition of saluting the lowering of the flag at sunset, and the Beat to Quarters honours the courage and sacrifice of the men and women of the Royal Australian Navy through more than a century of service.

 

The Event: 2019 RECOVERED FUTURES ART EXHIBITION

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Friday, 11 October 2019. Hours: Monday, 7 October to Thursday, 10 October from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., and Friday, 11 October from 9.00 a.m. to 12 noon.

Venue: Toowong Room, Brisbane City Hall, King George Square, Adelaide and Ann Streets, Brisbane City. This venue is wheelchair accessible.

Ticket price: FREE. Go to https://www.rfq.com.au for more about the programs.

What’s happening: Take time to see the 2019 RECOVERED FUTURES ART EXHIBITION during this very special Queensland Mental Health Week event. This is a collection of artwork by artists with a lived experience of mental illness. ALL ARTWORK IS FOR SALE.

Recovered Futures is devoted to mental health recovery and wellbeing. It is a community-owned organisation that supports people facing mental health challenges and social disadvantage. Across Queensland, their people and programs encourage self belief and discovery, personal growth and the achievement of life goals. They could be helping you or someone close to you.

 

The Event: ART EXHIBITION – MARGARET OLLEY: A GENEROUS LIFE

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until 13 October 2019.

Venue: Gallery 1.1, The Fairfax Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) Foyer, South Bank Precinct, South Bank.

Ticket price: FREE to attend. For more information, go to the website at https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/margaret-olley. If you have any questions, phone (07) 3840 7303 or email gallery@qagoma.qld.gov.au.

What’s happening: ‘A GENEROUS LIFE’ examines the legacy and influence of the much-loved Australian artist, MARGARET OLLEY (1923–2011) who spent a formative part of her career in Brisbane. Margaret was a charismatic character who exerted a lasting impact on many artists as a mentor and friend over several decades, and was also a muse for artists from William Dobell to Jeffrey Smart. The exhibition will profile a life that was immersed in art – her own and that of those she supported.

Discover more about Margaret Olley with GOMA’s extensive range of related events, including talks, pop-up performances, hands-on workshops and Up Late events. There are also daily guided tours of the exhibition at 11.00 a.m. View Catherine Hunter’s intimate documentary Margaret Olley: A life in paint 2012 (54 mins) weekly in Cinema B, GOMA

Margaret Olley was born in Lismore in 1923 before moving to Brisbane where her love for painting was nurtured by school teacher and Melbourne National Gallery School trained artist, Caroline Barker. In 1942 Olley moved to Sydney and enrolled at the East Sydney Technical College (later the National Art School) where she graduated with first-class honours. Olley then spent her time travelling abroad and living between Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney.

Margaret painted in many different styles, but was best known for her still lifes and portraits. Her lifelong love of nature found expression in exuberant paintings of flora, which charmed the public and the critics. Olley’s self-portraits track her artistic life from beginning to end as she captured her reflection in mirrors, and depicts her personal possessions. As the years progressed, Olley’s physical image in her self-portraits receded into the interior spaces, with the room surpassing her reflected image in importance.

 

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BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE – Saturday, 12 October and Sunday, 13 October 2019. FISH LANE TOUR: Journey down Fish Lane, one of Brisbane’s coolest sensory laneways filled with whispering artworks and delicious foodie moments. Experience Brisbane’s award-winning Fish Lane shared zone that has transformed a derelict space into a vibrant destination. Remember to wear suitable shoes and take a hat and a bottle of water on all walking tours. The Fish Lane Tour is presented by Brisbane City Council on both Saturday, 12 October and Sunday, 13 October 2019 at 10.00 a.m. All walks are FREE, but spaces are limited, so you need to book your spot through the website at www.brisbaneopenhouse.com.au. (Photo by L.J. May)