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BRISBANE FESTIVAL. Fans of legend DAVID BOWIE will be delighted with ‘STARMAN’, in which supremely talented performer SVEN RATZKE inhabits Bowie’s multiple personas – a mad, bizarre androgynous universe exploring Bowie’s life from New York to Berlin, in which his classic songs are rediscovered in a crazy roll ‘n’ roll ride. Sven is accompanied by his brilliant three-man band grooving from rock into intimate moments. ‘Witty and fabulously talented – a truly unique experience,’ said the Edinburgh Festival Magazine. See ‘Starman’ at the Courier-Mail Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 12 September and Wednesday 13 September 2017. Book at www.brisbanefestival.com.au or phone Qtix on 136 246. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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Coming up - lots of events for September 2017. See below the quick list for further information and go to pages 2, 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 130 acts, programmed across 18 stages. It’s ON NOW and runs until Friday, 8 September 2017.
  • Set out on a road trip to Charleville in western Queensland, or catch the Dawnie Express train from Brisbane, for the NATIONAL BILBY DAY FESTIVAL and FUR BALL. It’s all happening in Partridge Street, Charleville from Friday, 8 September to Sunday, 10 September 2017.
  • The BRISBANE FESTIVAL 2017 has an astonishing array of events to inform, entertain and delight you in venues across Brisbane, particularly at South Bank. It runs from Saturday, 9 September to Saturday, 30 September 2017 inclusive.
  • Everything that glitters will be at the BRIBIE ISLAND GEMFEST, with gemstones, jewellery and fossicking for kids. It’s at Community Arts Centre, 191 Sunderland Drive, Banksia Beach, Bribie Island, north of Brisbane on Saturday, 9 September and Sunday, 10 September 2017 from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
  • There will be lots of things to do for kids and people of all ages at the Buranda State School’s BURANDA FEST (entry and parking behind the Stones Corner Library). It’s on Sunday, 10 September 2017 from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • It will be easy being green at THE CARINDALE GREEN HEART FAIR with activities (including the Brisbane Billycart Championships), workshops, market stalls and giveaways for all the family, at the Carindale Recreation Reserve on Sunday, 10 September 2017.

 

The Event: BIGSOUND FESTIVAL – IN THE VALLEY

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Friday, 8 September 2017.

Venue: Various venues in the Fortitude Valley live music precinct. Check out the full line up at http://www.bigsound.org.au, book your wristband via Ortix, and download the official app to start planning.

Ticket price: Check out the website above for the program and ticket prices.

What’s happening: Now in its sixteenth year, the BIGSOUND FESTIVAL has grown to become the biggest annual music event of its type in Australia. FORTITUDEVALLEY comes alive with a global gathering of musicians, industry brands, media and music lovers. From its humble beginnings, its 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 takes over FortitudeValley’s famous live music precinct to showcase more than 130 acts, programmed across 18 stages. All you need is one wristband. 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.

  

The Event: NATIONAL BILBY DAY FESTIVAL AND FUR BALL – CHARLEVILLE

Date and time: Friday, 8 September to Sunday, 10 September 2017.

Venue:Partridge Street , in the outback town of Charleville, western Queensland. Get there by road or train.

Ticket price: Check out the website for what’s on and how much it costs at http://www.outbacknow.com.au/index.php/events-calendar/detail/national_bilby_day and also https://www.savethebilbyfund.com. If you need more information, email monique_johnson@murweh.qld.gov.au.

What’s happening: NATIONAL BILBY DAY FESTIVAL will kick off in Charleville with the arrival of the ‘Dawnie Express’ Steam Train from Brisbane on Friday, 8 September 2017. Travel in style in the steam train departing Brisbane on Wednesday, 7 September, arriving in Charleville Friday, 9 September. The Official opening of the new Charleville Bilby Experience will take place at 5.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. with cheese and crackers and cool drinks. The train will depart Charleville on Sunday, 10 September 2017, returning to Brisbane.

The main event is the FUR BALL on Saturday night, 9 September 2017, with a 1930s theme and a Swing Band to keep you in the era. The evening will see other entertainment as well along with an auction with Philip Black, Auctioneer. Book your tickets to the Fur Ball through the website. Sunday is Family Day at the Town Hall and Town Hall Park with special guest, Ranger Stacey from Totally Wild.

There will be something for everyone so make it a weekend that the whole family can enjoy and they look forward to seeing you there to help celebrate people addressing the plight of the Australian Bilby. If you’d like to help, contact Julie Anderson, 'Save the Bilby Fund', PO Box 155, Charleville, Queensland, 4470. Check out the website http://www.natureaustralia.org.au/our-work/lands/its-all-about-the-bilby to find out what’s happening.

  

The Event: THE BRISBANE FESTIVAL 2017

Date and time: Saturday, 9 September to Saturday, 30 September 2017.

Venue: Various events and venues right across Brisbane. NOTE: Uber rides can be booked via your Uber App. New users can receive a $20 credit by entering the promo code ‘BRISFEST17’.

Ticket price: Various costs for various events – see the website. TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS for Brisbane Festival 2017 events, call Qtix on 136 246 or visit the website at http://www.brisbanefestival.com.au.

During the Festival, DISCOUNTED TICKETS TO SELECTED SHOWS will become available via the Brisbane Festival mobile app. To access these exclusive ticket prices, patrons should download the app to find the daily discount link to access the nominated tickets and receive 40% off. Discounted tickets are available from 12.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. on nominated days or until sold out. Allocations are selected daily and are offered on a first in, first served basis

What’s happening: The BRISBANE FESTIVAL 2017 has an astonishing array of events to inform, entertain and delight you. Artistic Director DAVID BERTHOLD says: ‘Trust your gut, dive in and take chances. A festival is a feast, not a snack. There is no single show that will appeal to all tastes and give you a finished festival experience. That’s not how festivals work. You’ll need both hands.

‘If you’re into contemporary music, you’ve struck gold. It’s a stellar line-up, with fresh new music flanking some very cool tributes to legends. If you’re curious about what’s coming out of the Asia Pacific, you can catch shows from China, Korea, Indonesia and Singapore, from kooky pop culture to stunningly staged battles… One last tip? Take the road less travelled – it will make all the difference.’

 

The Event: BRIBIE ISLAND GEMFEST – GEMSTONES, JEWELERY AND FOSSICKING FOR KIDS

Date and time: Saturday, 9 September and Sunday, 10 September 2017 from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Venue: Community Arts Centre, 191 Sunderland Drive, Banksia Beach, Bribie Island, north of Brisbane. Go to the website for more information at http://1015fm.com.au/event/bribie-gem-fossicking-club-gemfest-2017-9-10-september.

Ticket price: Gold coin donation.

What’s happening: If you like sparkly things, head for Bribie Island and the BRIBIE ISLAND GEMFEST. Wander around and visit the numerous stallholders. Enjoy looking at jewellery, precious stones and rocks, and watch live demonstrations. Kids can enjoy searching for gems in the fossicking tables. Grab your raffle ticket – the grand prize is a family day trip to Tangalooma Island Resort. There will also be additional prizes of hand-crafted jewellery. If you catch the gemstone bug, you can find out more about gems and jewellery at http://www.nblc.com.au.

 

The Event: BURANDA FEST – BURANDASTATESCHOOL

Date and time: Sunday, 10 September 2017 from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Venue:BurandaStateSchool (entry and parking behind Stones Corner Library).

Ticket price: See the website at http://burandafest.com.au for more information.

What’s happening: There will be lots of things to do for kids and people of all ages at the BurandaStateSchool’s BURANDA FEST. Expect rides, laser tag, a petting zoo, plants, and a sideshow alley. If you get the hungries, there will be international food available, and a BBQ, ice cream, old fashioned sweets and preserves. Take part in badge making and crafts. Other activities include face painting for the kids, crazy hair, a lucky dip and raffles. Good old-fashioned fun! 

 

The Event: THE GREEN HEART FAIR

Date and time: Sunday, 10 September 2017 from 8.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Carindale Recreation Reserve, Carindale.

Ticket price: FREE. Go to http://www.greenheartfair.com.au for the program.

What’s happening: THE GREEN HEART FAIR is Brisbane’s biggest FREE bi-annual community and sustainability festival which promotes innovative green living in a fun, family-friendly environment for all residents to come and enjoy. 

There will be a jam-packed schedule of displays as over 100 of Brisbane's leading sustainability organisations, community groups, artisans, foodies, green-thumbs, conservationists, businesses and eco experts share information and knowledge with Brisbane residents on how to live more sustainably. Enjoy talks, plant giveaways, gardening tips, the billycart races, kids activities, markets, live music and more.

 

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BRISBANE FESTIVAL. Don’t miss MEGAN WASHINGTON, one of the defining Australian female singers of our age, in this magnificent 90-minute orchestral collaboration with THE QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at the Concert Hall, QPAC, South Brisbane on Thursday, 28 September 2017 at 8.00 p.m. Megan burst onto the Australian music scene in 2008, extending her jazz roots into a unique and evolving blend of indie-pop and alternative rock. The two-time ARIA Award-winner and multi-platinum selling artist and her band will join the QSO, conducted by John Foreman, to perform brand new songs from her forthcoming album and a selection of favourites from her previous three albums. It’s not cheap, but if you’re a Megan fan you’ll want to save up for this one. Book at www.brisbanefestival.com.au or phone Qtix on 136 246. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)