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

  • The huge GINGER FLOWER AND FOOD FESTIVAL will delight foodies and garden lovers alike with three spectacular days of munchies, flowers and entertainment. Enjoy cooking demos by some great chefs, talks by gardening experts, and goggle at the thousands of plants available for purchase. There will be lots of live entertainment, animal experiences and market stalls. Grab your family and friends and head to the festival at The Ginger Factory, Yandina on the Sunshine Coast from Friday, 18 January to Sunday, 20 January 2019.
  • Everything old is new again when A SALON OF LARRIKINS brings music, theatre and dance together in a kaleidoscope of treasures and a confection of performance gems performed by the ‘super talents’ of Queensland. Dance into the Cremorne Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), South Bank on Friday, 18 January and Saturday, 19 January 2019.
  • Join THE BALLET THEATRE OF QUEENSLAND, Queensland’s premier youth ballet company, to celebrate another year of magical ballet as they bring to life, THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, a classic tale of love and enchantment, based on the Charles Perrault fairy tale and set to Tchaikovskhy’s famous music. Dance into the Playhouse Theatre at QPAC from NOW until Saturday, 19 January 2019.
  • Experience some edge of your seat magic when THE ILLUSIONISTS – DIRECT FROM BROADWAY bring you the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. See them at the Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), South Bank. They’re appearing (and disappearing) NOW and will turn up where least expected until Saturday, 19 January 2019.
  • JERSEY BOYS – winner of 64 major awards worldwide and the hottest musical in town – is now playing at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC! The Sydney Morning Herald thought that it was ‘The best musical ever, and Brisbane audiences seem to agree. It’s ON NOW at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC, South Bank.
  • See Australia’s future water polo stars in action at the AUSTRALIAN YOUTH WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS in Brisbane. The biggest water polo event in Australia takes place in various venues across Brisbane this month with more than 3,000 participants from 190 teams across six age groups. Check out the detailed listing to find a link to the program details. It’s ON NOW and runs until Thursday, 24 January 2019 at various dates and times across the city. 

 

The Event: GINGER FLOWER AND FOOD FESTIVAL

Date and time: Friday, 18 January to Sunday, 20 January 2019.

Venue: The Ginger Factory, Yandina on the Sunshine Coast.

Ticket price: Free entry and many events are free. Check out what’s on and how much it costs at https://www.gingerfactory.com.au/ginger-flower-food-festival.

What’s happening: THE GINGER FLOWER AND FOOD FESTIVAL is a huge event held at the ever-popular Ginger Factory on the Sunshine Coast and will delight foodies and garden lovers alike with three spectacular days of munchies, flowers and entertainment. There will be gardening experts, as well as live entertainment, animal experiences, market stalls and thousands of plants available for purchase. Grab your family and friends and head to the festival for a great day out!

There will be heaps of food and cooks and chefs galore, including CHRIS BOND, MATT GOLINSKI, JODIE WILLIAMS, LINDA BRENNAN, and PETER WOLFE, who will show you how to plate up some delicious treats in the Blue Ginger Room.

Go along to one of the informative garden talks where you can learn about ginger and heliconias and the great range of other plants on display. Some of the talks will include learning about contemporary garden design, how to regrow food from your kitchen scraps and how to grow root crops such as potatoes. Find out how to create some dazzling floral displays and learn about honeybees from an expert beekeeper.

After you’ve browsed through the festival, hop on the Moreton Ginger Train, a 115-year-old cane train which runs leisurely tours through the tranquil gardens. After your train ride, head over to the Overboard Boat Ride, a fun water adventure ride suitable for people of all ages.

Stop for lunch at the Ginger Cafe and grab a snack or meal created from the best local produce. Finish your day with a visit to the Ice-Creamery where you can indulge in their delicious range of homemade ice-creams made right there on site. Make sure to stop by the Ginger Shop on your way out and purchase some tasty ginger products to enjoy after you return home.

 

The Event: A SALON OF LARRIKINS

Date and time: Friday, 18 January and Saturday, 19 January 2019 (1 hour and 20 mins).

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

Ticket price: Adult $40, Concession $35, Student $20, Child $15. A transaction fee of $7.20 applies per transaction. Phone 136 246 or go to the website at https://qpac.com.au to book online.

What’s happening: Everything old is new again when A SALON OF LARRIKINS brings music, theatre and dance together in a kaleidoscope of treasures. Audiences will be treated to a confection of performance gems performed by the ‘super talents’ of Queensland. Thrill to Camerata’s virtuoso musical soloists playing exotic music such as The Hot Canary, The Typewriter, The Bumble Bee, Kabalevsky, The Swan, La Cumparsita and more.

Enjoy the extra special, fast, super tap dancing, the excruciating pointe work, the Oscar winning death scene and the fake take on ballet.There will be a dazzling display of amazing feats by some wickedly ‘mature’ former members of the Queensland Ballet, Sydney Dance Company and Australian Dance Theatre. These fine artists will delve into their extra-large box of tricks for your entertainment and delight.

 

The Event: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – BALLET THEATRE OF QUEENSLAND

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Saturday, 19 January 2019 (1 hour, 45 mins, including interval).

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

Ticket price: Phone 136 246 or go to the website at http://qpac.com.au to book online. Premium Adult $63.95 (Concession $56), A Reserve $53.95 (Concession $46), B Reserve $43.95 (Concession $36).

What’s happening: Join THE BALLET THEATRE OF QUEENSLAND, Queensland’s premier youth ballet company, to celebrate another year of magical ballet as they bring to life, THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, a classic tale of love and enchantment, based on the Charles Perrault fairy tale and set to Tchaikovskhy’s famous music.

On her 16th birthday, Princess Aurora pricks her finger on the thorn of a rose, falling under a spell cast by the wicked fairy Carabosse. After sleeping for 100 years, Aurora is finally woken by a tender kiss from a handsome prince. Choreographed by Artistic Director Timothy Brown, with magnificent sets and costumes, The Sleeping Beauty showcases the talents of some of Queensland’s finest young dancers, in a ballet for all ages.

 

The Event: THE ILLUSIONISTS – DIRECT FROM BROADWAY

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Saturday, 19 January 2019 (2 hours and 10 mins including interval).

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

Ticket price: Phone 136 246 or go to the website at https://qpac.com.au to book online. Tickets range from $79 to $99 with discounts available for concession card holders, children and families. A transaction fee of $7.20 applies per transaction.

What’s happening: Roll up! Roll up! Experience some edge of your seat magic when THE ILLUSIONISTS – DIRECT FROM BROADWAY bring you the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Book in now for this group of world class performers.

The Illusionists have been seen by millions of people across the world, shattering box office records and dazzling audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. The non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Audiences will witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind reading, and disappearance.

 

The Event: JERSEY BOYS – WINNER OF 64 MAJOR AWARDS WORLDWIDE AND THE HOTTEST MUSICAL IN TOWN!

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until a date to be confirmed.

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

Ticket price:HOT TICKET TIP: Best seats available for Sunday, 20 January at 6.30 p.m.There is an AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE on Sunday, 27 January 2019 at 1.00 p.m. Phone 136 246 or go to the website at http://qpac.com.au to book online. Tickets from $69.90, Groups admission from $90. Schools admission from $60 with 1 comp. per 20 students. A transaction fee of $7.20 applies per transaction.

What’s happening: JERSEY BOYS is the story of FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. The story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. The New York Times said: The crowd goes wild,’ and the Sydney Morning Herald thought that it was 'The best musical ever.’

The Jersey Boys wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty. Hits include Big Girls Don’t Cry, Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Oh, What a Night and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. It’s not cheap but the general consensus is that the hype is justified and, yes, it’s much better than the film.

 

The Event: AUSTRALIAN YOUTH WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Thursday 24 January 2019 at various dates and times across the city.

Venue: Venues across the city include the Brisbane Aquatic Centre (Sleeman Sports Complex) Council’s Valley Pool and Somerville House’s Murray Evans Sports and Aquatic Centre. Visit http://www.waterpoloaustralia.com.au for more information.

Ticket price: See the website above.

What’s happening: See Australia’s future water polo stars in action at the AUSTRALIAN YOUTH WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS in Brisbane. Get ready for a truly splash-tastic event when the biggest water polo event in Australia takes place in various venues across Brisbane this month. With more than 3,000 participants from 190 teams across six age groups, it’s sure to be an action-packed and hotly contested event you won’t want to miss – and you might even spot a future Olympian or two.

 

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