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

BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE – Saturday, 12 October and Sunday, 13 October 2019. ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 455 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane. 1873: Church Architect Richard Suter; 1889: Rectory Architect J.H. Buckeridge. PLEASE NOTE: Access is on Sunday, 13 October only, from 11.00 a.m. to 4.15 p.m. There is general access, and a self-guided tour for you to explore this very old place of worship. There is wheelchair access. Refreshments will be available (Café/restaurant). At 1.00 p.m. Mr John Earwaker will give a talk on Dr Lillian Cooper and Miss Bedford, and at 3.00 p.m. there will be a piano concert by Roger Cui. You are invited to join them for drinks afterwards. Find out more about the church on their website at www.saintmarys.org.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, 2, 3, and 5 for more events. 

  • Celebrate the Indian Festival of Lights and join the community for DIWALI celebrations with music, Bollywood dancing, henna tattoos, delicious Indian and multicultural food, arts and crafts, fireworks and much more! It’s FREE and it’s happening at King George Square, 100 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, on Friday, 25 October 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.
  • Celebrate Diwali at the DIWALI FESTIVAL in Fortitude Valley. Special light displays will illuminate the Chinatown Mall precinct, and there will be traditional live music, dance and performing artists. It’s FREE and it’s happening in the Chinatown Mall, Duncan Street, Fortitude Valley, on Saturday, 26 October 2019 from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
  • It’s time for the annual MANLY HARBOUR VILLAGE HALLOWEEN STREET PARTY, a FREE, family-friendly and alcohol-free community event, with lots of entertainment on the shores of Moreton Bay. It’s happening on Saturday, 26 October 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
  • The SWINGALICIOUS BIG BAND will provide a bright and breezy morning concert and there will be sausage sizzles, food and plant stalls, and rides on a real STEAM TRAIN run by the Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club, at McPherson Park, 146 Denham Street, Bracken Ridge on Sunday, 27 October 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.
  • Families and kids can have a spooky day out at the popular HOCUS POCUS HALLOWEEN FAMILY FESTIVAL at the end of October. Dust off your princess dress, zombie mask or ghost gown and head for Bulimba Memorial Park, Oxford Street, Bulimba, on Thursday, 31 October 2018 from 3.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
  • BRISBANE FIESTA LATINA is a Culture, Food and Music Festival held to celebrate and share the diversity and liveliness of Latin-American culture within the wider community in Brisbane. Experience the warmth and happiness that Latin-Americans have to offer in this FREE event in the Roma Street Parkland, 1 Parkland Boulevard, Brisbane City, on Saturday, 2 November 2019 from 12.00 noon to 8.00 p.m.  
  • Music enthusiasts won’t want to miss the HIGH ROTATION EXHIBITION, which dives into the songs, stories and images of the Brisbane music scene, exploring a world of musicians and managers, labels and producers, venues and fans over the past 30 years. It reveals a snapshot of how popular music in Brisbane exploded from the local scene onto national and international stages. The exhibition is ON NOW at the Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City Hall, and runs until Monday, 20 April 2020.

 

The Event: DIWALI – THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Date and time: Friday, 25 October 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m.

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

Ticket price: FREE to attend. For more information visit The Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland Inc. at https://ficq.org.au.

What’s happening: Celebrate the Indian Festival of Lights and join the community for DIWALI celebrations in King George Square. There will be music, Bollywood dancing, henna tattoos, delicious Indian and multicultural food, arts and crafts, fireworks and much more! Diwali celebrations may vary in different communities but its significance and spiritual meaning is generally ‘the awareness of the inner light’.

Diwali is celebrated every autumn in the northern hemisphere in October or November. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it symbolises the spiritual ‘victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance’. It honours Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu), and it is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana.

 

The Event: DIWALI FESTIVAL IN THE VALLEY

Date and time: Saturday, 26 October 2019 from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Venue: Chinatown Mall, Duncan Street, Fortitude Valley.

Ticket price: FREE to attend.

What’s happening: DIWALI, also known as The Festival of Lights, is returning to Chinatown Mall. Festivities will include traditional live music, dance and performing artists. Special light displays will illuminate the precinct, offering visitors the chance to experience the wonder of this ancient Indian celebration, which symbolises the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.

 

The Event: MANLY HARBOUR VILLAGE HALLOWEEN STREET PARTY

Date and time: Saturday, 26 October 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Venue: Manly Harbour Village, and Little Bayside Park, 42 Fairlead Crescent, Manly. Go to the visitor centre at https://manlyharbourvillage.com/wynnum-manly-tourism-visitor-information-centre if you don’t know your way around.

Ticket price: FREE to attend and no bookings are required. Visit the website at https://manlyharbourvillage.com/event/halloween-street-party-2019 for more information, including street closures.

What’s happening: On 26 October, ghouls, ghosts, ballerinas and fairies will dominate the landscape, bent on thrilling and chilling you in the most fun way possible. That’s right, it’s time to start preparing yourself for the MANLY HARBOUR VILLAGE HALLOWEEN STREET PARTY!

Dress up and join the throng at this free, family-friendly and alcohol-free community event with over 13 hours of non-stop entertainment on two stages. The event opens at 11.00 a.m., main stage entertainment is from 1.00 p.m., the street parade is at dusk, and the spectacular fireworks set to music kick off at 9.00 p.m.

This is Brisbane’s biggest Halloween event with markets, best dressed competitions, live entertainment, movies in the park, rides, pumpkin carving, fireworks and a thrilling street parade. Register online to be part of the Best Dressed Parade and your chance to share in $2,000 of prizes. There will be prizes for best dressed boy and girl, adults and groups.

 

The Event: ALL STEAMED UP IN McPHERSON PARK WITH THE SWINGALICIOUS BIG BAND

Date and time: Sunday, 27 October 2019 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

Venue: McPherson Park, 146 Denham Street, Bracken Ridge.

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

What’s happening: The SWINGALICIOUS BIG BAND will provide a bright and breezy morning concert in collaboration with sausage sizzles, food and plant stalls, and rides on a real STEAM TRAIN run by the Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club as part of Council’s Bands in Parks program.

 

The Event: HOCUS POCUS HALLOWEEN FAMILY FESTIVAL

Date and time: Thursday, 31 October 2018 from 3.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Venue: Memorial Park, Oxford Street Bulimba. Show map

Ticket price: FREE to attend. Check out Facebook for more at https://www.facebook.com/events/665052210646483

What’s happening: Get groovy and goull-y down at the HOCUS POCUS HALLOWEEN FAMILY FESTIVAL just for kids, with free rides, bouncy castles and craft activities, plus cool tunes, best dressed, trick or treat and more.

 

The Event: BRISBANE FIESTA LATINA 2019

Date and time: Saturday, 2 November 2019 from 12.00 noon to 8.00 p.m.

Venue: Roma Street Parkland, 1 Parkland Boulevard, Brisbane City.  

Ticket price: FREE to attend.

What’s happening: BRISBANE FIESTA LATINA, the most authentic Latin-American experience, launched in 2011. The fiesta is a culture, food and music festival created and organised by LACA QLD to celebrate and share the diversity and liveliness of Latin-American culture within the wider community in Brisbane.

Every year this celebration offers Brisbane’s multicultural society an opportunity to experience the warmth and happiness that Latin-Americans have to offer. Be part of this vibrant event, proudly sponsored by the Brisbane City Council, and dance into the Roma Street Parkland to enjoy food music and more.

 

The Event: MUSEUM OF BRISBANE – HIGH ROTATION EXHIBITION

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Monday, 20 April 2020. Times: 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., and 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. on Fridays.

Venue: Museum of Brisbane, Level 3, Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City. To find out more, go to https://www.museumofbrisbane.com.au

Ticket price: Adult $12, Concession/student $9, Family $30, children under 12 FREE. Access all areas Season Pass from $15. Bookings are essential – go to https://museumofbrisbane.rezdy.com/323528/high-rotation.

What’s happening: Turn up the volume as HIGH ROTATION dives into the songs, stories and images of the Brisbane music scene, exploring a world of musicians and managers, labels and producers, venue managers, record label reps, and fans. Featuring highlights over the past 30 years, High Rotation reveals a snapshot of how popular music in Brisbane exploded from the local scene onto national and international stages. This exhibition will take music lovers down memory lane, while introducing a new generation to this seminal musical period.

From the people who made the local music industry what it is today, see and hear how Brisbane’s popular music has adapted and responded to dynamic influences ranging from the social and political to the technological. Discover and revisit the iconic songs, music videos, photographs, instruments and souvenirs from 1989 to the present day, from the likes of Powderfinger, Regurgitator, Kate Miller-Heidke, Keith Urban, Thelma Plum, Violent Soho, Sheppard, Savage Garden, Emma Louise, The Grates, and many more.

 

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BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE – Saturday, 12 October and Sunday, 13 October 2019. OLD WINDMILL TOWER, 226 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane City. 1828: Architect Charles Tiffin. Open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Some general access and pre-booked guided tours for upper floors and observatory – book via www.brisbaneopenhouse.com.au. Wear enclosed shoes please. The ground floor is open for general inspection, but the site is not suitable for mobility impaired people and there is no wheelchair access. The heritage-listed Old Windmill Tower is the oldest surviving windmill tower in Australia, reputably the oldest example of European construction in Queensland, and Brisbane’s oldest standing building. Dating from 1828, it later became an Observatory and Signal Station reporting on shipping arrivals and, for many years, helped ‘keep the time’ for the citizens of Brisbane with the firing of a cannon and the dropping of its time ball at 1.00 p.m. Go to http://www.brisbaneopenhouse.com.au for more information. (Photo by L.J. May)