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Give it up for the Brisbane Comedy Festival!

BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL: LADY SINGS IT BETTER. Smashing expectations one soaring harmony at a time, four women take on the western world’s most famous male musicians and reinvent them. A high energy, hilarious and devilishly bizarre adventure through the darkest corners of pop, rock, hip hop and RnB, Lady Sings it Better gets audiences dancing in their seats. From Prince to George Michael, Usher to Justin Bieber, The Beatles to every 90s boyband you can name, well-loved songs reveal strange themes, surprisingly hideous lyrics and untapped musical potential. Winner Best Cabaret, Sydney Fringe, 2016. Happening Thursday, 14 March to Saturday, 16 March 2019, SunPAC (Friday), Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall (Thursday and Saturday). $35 (a) $28 (c), plus a $6.60 transaction fee. Visit the Festival website at www.brisbanecomedyfestival.com for the full program and to get your tickets. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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

  • People of all ages are invited to WATCH THE MOVIE SING IN THE POOL with friends and family to celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary Celebrations at Mt Gravatt East Aquatic Centre. Grab a bite to eat from the sausage sizzle fundraiser for Mt Gravatt East State School. Take your bathers to Mt Gravatt East Swimming Pool, Corner of Wecker Road and Newnham Road, Mt Gravatt East, on Friday, 15 March 2019 from 3.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
  • THE MULTICULTURAL TASTE OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL provides an opportunity to embrace our common values by sharing in food, music and entertainment. Its FREE and no bookings are required. Take your foodie enthusiasm to 7th Brigade Park, 21 Kittyhawk Drive, Chermside, on Saturday, 16 March 2019 from 2.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
  • CARNAUSTRALIA is an authentic experience of Brazilian Carnival (from the State of Bahia) which is the largest cultural event and outdoor party in the World. The one-day event offers a celebration of Brazilian culture, live music from some of Brazil’s most renowned musicians, and delicious traditional Brazilian food. Samba in to the Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, on Saturday, 16 March 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
  • The WORLD HARMONY FESTIVAL 2019 is an excellent way to connect with multi-ethnic and mainstream communities and organisations to enhance multicultural understanding. It’s a day of FREE family fun and there’s plenty for the kids to do. Head for the Robelle Domain Parkland, Education City Drive, Springfield Central, onSaturday, 16 March 2019 from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. 
  • During this year’s ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS, follow your own leprechaun, search for a pot of gold and hope for the Luck of the Irish during the many events being held over the weekend of Saturday, 16 March to Sunday 17th March 2019. See below for more details.
  • The Irish are taking over the Brunswick Street Mall. FINN MCCOOL'S is gearing up to bring ANOTHER EPIC ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION for 2019. There’ll be two stages for live entertainment, food stalls, pop-up bars and even a vintage truck complete with taps of your favourite beers. Dress head to toe in green and join in the biggest celebration of the year ‘when everyone is Irish’ and the craic is mighty! At the Brunswick Street Mall, Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, on Sunday, 17 March 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

 

The Event: 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY – MOVIE NIGHT IN THE POOL

Date and time: Friday, 15 March 2019 from 3.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Venue: Mt Gravatt East Swimming Pool, Corner of Wecker Road and Newnham Road, Mt Gravatt East. View on Google Maps

Ticket price: FREE for all ages and no bookings are required. .

What’s happening: Join in the 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS AT MT GRAVATT EAST AQUATIC CENTRE. Watch the movie SING in the pool with friends and family. Grab a bite to eat from the sausage sizzle fundraiser for Mt Gravatt East State School.

 

The Event:  THE MULTICULTURAL TASTE OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL

Date and time: Saturday, 16 March 2019 from 2.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Venue: 7th Brigade Park, 21 Kittyhawk Drive, Chermside. View on Google Maps

Ticket price: FREE to attend, and no bookings are required. For more information visit Brisbane Malayalees

What’s happening: THE MULTICULTURAL TASTE OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL is proudly supported by the Brisbane City Council. It brings together communities to celebrate our cultural diversity, and promote community awareness of multiculturalism. Above all, the festival provides an opportunity to embrace our common values by sharing in food, music and entertainment.

 

The Event: CARNAUSTRALIA – AN AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE OF BRAZILIAN CARNIVAL

Date and time: Saturday, 16 March 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Venue: Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills. View on Google Maps

Ticket price: See the website. This is a ticketed event and bookings are required. To purchase tickets visit Ticketbooth. NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS FOR 18 YEARS AND OVER AND ID WILL BE REQUIRED.

What’s happening:  Brisbane City Council is a proud sponsor of CARNAUSTRALIA, an authentic experience of Brazilian Carnival (from the State of Bahia) which is the largest cultural event and outdoor party in the World. The one-day event offers a beautifully colourful celebration of Brazilian culture through live music from some of Brazil’s most renowned musicians. Also on offer is delicious traditional Brazilian food and an amazing atmosphere offering a real taste and experience of Carnival.

 

The Event: WORLD HARMONY FESTIVAL 2019

Date and time: Saturday, 16 March 2019 from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Venue: Robelle Domain Parkland, Education City Drive, Springfield Central.

Ticket price: FREE ENTRY. Go to The World Harmony Festival for more information, or email worldharmonysociety@gmail.com.

What’s happening: The WORLD HARMONY FESTIVAL 2019 is an excellent way to connect with multi-ethnic and mainstream communities and organisations to enhance multicultural understanding. It’s a day of FREE family fun and there’s plenty for kids to do, with free face painting and a Lion Dance Workshop at 5.30 p.m. You can grab a $15 unlimited rides ticket for the giant slide, rock wall, land train, jumping castle, tea cups, laser skirmish and Ferris wheel. Note that there will be no ATM available at the festival, so you need to plan for that.

Free Lucky Money is on at 6.00 p.m. with the Firm Sword Competition happening some ten minutes later at 6.10 p.m. You could win $100 in prizes for the under 18s and no experience is required. Multicultural performances will entertain you and there will be a variety of stalls to browse through. The aromas of International Food stalls will tempt your tastebuds and you can look forward to a spectacular display of fireworks exploding at 8.00 p.m.

 

The Event: ST PATRICK DAY EVENTS ACROSS BRISBANE

Date and time: Primarily on Saturday, 16 March and Sunday, 17 March 2019 – some are being held earlier – check the websites.

Venue: Various venues – see below. 

Ticket price: Some events are ticketed and some are free – see below. Go to the BRISBANE IRISH FESTIVAL website at http://www.brisbaneirishfestival.com to see the range of celebrations on offer.

What’s happening: During this year’s ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS, follow your own leprechaun, search for a pot of gold and hope for the Luck of the Irish during the weekend of Saturday, 16 March to Sunday 17th March 2019.

It wouldn’t be an Irish celebration in Brisbane without the ST PATRICKS DAY PARADE. Now in its 30th consecutive year, watch the spectacle of a sea of green in the passing parade on Saturday, 16 March 2019, which will feature colourful floats and lively marching bands. The parade starts and ends at the City Botanic Gardens (Alice Street end) and runs from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Live music, food and 30 stalls will also be available to enjoy from 8.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. in the gardens.

The ever-popular PADDYFEST is to be held at the Eagle Farm Racecourse, Brisbane on Saturday, 16 March 2019. Gates open at 12.00 noon, and the entertainment begins at 1.00 p.m. PADDYFEST CENTRAL celebrates all things Irish, so if you’re a proud Irishman (or even if you’re not! As they say, ‘Everybody’s Irish on St Paddy’s Day!’), head here for pints of green beer & Guinness, the Irish-inspired Diddly Dee Food Truck and great craic! Dance along with the roving pipe band and do the jig with the Irish dancers.

The LITTLE LEPRECHAUNS KIDS ZONE goes off in 2019 – they’ve  got some of the finest kids rides, circus acts, temporary tattoos & hairspray, arts & crafts and music to leave the wee lads and lasses spoilt for choice! Will you visit Basil Grumble’s Craft Castle OR pat a baby lamb at Scruffy Murphy’s Animal Farm? – you can do it ALL with a kid's ticket including unlimited access to all activities!

Don’t miss the classic rock bands & folk ensembles that will have you shamrock’n’rollin all day long! Need more information? Click here to read their FAQs section! Find out what’s happening at http://paddyfest.com.au/whats-on/program and get your tickets here http://paddyfest.com.au/tickets.

The Irish are taking over Brunswick Street Mall. FINN MCCOOL'S is gearing up to bring ANOTHER EPIC ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION for 2019. This year it is going to be even bigger than last year. Dress head to toe in green and join us in Brunswick Street Mall at Finn McCool's for the biggest celebration of the year ‘when everyone is Irish’ and the craic is mighty!

There will be two stages for live entertainment, food stalls, pop-up bars and even a vintage truck complete with taps of your favourite beers. NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS FOR PEOPLE 18 YEARS AND OVER (see below). For more information about what’s happening visit Facebook.

 

The Event: ST PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL WITH FINN McCOOL’S

Date and time: Sunday, 17 March 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Venue: Brunswick Street Mall, Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. View on Google Maps

Ticket price: FREE and no bookings are required – but NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS FOR PEOPLE 18 YEARS AND OVER. For more information visit Facebook.

What’s happening: The Irish are taking over Brunswick Street Mall. FINN MCCOOL'S is gearing up to bring ANOTHER EPIC ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION for 2019. This year it is going to be even bigger than last year. Dress head to toe in green and join us in Brunswick Street Mall at Finn McCool's for the biggest celebration of the year ‘when everyone is Irish’ and the craic is mighty!

There will be two stages for live entertainment including: 

  • Barley Shakes
  • The Gathering
  • The Munster Bucks
  • Limerick
  • Qld Irish Pipe Band
  • Scoil Ard Rince - Irish Dancers.

The event will be a festival of all things ’Irish’ with food stalls, pop-up bars and even a vintage truck complete with taps of your favourite beers.

 

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BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL: AROUND THE CAMPFIRE with Big Fork Theatre. Pitch a tent, spray the mozzie repellent and get ready to swap stories Around the Campfire. There are a lot of great things about camping – stargazing, bushwalks, spotting animals and toasting marshmallows. But the best part is staying up late and sharing funny stories with your best mates. Join Big Fork Theatre for an improvised comedy show full of true stories about growing up, mischief, friendship, and of course, marshmallows. Grab your family (definitely don’t get a babysitter!) and enjoy some fun, whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, on Saturday, 16 March 2019, Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse. Tickets $22 (a) $20 (groups 4+), plus a $6.60 transaction fee applies. This event is part of the special FAMILY PROGRAM. Also catch the Class Clown Heats on Tuesday, 12 March at the Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse, and the Class Clowns Finals on Sunday, 17 March at the Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse. There is also Mr Snot Bottom’s Stinky Silly Show (charming) on Saturday, 23 March and Sunday, 24 March 2019, at the Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse. Visit the Festival website at www.brisbanecomedyfestival.com for the full program and to get your tickets. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)