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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.   

  • It’s on again and it’s huge as usual. Whether you’re a book worm, a dedicated reader, a student, a book collector or someone searching for those long lost books, LIFELINE BOOKFEST BRISBANE is for you. There are also Bookfests happening at other venues around Queensland – check the website, but in Brisbane it’s on at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale St, South Brisbane, and runs from Saturday, 19 January 2019 to Monday, 28 January 2019.
  • Andy and Terry’s Treehouse is now a 91-STOREY TREEHOUSE. It’s more fantastically dangerous than ever, with a deserted desert island, a whirlpool and a giant spider! This play by Richard Tulloch, adapted from the book by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, is a fantastical trip through this wild, weird and wonderful world for children 6+ and their adults. Just beware of the Fortune Teller at the Playhouse Theatre, QPAC, from Wednesday, 23 January 2019 to Sunday, 27 January 2019 (1 hour no interval).
  • CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA DAY listening to the Brisbane Brass Band, featuring special guests, the National Youth Band of New Zealand, while relaxing on the lawn at NEW FARM PARK, New Farm on Saturday, 26 January 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
  • At the VICTORIA PARK BISTRO you and the family can CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA DAY all weekend long at Victoria Park! To get everyone in the Aussie spirit over the weekend there will be special Aussie inspired menu items, Aussie lawn games including sack races and tug-of-war, live music, a jumping castle, kids face painting and a GIANT games area. Book in for Saturday, 26 January 2019 from 11.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • Pack a picnic and enjoy FREE LIVE MUSIC in the spectacular setting of River Quay at AUSTRALIA DAY ON THE GREEN, on Saturday, 26 January 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
  • Keep an eye out for the special green and gold fireworks in this year’s display at the  AUSTRALIA DAY FIREWORKS AT SOUTH BANK, as well as the six pyrotechnic jet ski performers who will be launching fireworks while they perform in front of the Promenade, on Saturday, 26 January 2019 from 7.30 p.m. to 7.45 p.m.
  • Think bananas – think Queensland! And particularly up Biloela way. BANANA SHIRE. AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS will take place in Thangool and surrounds. Want to see how they do it in rural areas? Enjoy a fun-filled family day at the Thangool Race Club on Saturday, 26 January 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. 

 

The Event: THE LIFELINE BOOKFEST

Date and time: From Saturday, 19 January 2019 to Monday, 28 January 2019. TIMES: Saturday, 19 January – 7.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., Friday, 25 January – 8.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. Every other day – 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane. For details of transport to the venue, please refer to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition centre website at http://www.bcec.com.au.

Ticket price: FREE to attend. For more information about what’s happening and a map, go to https://www.unitingcareqld.com.au/lifeline/bookfest.

What’s happening: The LIFELINE BOOKFEST BRISBANE is the largest second-hand book sale in Queensland and the biggest fundraising event that supports the 24-hour Lifeline 13 11 14 Crisis Support Line. This life-saving service offers suicide prevention and bereavement support over the phone as well as family and crisis support – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Bookfest is on again in Brisbane and continues over ten massive days, with millions of books, magazines, comics, records, puzzles, sheet music, DVDs, CDs, vinyl, board games and much more on offer for prices as low as a dollar! There will be daily prizes of $100 Bookfest gift vouchers up for grabs – imagine what you could get for that.

Whether you’re a book worm, a dedicated reader, a student, a book collector or someone searching for those long lost books, Lifeline Bookfest Brisbane is the place for you, so get down to the BCEC and grab a great book or a dozen or more. (There are also Bookfests happening in other cities in Queensland – for more information go to https://www.unitingcareqld.com.au/lifeline/bookfest).

 

The Event: THE 91-STOREY TREEHOUSE

Date and time: Wednesday, 23 January 2019 to Sunday, 27 January 2019 (1 hour no interval)

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

Ticket price: PREMIUM admission $40, A RESERVE $35. Groups of 4+ $30. A transaction fee of $7.20 applies per transaction. Phone 136 246 or go to the website at http://qpac.com.au to book online.

What’s happening: Andy and Terry’s Treehouse is now a 91-STOREY TREEHOUSE. It’s more fantastically dangerous than ever, with a deserted desert island, a whirlpool and a giant spider! But Andy, Terry and Jill have no idea they’re about to face their biggest challenge yet! Mr Big Nose has sent his grandchildren to the Treehouse, and they don’t want to just sit quietly. Can Andy, Terry and Jill master this extreme babysitting challenge?

What does mysterious fortune teller Madam Know-it-all really want? And will the Big Red Button really destroy the world? This play by Richard Tulloch is adapted from the book by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton. The team behind the 13, 26, 52- and 78-Storey Treehouse Live on Stage return with a fantastical trip through this wild, weird and wonderful world for children 6+ and their adults. Just beware of the Fortune Teller.

 

The Event: BANDS IN PARKS – CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA DAY

Date and time: Saturday, 26 January 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Venue: New Farm Park, New Farm. This venue is wheelchair accessible.

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

What’s happening: CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA DAY while relaxing on the lawn and listening to the Brisbane Brass Band, featuring special guests, the National Youth Band of New Zealand. 

 

The Event: CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA DAY AT VICTORIA PARK

Date and time: Saturday, 26 January 2019 from 11.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Venue: Australia Day at Victoria Park, 309 Herston Road, Herston, Brisbane. There is free on-site parking available for all guests.

Ticket price: Bookings for breakfast, lunch and dinner are recommended as places are limited – call the Bistro on 3252 2533. Go to https://victoriapark.com.au/whats-on/australiaday for more information.

What’s happening: CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA DAY all weekend long at the VICTORIA PARK BISTRO! To get everyone in the Aussie spirit over the weekend there will be special Aussie inspired menu items, Aussie lawn games including sack races and tug-of-war, live music, a jumping castle, kids face painting and a GIANT games area. Spend the day at Victoria Park surrounded by relaxing views of Brisbane’s city skyline and the rolling green hills of the golf course

 

The Event: AUSTRALIA DAY ON THE GREEN – SOUTH BANK

Date and time: Saturday, 26 January 2019 from 1.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Venue: South Bank Parklands, Corner Ernest Street, Stanley Street and Grey Street, South Brisbane. View on Google Maps 

Ticket price: FREE to attend.

What’s happening: This Australia Day, relax and celebrate the laid-back lifestyle of our vast and diverse country with festivities at South Bank. Enjoy free live music in the spectacular setting of River Quay at AUSTRALIA DAY ON THE GREEN. This event offers sweeping city and river views (ideal for picnicking), with performances from Birdman Randy, The Ivory Street Preachers and special guest DJs.

 

The Event: AUSTRALIA DAY FIREWORKS – AT SOUTH BANK

Date and time: Saturday, 26 January 2019 from 7.30 p.m. to 7.45 p.m.

Venue: South Bank Parklands, Corner Ernest Street, Stanley Street and Grey Street, South Brisbane. View on Google Maps

Ticket price: FREE to attend.

What’s happening: Relax and celebrate the laid-back lifestyle of our vast and diverse country with festivities at South Bank. Watch a free, colourful AUSTRALIA DAY FIREWORKS DISPLAY at 7.30 p.m. The best viewing locations are from the Clem Jones Promenade, the Cultural Forecourt and River Quay. Keep an eye out for the special green and gold fireworks in this year’s display and, for the first time, the display will feature six pyrotechnic jet ski performers – they’ll be launching fireworks while they perform in front of the Promenade.

 

The Event: BANANA SHIRE AUSTRALIA DAY CELEBRATIONS

Date and time: Saturday, 26 January 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Venue: Thangool and surrounds – up Biloela way, Queensland. Go to the website at http://www.banana.qld.gov.au/australiaday.

Ticket price: Check the website and links below - any enquiries should be directed to Council's Australia Day Working Group on (07) 4992 9500 or email enquiries@banana.qld.gov.au.

What’s happening: Council says: ‘On Australia Day we celebrate the things that make our country great: the people, the land, our diversity, our sense of a fair go, our lifestyle and our freedoms. We reflect on our national journey. We commit to making our country even better in the future.’

AUSTRALIA DAY 2019 – THANGOOL: The 2019 Australia Day Celebrations will be hosted by the Thangool Community at the Thangool Race Track. Gates open at 9.00 a.m. and the Official Ceremony will commence at 10.00 a.m. with presentation of the Awards and a Citizenship Ceremony. Click here to view the program for the day. Click here to view the event flyer. Any enquiries should be directed to Council's Australia Day Working Group on (07) 4992 9500 or enquiries@banana.qld.gov.au.

The Photography Competition: To help celebrate Australia Day 2019 in Thangool, The Banana Shire Council invites Banana Shire residents to enter a photography competition responding to the theme ‘Banana Shire – Old and New’. ‘We want photos that celebrate and share what you think it means to live in our beautiful country,’ they say. Entrants have the chance to share in $380 worth of prizes! Download the detailed 'Entry Conditions' and 'Entry Form'.

 

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