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

BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE – Saturday, 12 October and Sunday, 13 October 2019. QUEENSLAND STATE ARCHIVES, 435 Compton Road (drive up Archives Avenue about 200 metres), Runcorn. 1993: Original building; 2008: Expansion project (QSA2) Bretton Watson of Project Services, Department of Housing and Public Works. This is where the bodies are buried and a genealogist’s delight. On Saturday, 12 October only from 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., there will be general access and guided tours, with rolling tours on the hour (last tour 3.00 p.m.) Register at the building on arrival. There is wheelchair access. You should note that there are photography restrictions, so don’t arrive with the intention of getting snap happy. (Photo courtesy of BCC Archives and modified 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, 4 and 5 for more events.   

  • Take part in Australia’s biggest community event, the GARAGE SALE TRAIL, and divert preloved items with more life to give from landfill and support a greener Brisbane, Queensland and Australia. It all kicks off on Saturday, 19 October and Sunday, 20 October 2019.
  • The fifth annual GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE unlocks buildings, places and spaces right across the city, from heritage gems to sports venues and inspiring buildings, homes, churches, schools, universities, museums, art galleries, TV and radio stations, and public utilities. Snoop around them for FREE on Saturday, 19 October 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
  • In this FREE interactive exhibition, leading Australian artist Ben Quilty encourages children and families to EXPLORE THE ART OF PORTRAITURE in an artist studio setting. Draw a portrait of a family member or a friend following a video with tips from Ben’s daughter Olivia, play with colour and distortion to create a digital self-portrait, and experience Ben’s work in a new way through painting replicas that you can touch. It’s happening NOW at the Children’s Art Centre. GOMA, Gallery 1.4, and runs until 20 October 2019.
  • Welcome to the 13TH ANNUAL 4MBS BRISBANE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL! The beloved bard will return for three days of FREE, fully staged, professional outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s HAMLET, plus music, swordplay demonstrations, food and more family fun. No bookings are necessary. Head for SANDGATE (Einbunpin Lagoon Park, Cnr Lagoon Street and Brighton Road, on Sunday, 20 October), the ROMA STREET PARKLAND AMPHITHEATRE (1 Parkland Blvd, Brisbane City on Saturday, 26 October), and THE GASWORKS PLAZA (69 Skyring Terrace, Newstead, on Saturday, 2 November 2019).
  • Venture down the rabbit hole and see the lighter side of politics at the free political cartoon exhibition, BEHIND THE LINES: THE YEAR’S BEST POLITICAL CARTOONS 2018, showcasing over 80 cartoons by 30 of Australia’s best political cartoonists. Running alongside that exhibition is SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS: 100 YEARS OF QUEENSLAND POLITICAL CARTOONS, featuring a series of political cartoons and objects from the SLQ collection. See it all for FREE and take part in gallery activities in the SLQ Gallery at the State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank. It’s ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 27 October 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • At TRICK OR TREAT LITTLE STANLEY STREET, from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m., families will see the street lined with colourful Halloween characters creating a trail of trick or treat hotspots up and down South Bank’s restaurant strip, giving the chance for Halloween lovers to collect buckets of tasty goodies. The event is FREE but you do need to register before you head for Little Stanley Street, South Bank on Friday, 25 October and/or Saturday, 26 October 2019 from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
  • Discover new ideas, products and tips to inspire your next foodie adventure, plus see celebrity chefs demonstrate their delicious recipes live on stage at the GOOD FOOD AND WINE SHOW at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane from Friday, 25 October 2019 to Sunday, 27 October 2019. 

 

The Event: THE GREAT GARAGE SALE TRAIL

Date and time: Saturday, 19 October and Sunday, 20 October 2019.

Venue: See a video, and register to list your sale on the Trail for FREE at https://www.garagesaletrail.com.au, plus get tips, tricks and free promotional materials. You will be able to search for garage sales happening near you using the national map, and create a list of favourites to visit over the weekend. This event is made possible by the councils of Australia – find out if your local council is participating at https://www.garagesaletrail.com.au/about/councils

Ticket price: See the website above to participate.

What’s happening: They say one person’s trash is another’s treasure, and what better way to help keep Brisbane clean, green and sustainable than Australia’s biggest community event, the GARAGE SALE TRAIL. Join 400,000 Australians and choose to reuse to reduce the amount of stuff we send to landfill and minimise our impact on the world around us.

Whether you register your own garage sale on the Trail or head out to snap up a bargain, remember that buying second-hand is an easy way to shop more sustainably, divert preloved items with more life to give from landfill, and support a greener Brisbane, Queensland, and Australia. Last year over 3 million kilograms of preloved items were sold, from kids’ toys to clothes, furniture and antique tea sets. You name it, you can find it on the Trail.

HOST A SALE: Declutter, make some money and meet the locals. It’s for everybody! Households, community groups. charities, schools, and even whole streets get involved! It’s also a great event for makers and creators to showcase their wares and for good causes to raise a quid of two to support their work, with $1m raised for charity each year. There is help if you run into problems – a handy guide on the website at https://www.garagesaletrail.com.au/about/faqs answers the questions organisers get asked the most.

SHOP THE TRAIL: Find bargains and unearth unique treasures in your neighbourhood. Over 2 million items are up for grabs at 16,000 registered sales across the country. The Brisbane City Council has sponsored the annual Garage Sale Trail event for the past six years and nearly 600 garage sales and stalls participated in the event last year. Who knows what you might find!

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS? The Show will go on – rain, hail or shine, the Trail will go ahead. Keep your eyes peeled on the social media platforms for a weather update nearer the time and maybe consider a Plan B – it could be as simple as moving into the garage or swapping the day of your sale from Saturday to Sunday.

 

The Event: GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE

Date and time: Saturday, 19 October 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Venue: Various locations. Go to https://goldcoastopenhouse.com.au for more information and a link to View the 2019 Buildings.  

Ticket price: This is a FREE event for young and old. Attendance at some Gold Coast Open House buildings require pre-registration for guided tours. Please check goldcoastopenhouse.com.au for updates on the full program release and tour registration dates.

What’s happening: WELCOME TO GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE! On Saturday, 19 October 2019, the fifth annual Gold Coast Open House opens the doors of interesting and architecturally significant buildings and locations, inviting the public to take a behind the scenes look at places they may have only glimpsed from the street.

Gold Coast Open House unlocks buildings, places and spaces right across the city, from heritage gems to sports venues and inspiring buildings, homes, churches, schools, universities, museums, art galleries, TV and radio stations, public utilities and workplaces that reflect the city’s unique architecture and urban design. Famous for its interwar and post-war development boom and recreational industries, the Gold Coast has a varied and unique stock of buildings and places in comparison with many other major Australian cities.

The buildings included in the program each year show a snapshot of the evolution of architecture on the Gold Coast, with some buildings dating back to the late 1800s, early 1900s, through to cutting edge design of recent years by some of the Gold Coast’s leading architects.

Locals and visitors alike will have the opportunity to explore these urban spaces and learn more about the Gold Coast, its history and future aspirations – and how architecture and design have contributed to the city we know today. There are also several fringe events you might be interested in, including a Public Art ‘In Conversation’ talk, Architect for a Day, and Speed Date an Architect – go to the website at https://goldcoastopenhouse.com.au for more information.

 

The Event: BEN QUILTY FAMILY PORTRAIT

Date and time: ON NOW AND runs until 20 October 2019.

Venue: Children’s Art Centre, GOMA, Gallery 1.4, South Bank Precinct, South Bank.

Ticket price: FREE to attend. For more information, go to the website at https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/kids/ben-quilty-family-portrait, and go to https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/brisbane-qagoma-events-calendar for more events.

What’s happening: As part of the major exhibition ‘Quilty’, Brisbane's Children's Art Centre presents ‘BEN QUILTY: FAMILY PORTRAIT’. In this interactive exhibition, leading Australian artist Ben Quilty encourages children and families to explore the art of portraiture in an artist studio setting. The exhibition also stars Ben’s children – Joe and Olivia – who appear in a video on display, which takes children inside Ben’s studio in New South Wales and provides insights into his approach to making art.

You can draw a portrait of a family member or a friend following an instructional video with tips from Olivia, play with colour and distortion to create a digital self-portrait, and experience Ben’s work in a new way through painting replicas that you can touch.

 

The Event: 4MBS BRISBANE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2019 – HAMLET IN THE PARK

Date and time: See below.

Venue: SANDGATE (Einbunpin Lagoon Park, Cnr Lagoon Street and Brighton Road, on Sunday, 20 October), the ROMA STREET PARKLAND AMPHITHEATRE (1 Parkland Blvd, Brisbane City on Saturday, 26 October), and THE GASWORKS PLAZA (69 Skyring Terrace, Newstead, on Saturday, 2 November 2019)

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

What’s happening: Welcome to the 13TH ANNUAL 4MBS BRISBANE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL! The beloved bard will return for three days of Shakespearean festivities in Sandgate, the Roma Street Parkland Amphitheatre, and the Gasworks Plaza, Newstead.

Each day features FREE, fully staged, professional outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s greatest play, his tragedy HAMLET, directed by Tama Matheson and featuring an outstanding professional cast, including Eugene Gilfedder as King Claudius, plus music, swordplay demonstrations, food and more family fun.

SANDGATE (Einbunpin Lagoon Park, on Sunday, 20 October, at 2.30 p.m.): Sausage sizzle, cakes and drinks provided by the Shorncliffe Pottery Club. Bring thine own rug or chair for comfort. Free facepainting for kids. At 1.00 p.m. FREE entertainment includes the QUEENSLAND WIND ORCHESTRA, 1.45 p.m. SWORDPLAY, and at 2.30 p.m. HAMLET.  

ROMA STREET PARKLAND AMPHITHEATRE (1 Parkland Blvd, Brisbane City – the first time for the festival – on Saturday, 26 October at 5.30 p.m.): The lush open-air amphitheatre features grass-covered seats, but bring a rug or pillow for extra comfort. Woodfired pizzas and drinks will be available for purchase. At 4.00 p.m. FREE entertainment includes the YELLOW BIRD TRIO, 4.45 p.m. SWORDPLAY, and at 5.30 p.m. HAMLET.  

THE GASWORKS PLAZA (69 Skyring Terrace, Newstead, on Saturday, 2 November 2019 at 5.30 p.m.): Come early for pre-performance food live music and sword play. Bring thine own rug or chair for comfort. Gasworks Plaza offers two hours’ free parking, but organisers recommend catching public transport if possible. The CityGlider bus service (route 60) conveniently stops on Skyring Terrace in front of the Gasometer. At 4.00 p.m. FREE entertainment includes RENAISSANCE HARP, 4.45 p.m. SWORDPLAY, and at 5.30 p.m. HAMLET.

For children, there will be KIDS’ CLASSIC SHAKESPEARE, recommended for kids aged 3 to 12 years, at the New Farm Library on Saturday, 12 October from 10.30 a.m. and the Sandgate Library on Saturday, 19 October 2019 from 10.30 a.m. Children will love aking part in this interactive story presented by Nadine Kelly and Maxine Mellor from Core Creative Education. Get thee hence and join fellow enthusiasts at the cauldron to explore the creepy world of Shakespeare’s wicked witches from the famous play, Macbeth.

 

The Event: TWO GREAT POLITICAL SATIRES – BEHIND THE LINES: THE YEAR’S BEST POLITICAL CARTOONS 2018 AND SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS: 100 YEARS OF QUEENSLAND POLITICAL CARTOONS.

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 27 October 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Venue: SLQ Gallery, State Library of Queensland (SLQ), Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank, Brisbane.

Cost: FREE to attend, and no bookings are required.

What’s happening: Venture down the rabbit hole and see the lighter side of politics at the free political cartoon exhibition, BEHIND THE LINES: THE YEAR’S BEST POLITICAL CARTOONS 2018. Behind the Lines is a travelling exhibition developed by Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, proudly supported by the National Collection Institutions Touring and Outreach program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Featuring over 80 cartoons by 30 of Australia’s best political cartoonists, the exhibition includes works by leading political cartoonists Mark Knight, Alan Moir, Cathy Wilcox, John Shakespeare, Judy Horacek and 2018 Political Cartoonist of the Year, Matt Golding. See a selection of Matt’s work including his cartoon of Alice peering into a Wonderland with some familiar political faces.

Can’t get enough? Explore some of Queensland’s key political moments in a series of political cartoons and objects from the State Library of Queensland collection in SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS: 100 YEARS OF QUEENSLAND POLITICAL CARTOONS, which is on display with Behind the Lines. As any Queenslander knows, this state has never been short of political jokes.

Drop in and join a curator's tour. Curator Joan Bruce will lead you on a highlights tour of key topics and cartoons from both Behind the Lines and Swings and Roundabouts. It’s FREE but you need to book for Wednesday, 23 October 2019 at Curator's tour. The tour is from 11.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. (30 min). You can also stop by the Library Shop to grab your Behind the Lines and Swings and Roundabouts souvenir, or shop online anytime.

Additional in-gallery activities include a competitive fanciful political card game, or you can try your hand at sketching your self-portrait utilising a life-size distorted mirror. Bring along your family and friends to debate, sketch and play. For more about these activities, visit the website at https://slq.qld.gov.au.

 

The Event: TRICK OR TREAT LITTLE STANLEY STREET – SOUTH BANK

Date and time: Friday, 25 October and Saturday, 26 October 2019 from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Venue: Little Stanley Street, South Bank.  

Ticket price: FREE to attend but registration is required for this event. To register, go to Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/eat-south-bank-27382556477P.S. While you register for free, organisers suggest that you book your seat for dinner too! Browse South Bank’s restaurants here.

What’s happening: CALLING ALL MONSTERS, GOBLINS AND GHOULS! The spooktacular celebration of all things scary is back, as South Bank’s Little Stanley Street comes alive with traditional HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES where family and friends can come together to eat, trick and treat!

At TRICK OR TREAT LITTLE STANLEY STREET, from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m., families will see the street lined with colourful Halloween characters creating a trail of trick or treat hotspots up and down South Bank’s restaurant strip, giving the chance for Halloween lovers to collect buckets of tasty goodies. Restaurants and staff will dress in their best Halloween costumes and have some seriously spooky tricks up their sleeves.

Visit SOUTH BANK’S PUMPKIN PATCH, where you will be able to snap an Insta-worthy moment and grab a free Trick or Treat bag. Plus, for just a gold coin donation, revellers can pick the perfect pumpkin as a take-home keepsake with proceeds being donated to Queensland Children’s Hospital.

 

The Event: GOOD FOOD AND WINE SHOW

Date and time: Friday, 25 October 2019 to Sunday, 27 October 2019 from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane.

Ticket price: See General Admission, See VIP tickets, See all Masterclasses

Concession tickets are available at the door with the relevant ID, $25 on Friday and $30 on Saturday & Sunday. Go to https://goodfoodshow.com.au/brisbane/tickets, , https://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/brisbane/whats-on/eat-and-drink/good-food-and-wine-show. Have a question? Head here for FAQs.

What’s happening: THE GOOD FOOD AND WINE SHOW is back for 2019, bringing hundreds of local, national and international exhibitors together under one roof for you to taste and sample your way around the show with plenty of features and entertainment to discover and enjoy. Buy a general admission ticket to the show and access all the free features the show has to offer, or treat yourself to a day of luxury with VIP tickets. Complete your day by adding an exclusive hands-on masterclass.

From Margaret River to the Barossa, McLaren Vale to Granite Belt, the Good Food and Wine Show, presented by Citi, is your ticket to explore the best in food and wine from across Australia. With over 500 wine varieties and more than 200 exhibitors, this year’s GFWS will take visitors on a sensory journey, with plenty to sip, sample and discover!

Enjoy a fantastic day out with friends, sampling the latest foods, wines and home products. Featuring celebrity chefs, inspiring masterclasses and hundreds of local and international exhibitors at each show, it’s the perfect day out for all food and wine lovers. Wander through the Good Food Village, and if you decide to shop, you can ship it all home with Australia Post. 

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BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE – Saturday, 12 October and Sunday, 13 October 2019. THE COMMISSARIAT STORE, 115 William Street, Brisbane City. 1829: Original building Architect William John Dumaresq; 1913: top floor added; 1981: refurbishment, 1999–2001 refurbishments, Cleary & Kennedy 2000 refurbishment. Saturday, 12 October only from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (last entry 3.45 p.m.). General access (self-guided), and children’s activities. There is wheelchair access. The Commissariat Store in William Street began its life as a storehouse for the Moreton Bay penal colony, and is one of Brisbane’s most significant buildings. Its first two floors were built by convicts in 1829. The displays it contains give visitors an insight into Brisbane’s convict beginnings. There is a concert on Sunday, 13 October at 2.30 p.m. featuring the Fragments Ensemble. Tickets are $22pp and may be booked via the website at www.queenslandhistory.org. Go to www.brisbaneopenhouse.com.au for more information about what’s on. (Photo by L.J. May)