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Happy New Year!

‘May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions.’ – Joey Adams. (Greeting Card Courtesy of LAXMI SHANKAR Pandey)

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Coming up - lots of events for January 2020. See below the quick list for further information and go to pages 1, 2, 4 and 5 for more events.   

  • British actor DAVID SUCHET has been performing on stage, screen and television for over 50 years, notably for most people, as Agatha Christie’s elegant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in the television series. Come behind the screen and curtain when David Suchet makes an eagerly awaited return to Brisbane in Poirot And More: A Retrospective, at the Concert Hall, QPAC, South Brisbane, on Friday, 31 January and Saturday, 1 February 2020.
  • In celebration of this year’s BRISASIA FESTIVAL, the Brisbane City Council will be projecting CHLOE BENNETT’s artwork SAKURA onto the William Jolly Bridge from Saturday, 1 February to Wednesday, 5 February, and Wednesday, 19 February to Sunday, 23 February 2020, from 5.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. nightly.
  • Celebrate LUNAR NEW YEAR in Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown Mall. Get involved in the festivities with lion and dragon dancers, fire shows, traditional music, cultural performances, interactive workshops and roving street performers, to welcome the YEAR OF THE RAT. Head for Fortitude Valley on Saturday, 1 February from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m., and Sunday, 2 February 2020 from 12.00 noon to 5.00 p.m.
  • THE NOOSA SUMMER SWIM FESTIVAL is a weekend festival offering a range of distances from junior events to the 5.0KM NOOSA GRAND PRIX as well as events and activities for the whole family. Join thousands of Queenslanders and special guests for a huge weekend of sun, surf and swims at Noosa Main Beach on the Sunshine Coast, on Saturday, 1 February and Sunday, 2 February 2020.
  • CIRQUE DU SOLEIL returns to Australia with its most acclaimed touring show, KURIOS: CABINET OF CURIOSITIES. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. This spectacular performance from Cirque Du Soleil is ON NOW under the Big Top, Northshore, Hamilton, and will run until Sunday, 23 February 2020.

 

The Event: DAVID SUCHET, POIROT AND MORE: A RETROSPECTIVE

Date and time: Friday, 31 January and Saturday, 1 February 2020.

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

Ticket price: Visit https://www.qpac.com.au/event/david_suchet_20/ to book online, or phone 136 246 from 9.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. AEST Monday to Saturday (closed public holidays). A transaction fee of $7.20 applies per transaction. Prices vary depending on the Reserve. Prices range from $89.90 to $239 for a tour program and a Meet and Greet with David Suchet following the performance (limited seats available).

Check the website for VIP Meet and Greet, Premium, A-Reserve, B-Reserve, and C-Reserve tickets. There are discounts available for pension and senior card holders, 15 years and under, full-time students (ID required), children and groups.

What’s happening: Take your seat for a once-in-a-lifetime event, as we go behind the screen and curtain with a legend. Actor DAVID SUCHET makes an eagerly awaited return to Brisbane in Poirot And More: A Retrospective. For over 25 years he captured millions of people worldwide as Agatha Christie’s elegant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, but in all he’s been performing for over 50 years.

But beyond Poirot, this Emmy Award-winning and multi-Olivier-nominated actor has been celebrated for his portrayal of iconic roles such as Lady Bracknell, Cardinal Benelli, Freud, and many more. Discover why David Suchet is renowned for not only becoming the role, but also taking on the personalities of some of television and theatre’s most fascinating characters.

 

The Event: SAKURA BY CHLOE BENNETT – A PROJECTION

Date and time: Saturday, 1 February to Wednesday, 5 February, and Wednesday, 19 February to Sunday, 23 February 2020, from 5.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. each night.

Venue: Projected nightly onto the William Jolly Bridge, Brisbane City.

Ticket price: FREE to view.

What’s happening: In celebration of this year’s BRISASIA FESTIVAL, the Brisbane City Council will be projecting CHLOE BENNETT’s artwork SAKURA onto the William Jolly Bridge from 5.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. nightly. Chloe Bennett (YEAH YEAH CHLOE) is an Asian/Australian artist based in Brisbane. She works with her signature clean lines and pop colours to produce bold images that bring inanimate objects to life.

The BRISASIA FESTIVAL kicks off in King George Square and the Queen Street Mall on Saturday, 8 February and Sunday, 9 February 2020 and will showcase contemporary and traditional Asian arts and cultural events, programs and initiatives. The festival provides professional and creative sector development for Brisbane-based creatives whose works reflect their strong interest in the Asia region. Look forward to celebrating Asian culture at the BrisAsia Festival from Saturday, 1 February to Saturday, 29 February 2020.

 

The Event: LUNAR NEW YEAR IN THE VALLEY

Date and time: Saturday, 1 February from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m., and Sunday, 2 February 2020 from 12.00 noon to 5.00 p.m.

Venue: Chinatown Mall, Duncan Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

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

What’s happening: Celebrate LUNAR NEW YEAR in Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown Mall. Get involved in the festivities with lion and dragon dancers, fire shows, traditional music, cultural performances, interactive workshops and roving street performers, to welcome the YEAR OF THE RAT.

 

The Event: THE NOOSA SUMMER SWIM FESTIVAL – INCLUDES NOOSA SUMMER SWIM | WORLD SERIES SWIMS

Date and time: Saturday, 1 February and Sunday, 2 February 2020.

Venue: Noosa Surf Lifesaving Club, Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Ticket price: See the website at http://worldseriesswims.com.au/noosa-summer-swim for what’s on where, and how much it costs. If you want to enter, go to http://worldseriesswims.com.au/noosa-summer-swim-enter.

What’s happening: THE NOOSA SUMMER SWIM is a bucket list event for any keen ocean swimmer, with a festival atmosphere that only Noosa Main Beach can deliver. In 2020, the weekend festival will again offer a range of distances for all abilities, from junior events to the 5.0km marathon, where seasoned swimmers can push their limits alongside current Olympic swimmers.

New in 2020 are small group experiences where you can attend masterclass clinics and private swims with VIP Hosts. Join World Series Swims Ambassador MICHAEL KLIM and special guests for a huge weekend of sun, surf and swims.

SATURDAY EVENTS: Junior Giants (300 metres and 1,000 metres), one kilometre, two kilometres and three kilometres, plus the OUTDOOR CINEMA – SATURDAY at 6.45 p.m. Location: Noosa Woods (far end of Hastings Street). What a way to finish your Saturday – kick back and enjoy a movie under the stars. NOTE: This is an alcohol free event.

SUNDAY EVENTS: Five kilometre Grand Prix, one and a half kilometre Social Swim. All World Series Swims will have some great prizes up for grabs and elite swimmers will also have the opportunity to compete for cash prizes in nominated events.

 

The Event: CIRQUE DE SOLEIL – KURIOS (CABINET OF CURIOSITIES)

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 23 February 2020.

Venue: Under the Big Top, Northshore, Hamilton, Brisbane. For other venues across Australia, go to https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios.

Ticket price: Various prices. To buy tickets for Brisbane, go to the website at https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/australia/brisbane/kurios/buy-tickets.

What’s happening: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL returns to Australia with its most acclaimed touring show, KURIOS: CABINET OF CURIOSITIES. Written and directed by Michel Laprise, Kurios is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible.

Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down.

There is a stunning, fast-paced and fluid contortion act, in which deep-sea creatures embodying electric eels come to life inside the Seeker’s cabinet. The wriggling artists execute a series of incredible pyramids and figures at an astonishing pace, using the Mechanical Hand as a platform.

Meet characters such as the shy, awkward handyman, NICO, and ROLA BOLA, a fearless aviator who makes a soft and graceful landing in his small propeller plane which he uses as a platform. MR MICROCOSMOS is the leader of the group and the embodiment of technological progress, running on his own steam and travelling in his own self-contained ecosystem. This imaginative steam punk circus performance will not disappoint. You might have to mortgage your house to see it though.

 

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WATCHWORDS HOME

‘We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.’ – Ellen Goodman. (Greeting Card Courtesy of 123NewYear.com)