Brisbane Festival is back

A month-long celebration of art, music and entertainment.

Brisbane is alive with art, music and joy, world premieres and a wealth of world-class talent during the Brisbane Festival.

The festival, which runs until 25 September, encompasses performances and installations from 63 Queensland companies and employees more than 1000 local artists, including 168 First Nations artists.

Brisbane Festival Artistic Director Louise Bezzina said Brisbane Festival was an important celebration for the city’s artists and creatives.

“The past 18 months have been incredibly challenging for artists, performers and arts workers so we are delighted to have the opportunity to include more talented local creatives in our program this year,” Ms Bezzina said.

“I am thrilled to see audiences embrace our Brightly Brisbane program.”

Highlights of the festival include the inaugural Brisbane’s Art Boat, a floating art experience featuring kinetic, inflatable installations form art studio Eness, live music and soundscape from Yuggera and Turrbal man Shannon Ruska. The repurposed barge travels between Northshore and South Bank each Thursday-Sunday. 

Stop in at Imaginaria, an all-ages light and sound playground featuring a giant inflatable bubble, futuristic light maze, interactive AI and a giant slide. Created by a team of fashion designers, musicians, architects and circus stars, Imaginaria is sure to bring out your inner-child.

This year’s program features several free interactive installations that are sure to delight adults and children alike.

Brisbane Festival’s new entertainment hub, Festival Garden at South Bank welcomes the addition of two interactive light installations from award-winning Eness. 

Visitors of all ages will find joy on Eness’ I Believe swings on Riverside Green while Light Seesaws transforms another classic playground favourite on Little Stanley Street Lawn.  

The Festival’s standout 2020 hit, Street Serenades, returns for a second year with an epic line-up of artists performing in parks, cul-de-sacs, and public spaces across 190 suburbs of Brisbane throughout September. 

Kate Miller-Heidke and Katie Noonan and headline Street Serenades with Cheap Fakes, Emma Dean, Chris Tamwoy, Queensland Ballet, Camerata, The Little Red Company and world music artists Yoyo Tuki and Tibet2Timbuk2 added to the mix.  Find out when Street Serenades perform in a suburb near you.

Riverfire will close the festival on 25 September with spectacular pyrotechnics, a powerful Aboriginal smoking ceremony and the gravity-defying aerobatics of the Royal Australian Air Force Roulettes.