If you're coming to Brisbane and you are looking for something new to do while you are here, why not plan a visit around one of these great events.
When: 7 - 28 September, 2013
This year's Brisbane Festival (7-28 September) will shine a light on local stories, talent and communities.
Watch this space for updates on shows and events as they are announced.
DIARY NOTE: Coinciding with school holidays, the iconic Sunsuper Riverfire will return to close the Festival on Saturday 28 September. Set to explode in front of hundreds of thousands of people and draw the attention of the entire city. Riverfire continues to wow crowds. If you haven't been, it's worth the visit. There are two sessions, 9.00pm for families with young children, and then again at midnight.
When: Saturday 8th and 22nd of June 2013
Where: Suncorp Stadium
The Lions (selected from the best players in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales) visit Australia only once every 12 years, and will reignite a rivalry that exploded in 2001 when the Wallabies won a thrilling and sold out series by two Tests to one.
The first Lions test in Brisbane on Saturday the 8th of June 2013 against the Queensland Reds will be a highlight of the series as the Queensland public continue their recent love affair with Australian Rugby ensuring that this game will be played in front of another record sell out crowd.
The Lions will have played five warm up games together against Australian regional and Super Rugby teams and will hope to hit the ground running while the Australian squad will be coming together for the first time after the 2013 Super Rugby season.
The second Lions Test in Brisbane on Saturday the 22 of June 2013 the Wallabies will be trying to make amends as they have failed to beat the Lions in eight previous attempts in Brisbane and in the corresponding match in 2001, played at the GABBA, Jason Robinson scored in the corner after only 3 minutes to set the Lions on their way against defending World Champions.
For ticket information visit Ticketek and for a great accommodation option book in the heart of the CBD at The Manor Apartment Hotel. It provides easy access to Central Train Station for transport to and from the games and is within close stumbling distance to many popular kick on bars such as the Pig and Whistle on Eagle Street!
When: 23rd of November 2013 until the 21st of April 2014
Spanning the ground floor galleries of GOMA, this exhibition presents major, large scale installations by one of the world’s leading contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Australia and is exclusive to Brisbane and runs from the 23rd of November 2013 until the 21st of April 2014.
A centrepiece of the exhibition is a dramatic new commission, Heritage 2013, which features 99 life-sized animals from around the world gathered together at a watering hole. Also featured is Head On 2006, with its stream of 99 life-sized wolves leaping through the air and crashing into a glass wall. Other new work in the exhibition is inspired by the artist’s experiences in Australia, drawing upon local landscape, history and culture. There will also be a special project devised by the artist for children.
Born in China and based in New York, Cai Guo-Qiang draws from Buddhist philosophy, Chinese history and mythology, and contemporary social issues to create spectacular installations and events of astonishing scale and beauty. His works reflect upon the globalised nature of our world, and appeal to broad audiences: he is best known for his awe-inspiring firework displays (featured at the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening and closing ceremonies) and a record-breaking solo retrospective exhibition at New York’s Guggenheim Museum.
Become a QAGOMA Member to receive a free exhibition ticket.
10.00am — 5.00pm Monday to Friday
9.00am — 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday
9.00am — 5.00pm Public Holidays
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
Stay at Brisbane's best located hotel; The Manor Apartment Hotel Brisbane and make the most of having Queen Street Mall on your doorstep and its close proximity to the river to get the CityCat to Southbank and to access the exhibition at GOMA!
When: 15th of June until the 22nd of September 2013
Where: Queensland Art Gallery
From the 15th of June until the 22nd of September 2013 the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane plays host to the 'Quilts 1700-1945' exhibition. Explore over 200 years of British quiltmaking where every stitch tells a story.
Quilts stimulate memories of warmth, comfort and security. They are familiar objects, yet carry a range of hidden histories and untold stories about textiles, women’s creativity and the lives of individuals and families. British quilts were often made for display as much as for use in the bedroom. Whether exchanged as commodities, made in professional workshops or created in the home, they became objects of immense family value, handed down through the generations.
‘Quilts 1700–1945’ comes from one of the world’s most important and loved collections of textiles and decorative arts — the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. This exhibition offers visitors an unprecedented opportunity to see over 50 quilted and/or patchworked bed covers, bed hangings and sewing accessories, created over two-and-a-half centuries.
Guided Tours: Explore the historical and social context behind the quilts on display with a 30-40 minute volunteer guided tour. Daily at 11.00am, 11.15am, 1.00pm and 1.15pm. Free with exhibition ticket. Meet your volunteer guide inside the exhibition entrance.
When: Wednesday 26th of June 2013
Where: Suncorp Stadium Brisbane
The Mighty Maroons Going For Eight Straight
Despite the Blues controversially claiming games 1 AND 3 on home turf for State of Origin in 2013 and firming as favourites to finally knock the Maroons from their stanglehold, Game 2 at the hallowed Suncorp Stadium Cauldron promises to be even more sacred for Maroons fans as they attempt to make it an eighth series clean sweep!Book your accommodation early so you don't miss out! BOOK NOW
Future of Origin
When: Thursday the 21st of November to Monday the 25th November 2013
The last time Australia hosted the Ashes in 2010/11 we saw England's first ashes win in Australia for 24 years-England claiming the series 3-1. This year is special as not only do England have the opportunity to retain the Ashes on home soil in July 2013, they also have the chance to retain them on Australian soil in November 2013!
The first ashes match between Australia and England will be played at the GABBA in Brisbane from Thursday the 21st to November to Monday the 25th of November 2013. Confidence will be high on both sides, with everything to play for. It was here last time that saw Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook's opening partnership of 188 in the second innings creating an English record at the Gabba.
Tickets are not yet on sale for the Ashes, but more information and updates visit the Cricket Australia website. Accomodation on the other hand is available and your first stop should be The Manor Apartment Hotel Brisbane. As Brisbane's ultimate mid city address, within close proximity to bus access to and from the GABBA use this as an opportunity to get in early and book a room at our beautiful heritage listed hotel today!
If you are planning a visit to Brisbane here is a list of some key events for the next few months. Why not book your accommodation with us and enjoy a night out:
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30th May - 9th June - Disney on Ice - Queensland Performing Arts Centre
1st - Reds vs Rebels - Suncorp Stadium
3rd - Broncos vs Warriors - Suncorp Stadium
5th - 11th - Caravan & Camping Show - RNA Showgrounds
7th - The Seekers - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
8th - British & Irish Lions vs Queensland Reds - Suncorp Stadium
10th - Queens Birthday - Public Holiday
11th & 12th - Jesus Christ Superstar - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
17th - Broncos vs West Tigers - Suncorp Stadium
18th - 20th - Qld Safety Show - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
21st - 22nd - Elmo's World Tour - QUT Gardens
22nd - British Lions - Suncorp Stadium
23rd - Lions vs Geelong - The Gabba
26th - State of Origin - Suncorp Stadium
24th - 28th - AoGS Annual Meeting - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
27th - 30th - Disney on Ice - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
QUEENSLAND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Monday 10 June, 2013 - Queens Birthday
Wednesday 14 August, 2013 - Ekka (Brisbane Show)
Monday 7 October, 2013 - Labour Day (Qld only)
24 - 28 June, 2013 - Annual Geosciences Society Meeting
4 - 7 July, 2013 - English Teachers National Conference
10 - 14 July, 2013 - World Congress Design & Health
10 - 14 July, 2013 - International Congress of Voice Teachers
14 - 17 July, 2013 - AIFST Convention
24 - 27 July, 2013 - Clean Energy Week
26 - 29 August, 2013 - DUG Australia
26 - 29 August, 2013 - International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Safety
11 - 13 November, SPE Unconventional Resources Congress
Saturday 8 June, 2013 - British & Irish Lions vs Qld Reds
Saturday 22 June, 2013 - British Lions vs Wallabies
Wednesday 26 June, 2013 - State of Origin
21 - 25 November, 2013 - The Ashes Test, England vs Australia