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: 5 September 2013 to 27 January 2014
Where: Queensland Museum
Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul showcases some of the most remarkable archaeological finds in all of Central Asia and provides a glimpse into the world of the ancient Silk Road.
Featuring almost 230 priceless objects from between 2200 BC and AD 200, this exhibition showcases sculptures, jewellery and gold work of extraordinary beauty and significance.
"A nation stays alive when its culture stays alive"
The artefacts in this exhibition were once thought to have been lost forever: casualties of the warfare, looting and destruction that followed the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and the rise of the Taliban in 1996.
In reality, during those years of turmoil the director and curators of the National Museum in Kabul had — at great personal risk — secretly hidden masterpieces from the collection in vaults of the Central Bank in the Presidential Palace. In 2003, the vaults were opened to reveal that the treasures had survived intact.
Objects included in the exhibition are from four significant archaeological sites that reflect Afghanistan’s place at the heart of the ancient Silk Road. They are crafted from precious materials such as gold and turquoise and reflect influences from Egypt, India and Greece, among others.
Tickets are well priced, adult $21.50 and child $12.00 or a family ticket is $59.00.
The Queensland Museum is open daily from 9.30am - 5.00pm. Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day.
When: 29 December 2013 - 5 January 2014
Where: Queensland Tennis Centre, Tennyson, Brisbane
It's time to start planning for the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament this summer.
Roger Federer is heading to Brisbane! Excellent news for Brisbane and the Brisbane International Event, as well as the recent announcement that World No.2 Victoria Azarenka and Wimbledon 2013 finalist Sabine Lisicki will play.
For a serious fan of tennis, or sport in general, this is a don't miss this event.
The event will be held at the Queensland Tennis Centre on the 29th of December 2013 to the 5th of January 2014. Certain public transport routes offering free travel to and from the event to ticket holders (information available on the Brisbane International website).
Reserve your seats at the Brisbane International - Australian Open Series - series packages go on sale in October.
Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketek or call 1300 888 104.
Book your accommodation now at the Manor Apartment Hotel Brisbane. All rates include breakfast and apartments are spacious for couples and families staying for the entire tournament.
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: 2 November 2013 – 9 February 2014
Where: Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)
California Design 1930–65: Living in a Modern Way' is the first major study of California’s role in shaping international material culture, organised by Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). This exhibition reveals the iconic designs that emerged in mid-20th century California, from the innovative furniture of Charles and Ray Eames to the original Barbie doll and the classic symbol of the casual western lifestyle, Levi’s 501 Jeans.
Major innovations in materials and mass produced goods as well as the strong tradition of the Californian ‘designer-craftsman’ are conveyed through more than 250 objects encompassing furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and textiles, architecture, industrial design, and graphics.
10.00am — 5.00pm Monday to Friday
9.00am — 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday
9.00am — 5.00pm Public Holidays
Closed Christmas Day
Adult $15 | Season Adult $45
Concession/Group 10+ $12
Secondary Student $8
Children (12 years and under) FREE
Family (1–2 adults and children aged 13–17) $38
When: Open Until 27th January 2014
Where: Children's Art Centre,Park Level,Gallery Of Modern Art Brisbane
The Children’s Art Centre presents ‘Kangaroo Crew’, an interactive artist project created especially for children and families by Indigenous Australian artist Gordon Hookey, from the Waanyi people. The ‘Kangaroo Crew’ exhibition is based on ‘The Sacred Hill’, an insightful narrative developed by Gordon Hookey. Children are able to engage with the story through hands-on and multimedia interactives, and a story book published by the Children’s Art Centre, illustrated with more than 20 paintings by the artist. The art works produced for the publication are also on display in the exhibition.
Gordon Hookey is the fifth Australian artist to develop a major interactive exhibition for children since 2009, joining Australian artists Fiona Hall, Pip & Pop, Callum Morton and Anne Wallace, and the first Indigenous artist presented in the series.
The Kangaroo Crew opens to coincide with ‘My Country, I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia’.
When: April 15 to June 1 2014
Where: QPAC, Brisbane
THE KING AND I returns to Australia and opens in Brisbane's QPAC with the first lady of Australian musical theatre, Lisa McCune and international opera sensation Teddy Tahu Rhodes as the King of Siam.
Don’t miss this legendary production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's THE KING AND I. A triple crown award winner: The Tony, the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle for Best Musical Revival, this dazzling show is a lavish and triumphant fresh new look at a time-honoured classic.
Hailed as 'THE MOST RAVISHING SHOW YOU MAY EVER SEE ON BROADWAY' when it opened in 1996, this multi-award winning production of THE KING AND I was created in Australia and conquered Broadway and London before touring the US and the UK. It is a story of love and joy, set to one of the most glorious, unforgettable scores ever written, including Shall We Dance, I Whistle A Happy Tune, Hello Young Lovers, Getting To Know You, I Have Dreamed and Something Wonderful.
For decades, THE KING AND I captivated millions with its delightful story of Anna Leonowens, brought to the court of Siam as tutor to the King’s children.
This is a dazzling musical celebration, a sumptuous production with stunning scenery and magnificent costumes, definitely an event not to be missed.
Tickes are available to be purchased from the QPAC website so get in nice and early with your preferred dates as it promises to be popular. And while you are at it organise your accommodation in the Brisbane CBD with us at the Manor Apartment Hotel Brisbane and take advantage of staying in the heart of the city in your choice of our beautiful Studio, One or Two Bedroom Apartments suitable for all the family!
When: 17 - 21 April 2014
Where: St Laurences College South Brisbane
The Brisbane Nationals will be staged over the five days of Easter 2014 at St. Laurence's College in South Brisbane. The event will feature four on-stage events and a day of solo and ensemble competitions.
In addition, the Parade of Bands will bring together thousands of musicians in the heart of the city. It will provide the people of Brisbane an opportunity to see and hear skilful playing and tremendous precision marching.
Queensland Band Association President, Annette Ries, said "Brisbane has much to offer the thousands of musicians who will descend on our beautiful city over the Easter break in April. First class venues, stunning weather and champion bands from Australia, Japan and New Zealand will all make for a memorable and prestigious musical event!"
If you are looking for accommodation in Brisbane for the National Band Championships then visit the Manor Apartment Hotel for some great offers in one and two bedroom apartments - including a continental breakfast per person.
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: 1st - 8th - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) CONFERENCES 4 - 6 April, 2014 - Congress of the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE) SPORTS SHOWS and CONCERTS
2nd - Fleetwood Mac Concert - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
4th - Seekers Concert - Brisbane Convention Centre
7th - Taylor Swift Concert - Suncorp Stadium
7th - Stereosonic Music Festival - RNA Showgrounds
7th - UFC Fight Night - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
10th - Muse Concert - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
8th - 11th - Sheffield Shield Cricket - The Gabba
13th - Alicia Keys Concert - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
16th - 18th - Griffith University Graduation
17th - Jon Bon Jovi Concert - Suncorp Stadium
22nd - Brisbane Heat vs Perth Scorchers - The Gabba
23rd - The Wiggles - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
25th - Christmas Day - Public Holiday
26th - Boxing Day - Public Holiday
Future key event dates
18 - 21 April, 2014 - National Band Championships
29 -31 May, 2014 - Dietitians Association National Conference
14 - 17 July, 2014 - ICIM 2014
6 - 9 August, 2014 - Australian Woodworking Industry Suppliers Exhibition
10 - 14 August, 2014 - AILA World Congress
10 - 16 November, 2014 - G20 Summit
29 December, 2013 - 5 January, 2014 - Brisbane International Tennis
17 January, 2014 - Australia vs England Cricket - The Gabba
28 May, 2014 - State of Origin Game 1 - Suncorp Stadium
7 June, 2014 - Wallabies vs France - Suncorp Stadium
9 July, 2014 - State of Origin Final - Suncorp Stadium
18 October, 2014 - Bledisloe Cup - Suncorp Stadium
7 December, 2013 - Taylor Swift, Suncorp Stadium
13 December, 2013 - Alicia Keys - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
17 December, 2013 - Jon Bon Jovi - Suncorp Stadium
20 February, 2014 - Eminem - Suncorp Stadium
21 February, 2014 - Dolly Parton - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
26 February, 2014 - Bruce Springsteen - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
14 March, 2014 - Toby Keith - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
12 and 13 May, 2014 - Michael Buble - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
1st - 8th - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)
4 - 6 April, 2014 - Congress of the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE)
SHOWS and CONCERTS