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: 6 - 25th March, 2014
Where: Palace Centro, New Farm & Palace Barracks, Petrie Terrace
6 - 25 March, 2014
Palace Centro Cinemas Brisbane
Founded in 1883 in Paris, the Alliance Française is an independent, local, not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to promoting the spread of French language and culture around the world.
Amongst a big network of 1040 Alliances Françaises in 136 countries and over 30 Alliances Françaises in Australia. Now in its 25th year the Alliance Française French Film Festival is set to rekindle its love affair with audiences when it returns in 2014 with 46 spectacular films.
Proudly presented by Citroen, the Festival, which is the biggest foreign film event in Australia, will enchant the most discerning cinephile with an eclectic selection of the finest movies to emerge from France over the last 12 months.
The Brisbane French Film Festival takes place at the Palace Cinemas in New Farm, as well as the Barracks in Petrie Terrace. The opening film will be shown at Palace Centro in New Farm, Thursday the 6th of March 2014 at 7pm and will feature the film 'The Finishers'. For programming information and to purchase tickets click here
When: 18 October 2014
Where: Suncorp Stadium
In 2014, the three-Test Bledisloe series will culminate at the Wallabies’ fortress, Suncorp Stadium, in Brisbane on Saturday 18th October.
The Wallabies will again be looking to recapture the mighty Bledisloe Cup trophy next year for the first time since 2002. The All Blacks current reign is the second longest in history, comparable only to the incredible streak established from 1951 to 1978.
The last time Australia hosted two of the three clashes, they lost 27-19 in Sydney but managed a 18-18 in Brisbane, while in 2010 the Wallabies came close again, losing a 23-22 nailbiter at ANZ Stadium.
The ARU CEO, Bill Pulver has shared his thoughts on this mouth watering event-
“It’s also very exciting to have two out of the three Bledisloe Cup games on our own home soil in 2014,”
“We’ll have the first Bledisloe and opening match of The Rugby Championship in Sydney in August as the pinnacle event of the Bledisloe Cup Festival.
“We’d love to think that by the time we meet the All Blacks in Brisbane in October, it will be one-all between Australia and New Zealand and we’ll take hold of the Bledisloe Cup again on our own turf.”
Details on ticket availability are yet to be announced so stay tuned but in the mean time why not BOOK your accommodation now at The Manor Apartment Hotel Brisbane. Perfectly situtaed in the heart of the Brisbane CBD and within very close walking distance to Central Train Station and regular services to Suncorp Stadium.
When: 25-23 March 2014
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
If you need a bit of laughter to brighten up your day, the Brisbane Comedy Festival in 2014 has 40 acts up to the task. With humour as their weapon, watch as they make you lower their guard and have you chortling and giggling at the end of their performances. The Brisbane Comedy Festival 2014 is held at the Brisbane Powerhouse between 25th of February and 23rd of March 2014.
Tickets range in price depending on the act. Headline acts range from the bizarre to quirky but they are all bound to be hilarious. From magic shows to Vikings to fresh emerging talent to an honest tale on suicide, see below for a sneak preview of what's in store for you:
Jenny Wynter: A Viking Tale-
If you like your comedians fierce with attitude, Jenny will entertain you and help you find your viking within. Held at the Turbine studio from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8.45pm, Jenny is the winner of the Award for Excellence in Carbaret Melbourne Fringe and the nominee for Victorian Green Room Award Cabaret Writing. If you fancy a bit of whimsical fun and are a fan of vikings, come along for the ride.
If you are not content to watching just one comedian, why not watch this act of four? These emerging talents are young and fresh, with offbeat content. Held at the Turbine Platform from Tuesdays to Sundays at 8.45pm, come along and watch the chemistry between up-and-comers with different personalities. From an Australian strawberry eating champion to a Queensland RAW Comedy Champion, a 2012 Class Clowns winner, a radio presenter and an act with a million YouTube views, this is a group to watch out for.
Simon Keck: Nob Happy Sock-
Simon Keck tackles a topic that is not really discussed but which affects a proportion of Australians – suicide. Refreshingly honest and confronting, he manages to deliver a serious topic with honesty and hilarity. The winner of the Golden Gibbo at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Outstanding Comedy at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Simon performs at the Gravity Room from Thursday to Saturday at 8pm.
All the above shows are held at the Brisbane Powerhouse 119 Lamington Street New Farm with free parking available. It is also a short 300m walk from the New Farm Park CityCat jetty.
For more info visit the Brisbane Powerhouse website and get your belly ready to laugh yourself silly at the Brisbane Comedy Festival 2014.
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: 18-25th April
As we wave goodbye to January and all thoughts of Christmas the smell of hot cross buns at your local supermarket or bakery is all too familiar as they like to remind or persuade us that Easter is edging closer!
In 2014 Good Friday falls on April the 18th and the following Friday the 25th is ANZAC Day.
At this stage there is limited information on Easter events taking place in the city and the specifics on the Dawn Service but as soon as these come to light this page will be updated.
The Manor Apartment Hotel Brisbane provides the perfect inner city accommodation option for you and the whole family to enjoy this egg-citing time of year and if you are planning on staying a week or more or are after a convenient option for the night of the 24th we are situated within minutes walk of ANZAC Square for the dawn service.
When: January 10th-March 30th 2014
Where: Gallery Of Modern Art Brisbane
Discover whimsical fantasy lands, enchanting stories of triumph and gritty tales of folklore at the Gallery of Modern Art's Australian Cinematheque Fairytales and Fables film program. This free event running from January the 10th to March the 30th 2014 will give movie goers cause to celebrate all of the things we love about both the traditional and contemporary fairytale and fable cinema experience. It will be a chance to revisit some of our most beloved childhood classics, but will also challenge our perception of the mass-market fairytale by delving deeper into the rich tradition and filmmaker interpretation of this storytelling genre.
The program for Fairytales and Fables will have something to suit all tastes. Cult classics such as Wolfgang Petersen's The Neverending Story (1984), Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride (1987) and Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands (1990) will be making a comeback.
Families have been well-catered for, particularly during the Summer school holidays, with G and PG rated warm and fuzzies including Wes Anderson's adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic Fantastic Mr Fox (2009), Victor Flemings visionary masterpiece The Wizard of Oz (1939) and an Aussie favourite Chris Noonan's Babe (1995). There is even a special school holiday session just for teens of Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are (2009). Please note that for this session only, bookings are required.
But the program is not just for kids; there are many adults only sessions in the schedule line up. The darker side of these stories is explored through films such as Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (1999) (loosely based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale The Twelve Dancing Princesses), the disturbing Hard Candy (2005) (drawing on ideas from Little Red Riding Hood), and Korean thriller Hansel and Gretel (2007).
Some of the special events happening during the film program include screenings of the earliest offerings from the genre such as the silent shadow puppetry animation film The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926). Live music will accompany this and other selected sessions.
Program curator Amanda Slack-Smith will be conducting a special interest talk on Saturday February 22, The Perilous Realm: Fairytales on Film. Here she will explore the origins of the darker side of the cinematic fairytale in terms of their oral and literary beginnings.
On Friday nights the gallery will be 'up late'. At these screenings the Audi GOMA Bar will be open from 5.30pm for drinks and light snacks.
For the full schedule of screenings and special events visit the GoMA website. As the Fairytales and Fables program is free, bookings and tickets are not required (with the exception of the previously mentioned teens only screening) so it is does pay to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
From popular, to comedic, to horrific, there is something to engage all audiences in this latest film offering from GoMA. Whether you wish to relive a childhood of classic fairytale magic, are intrigued to explore the interpretation of ancient tales or simply can't wait to find out what happened once upon a time, this film program is certainly not to be missed. The art of storytelling is extremely diverse and is often vividly told when presented on screen. And let's face it - who doesn't love a good story?
GOMA is easily accessible via the CityCat ferry from the Eagle Street Pier stop and then a 5 minute stroll from South Bank. Our friendly staff here at The Manor Apartment Hotel Brisbane will be more than happy to give you directions if required!
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: 21 February-1 March 2014
Where: Lyric Theatre, QPAC
The Lyric Theatre at QPAC plays host to 'An opulent tale of love vs money' from the 21st of February 2014 to 1st March 2014.
Manon is a rare thing - at once a ravishing feast for the senses, and the utterly compelling story of a young girl who forsakes true love for wealth.
A naive girl on her way to a convent, Manon dreams of the city. Des Grieux, a young student, is instantly smitten by her, and they run away together. But once in Paris, Manon quickly succumbs to the lure of luxury, and her course is set for both tragedy and redemption.
Sir Kenneth MacMillan's sweeping vision of decadent 18th century Paris, richly costumed and lusciously orchestrated, is brought to life by the breathtaking artistry of The Australian Ballet's renowned company of dancers.
Get ready to be seduced. "Brilliant" Sunday Herald Sun
"One of the great story ballets" Dance Australia
"Exhilarating and deeply satisfying" The Sunday Telegraph
"Succumb to temptation and see this stellar work" Daily Telegraph
Genre: Full-length story ballet
Choreography Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Guest Repetiteur Patricia Ruanne
Music Jules Massenet
Arranged and orchestrated by Martin Yates
Costume and set design Peter Farmer
Original lighting design William Akers
Reproduced by Francis Croese
with Queensland Symphony Orchestra
McAllister in conversation: Like to learn more about The Australian Ballet’s 2014 Brisbane season? Then don’t miss Artistic Director David McAllister in McAllister in conversation on Saturday 22 February at 5pm. Free Post-performance Q&A Stay in the theatre at the conclusion of the performance of Manon on Friday 28 February to ask The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David McAllister and the panel of artistic staff and dancers your questions.
Tickets can be booked directly through the QPAC website. We would love to welcome you to stay in the heart of the city at our beautiful, heritage listed property. So treat you nearest and dearest to a special belated Valentines Day weekend away to remember!
When: 28 May and 9 July 2014
Where: Suncorp Stadium
For the first time since 2011, two games will be held in Queensland for the 2014 State of Origin Series. Game I will be played in Brisbane on Wednesday May 28 2014, Game II in Sydney on June 18, before the series returns to Brisbane for Game III on July 9.
Ticketing information will be realesed in March, however with Queensland celebrating 100 Origin Games in the State in Game 1 get in early as securing tickets will be like pulling hens teeth! It is suggested that you get Maroon Membership as it is the only way to guarantee your ticket to an Origin match in Brisbane!
If you are planning on attending either one or hopefully BOTH games then be sure to BOOK your accommodation nice and early also. The Manor Apartment Hotel Brisbane offers the perfect inner city option with spacious and comfortable rooms and has a location that will be the envy of all your friends. Situated in the heart of Queen Street, opposite Post Office Square and only a 5 minute walk to Central Train Station for services to Suncorp Stadium taking all the hassle out of driving at a time when you will be no doubt celebrating another series WIN!
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: CONFERENCES 4 - 6 April, 2014 - Congress of the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE) SPORTS SHOWS and CONCERTS
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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
4 - 6 April, 2014 - Congress of the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE)
SHOWS and CONCERTS