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Weekend watch: Our guide to the two best days of the week


From music and film festivals to Stanthorpe’s Apple and Grape Harvest Festival and visual arts exhibitions, InQueensland takes a look at what’s happening in local arts and culture this weekend and beyond.

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Sonic Masala Fest is returning to Greenslopes Bowls Club tomorrow for a huge day and night of live music and this year, all profits will be donated to WIRES, Neil Morris’s Fire Relief for First Nations Communities, and the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal Disaster Relief Fund.  The line-up includes the likes of Tape/Off, Gold Stars, The Double Happiness, Majestic Horses, Flangipanis, Melaleuca, Grieg, Minor Premiers, Relay Tapes and The Cutaways and all artists have donated their performance fees to the cause. The event is licensed and all ages – with free entry for kids under 14 – and dog-friendly.  Click here for tickets and a full line-up.


One of Queensland’s longest-running and most-loved events, The Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival, wraps up this weekend. One of the festival’s highlights is the Food and Wine Fest, which kicks off at Weerona Park today and wraps up on Sunday, and don’t miss the Grand Parade, which runs along High and Maryland Streets from 2pm tomorrow.


The Redland Bayside Blues Festival is back for a sixth year, with a huge line-up including Fat Picnic, Hussy Hicks, Cigany Weaver and Mojo Webb performing at Capalaba Regional Park on Saturday.  Presented by Redland City Council in conjunction with Rotary, this all-ages, family friendly event also features children’s entertainment, and there will be food and drink vendors on site.  Gates open at noon, with the music kicking off from 1:00pm, and entry price is a gold coin donation. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information:


The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is in Cairns tomorrow, and features a unique selection of films of varying lengths and styles covering topics such as the oceanic environment, marine creatures, ocean-related sports, coastal cultures and ocean lovers. The festival will screen more than two hours of the most inspirational, educational and entertaining films related to the ocean from independent filmmakers both international and Australian.  See films including A Corner of the Earth, Swimming With Gentle Giants and The Passage at Cairns Performing Arts Centre from 7:00pm. 


A group exhibition featuring the work of contemporary Aboriginal artists that takes a fresh look at 2020 and the 250th anniversary of the arrival of James Cook in Australia.  Curated by Shannon Brett, a descendant of southeast Queensland’s Wakka Wakka, Butchulla and Gurang Gurang peoples, the Rite of Passage exhibition features works from artists including Glennys Briggs, Megan Cope, Nici Cumpston, Karla Dickens, Julie Gough, Lola Greeno, Leah King-Smith, Jenna Lee, Carol McGregor, Mandy Quadrio, and Judy Watson. Rite of Passage aims to reframe the way Australia’s history is viewed.  The gallery opens at noon tomorrow, and entry is free.  Rite of Passage runs until May 10.

One of artist Jenna Lee’s pieces, Unbound Passage.


King George Square is hosting a Brisbane Record Fair tomorrow, and to celebrate, the Museum of Brisbane is also offering free entry to its High Rotation music exhibition. The Brisbane Record Fair gathers the best vinyl record sellers from around the country to sell, swap and chat about records, CDs and all things music. There will be 50,000+ rare and recycled vinyl records on sale fat King George Square from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Visitors can then pop upstairs to MoB on Level 3, City Hall to see the High Rotation exhibition and explore the last 30 years of Brisbane music. The MoB is open from 10:ooam – 5:00pm.


To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the start of one of the most radical decades for art and design, Bundaberg’s Hinkler Hall of Aviation is currently hosting a Twenties art and design exhibition. The exhibition features the works of contemporary artists and designers from the Wide Bay who continue to be inspired by the 1920s and charts the continuing influence of Art Deco, Dadaism and other key historical movements. Visit


Start your weekend the best way possible: reconnecting with nature and stretching out your body! From 8:00am tomorrow, join the free yoga at Karawatha Forest, and maybe even explore the Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre afterwards. It’s BYO yoga mat and no booking is necessary.

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