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From an outdoor sculpture exhibition and movies under the stars in Brisbane, live music on the Gold Coast, Christmas carols in the Lockyer Valley and a Christmas lights trail with a difference in Townsville, InQueensland takes a look at some of the best things happening in arts and culture across the state this weekend and beyond.

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NORTHSHORE EXPOSURE

This weekend is one of the last chances to see works by some of Queensland’s best sculptors, with Sculpture by the River 2020 wrapping up next weekend.

Sculptors Queensland, in partnership with Northshore Brisbane, are celebrating 200 years of the Brisbane River’s rich history with this exhibition, which showcases more than 70 pieces of local art at an outdoor exhibition along the Brisbane River.

Work from more than 34 artists from across the Sunshine State will be on display until Sunday December 6, including a piece by award-winning sculptor Phillip Piperides called The Boys. Piperides is renowned for his works in bronze, including the life-sized statue of Darren Lockyer at Suncorp Stadium

“It was significant for me to be part of the first sculptural exhibition at Northshore,” Piperides said. “Having a platform to showcase our work is invaluable to artists, especially at a well-known location with high- foot traffic such as Northshore.

Boys depicts the inquisitive, playful attitude of young children and he said it was important for children, in particular, to explore this curiosity.

“Access to free arts events such as Sculpture by the River provides a wonderful opportunity for families and the wider community to experience and enjoy the arts. I hope the event, inspires attendees to ignite and explore their creative curiosity in all that they choose to do.”

For more information, visit the Sculptors Queensland website.

SAHARA’S HOTA NIGHT

Sahara Beck.

One of Queensland’s most talented singer-songwriters, Sahara Beck, is performing at the Gold Coast’s Home of the Arts (HOTA) tomorrow night, ahead of her Bite Club collaboration with Briefs Factory International at The Tivoli next month.

Beck released her acclaimed EP Queen of Hearts – which features singles including ‘Here We Go Again’, ‘I Haven’t Done a Thing Today’ and ‘Don’t Overthink It’ – in 2019 and 2020 looked set to be her breakthrough year.

Like most musicians, her original tour plans were scuppered in March, but after wowing audiences with performances at Brisbane Festival at Queensland cabaret festival, she’s ending the year on a high.

Beck will be supported by rising Gold Coast musician Beckah Amani, whose music draws influence from soul, folk, pop and R’N’B.

Visit the HOTA website for more details.

LOCKYER VALLEY CHRISTMAS CAROLS

This year the Lockyer Valley Mayoral Christmas Carols will be held outdoors at Lake Apex Parklands, on the eastern side of the parklands. This is a community celebration of the festive season, with carol singing lead by Nathan Walmsley and his band, and the words will be on the big screen.

A good mix of traditional carols will be on offer, along with a special segment for kids.

There will be no food available to purchase on-site, so bring along a picnic dinner and snacks. There will be hot and cold drinks and ice cream be available to purchase. Bring your own camp chair or picnic rug, picnic food and glow sticks.

Follow the Facebook event for up to date information.

NORTHERN LIGHTS

(Photo: ABC)

This year, Townsville City Council has reworked its popular “Christmas in the City” event to ensure that the festive season can be celebrated in a COVID-safe environment.

For the next five weeks, the city will light up with the Northern Lights Trail, which kicks off tonight.

The Northern Lights Trail begins in Flinders Street and takes individuals on a walking tour of the CBD, showcasing magical light displays and features an augmented reality adventure.

To learn about the augmented reality (AR) street art murals and how to work them on your smartphone, and for the full list of locations, click here.

SHOOT FOR THE MOONLIGHT

Moonlight Cinema returns to Roma Street Parkland from tonight, with a screening of Dirty Dancing – which was programmed due to audience demand –  to launch the season.

Tomorrow night, family film Trolls World Tour is screening, and Marvel’s triple-Oscar-winning Black Panther will kick off superhero Sundays, with Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy to screen in coming weeks.

Brisbane’s Moonlight Cinema is located at The Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland and the season runs until February 21, 2021. Visit the website for the full program

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