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Aussie idols and art boats – highlights of Brisbane Festival’s 2022 program

The Weekend Edition

September is going to be a month to remember – because from September 2–24, Brisbane Festival is back, baby! The folks behind the annual city-wide extravaganza have just announced the entire jam-packed program for its 2022 edition and there’s a whole lot of singing, dancing and of course, fireworks! Read on to discover what you can get up to at this year’s Brisbane Festival …

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Strap in for a September that is sizzling to say the least, as Brisbane Festival 2022 features a whopping 580 performances! It all kicks off on September 2, when skilled songstress Jessica Mauboy serenades crowds with her dazzling voice at the opening-night concert.

Eager event-goers are invited to dine, wine and play at the BOQ Festival Gardens, which transforms South Bank Parklands into an inner-city wonderland of eats and entertainment. Prepare to be spellbound as South Bank Piazza is set to host a lively line-up of spectacles including late-night adults-only show The Purple Rabbit (September 15–24), all-ages circus spectacular Cirque O L I O (September 20–23), bold dance work Aftermath (September 7–9) and Brief Factory’s bedazzled production Sweatshop (September 2–4).

Now, it wouldn’t be a celebration of Brisbane without throwing some iconic musicians into the mix, and this year gig-goers can expect to catch The Whitlams take the stage on September 16 before Katie and Tyrone Noonan unite on September 17.

If it’s art that tickles your fancy, treat your peepers to new commissions, exhibitions and large-scale installations by internationally renowned artists like Luke Jerram, Jen Lewin, Lindy Lee, Michael Zavros, Atelier Sisu and William Kentridge as well as a major collaboration between Hiromi Tango and Dancenorth.

Talking of dance, you can expect to see a whole bounty of expert choreographers and companies get their groove on during the festival including Stephanie Lake, Joel Bray, Dancenorth, Australasian Dance Collective, Restless Dance Theatre, Phluxus2 and House of Alexander.

The crown jewel of Brisbane FestivalRiverfire by Australian Retirement Trust, will light up the sky once again on September 3. Other happenings making a much-anticipated comeback include smoking ceremony Jumoo on September 2, Brisbane’s Art Boat (September 2–24 – remember to book early for this one!) and Brisbane Serenades (September 9–24), which is transporting world-class musicians to the streets of Brisbane.

On the theatrical side, QPAC will welcome not one, but four mammoth premieres including coming-of-age tale Fourteen (August 27 to September 17), 80s video-game-inspired live-action production Queen’s City, Trojan War story Holding Achilles, and last but not least, The Call, a new opera with original music by Kate Miller-Heidke.

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