If you are lucky you might see an elusive Dugong on the Bribie Island Devonshire Tea cruise with Ferryman Cruises.
If you are lucky you might see an elusive Dugong on the Bribie Island Devonshire Tea cruise with Ferryman Cruises.

What's on: Brisbane


JOIN us for a night of Melanesian music and dance when WANTOK Musik performs on the weekend of Papua New Guinea's (PNG) Independence. There will be a fabulous line-up of contemporary and traditional Melanesian musicians including George Telek (PNG), Charles Maimarosia (Solomon Islands) and Tio (Vanuatu), plus a number of other musicians from PNG and West Papua. They will be joined by local musicians and artists from Quandamooka Country for an amazing night of Indigenous music, dance and culture. September 17 at 6.30 pm to 8.30pm at Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2 - 16 Middle St Cleveland. Cost $30. Tickets available in person at RPAC Box Office, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland call 38298131 (a $4.10 booking fee per transaction applies) online 24/7 using the www.rpac.com.au (a $5 booking fee per transaction applies).


MAKE a day of it and go to the 2017 Laidley Spring Festival Expo and visit the Laidley Quilt and Craft Expo which will have displays of Quilts, Craft, Patchwork, Stitch work, Needlework and Fine Arts as well as demonstrations of various crafts . Other displays will include vintage trucks, tractors, cars and engines. Refreshments are available all day in the Courtyard Café. Quilt and Craft Expo venue us the Uniting Church Complex at 45 Patrick Street Laidley in the Lockyer Valley. Opening hours are 9am to 4pm Thursday and Friday, 9am to 3pm Saturday. Details Liz Vickery call 54654772 or 0423763107. Entry Adults $5, Children 50cents. A lunch package for groups and bus tours is available for $15 per person. Further catering enquiries or to book a table please contact Melinda Brimblecombe call 54654151 or 0448654151. Visit http://www.luvyalockyer. com.au/events for more information.


EXPLORE themes of transition and transformation at Redland Art Gallery, with Ash and Bone: Lucy Quinn and Papillon: Kim Schoenberger showing concurrently at RAG, Cleveland until Sunday October 8. Ash and Bone is an exhibition of lead crystal sculpture and works on paper by Brisbane-based artist Lucy Quinn. From Schoenberger's acclaimed work comes the exciting display of Papillon, featuring a sea of butterflies suspended from the ceiling of the gallery counterpointed by a specimen wall in the adjoining room where hundreds of butterflies printed with abstract imagery are pinned for closer observation. For more information visit: http://artgallery.redland.qld.gov.au or call 38298484.


THERE will be a glorious display of our unique Australian native flowers at the Auditorium in Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. Native Plants Queensland members will welcome you on Saturday September 16 from 9am to 4pm and Sunday 17 from 9am to 3pm. Entry is $3 and you will find an amazing variety of flowers, and displays by NPQ Branches on the theme of Where the Wild Plants Grow! There will also be a huge native Plants Market with a wide range from favourites to rare, trees to ground covers. Prices are very reasonable and growers and members will give expert advice on plant selection and care. There will also be a Speaker's Corner for interesting information. Many other displays will feature special interests such as Fern and Grevillea Study Groups, Birds, Butterfly and Frog Societies and Botanical Artists. Brochures are available with lists and care advice, and books and light refreshments will be on sale. Come to this wonderful wildflower display and opportunity to buy native plants that are mostly not available in commercial nurseries.


IT'S SURE to be one hell of a hoedown! This rowdy raceday is back for another year so slip into your cowboy boots and get into the spirit of the outback - it's going to be non-stop entertainment for everyone with a mechanical bull ride, music and fun on Saturday September 16 at the Doomben Racecourse at 75 Hampden Street, Ascot, Brisbane. Don't forget, Country Music Raceday is all for a good cause! The Brisbane Racing Club is supporting the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service, by donating $5 from every General Admission ticket sold! So come along to the track and keep an eye out for the fundraisers! Gates open 10.30am, Functions open 11.30am. For more information, phone the BRC Sales & Events Team on 32682171 or email us at sales@brc.com.au.


THE Percolator Gallery in Paddington is showcasing an exhibition by talented local artists Jacki Archibald and Pip Reid this Spring. Entitled 'FLOW', this delightful art exhibition sees these two artists explore the landscape with creative and abstract insight using different mediums- encaustic-wax with mixed media painting on paper and board with acrylic and mixed media works on canvas and board. Free entry to view the exhibition at the Percolator Gallery, 134 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington from September 5 to 10 (10am - 4pm daily). Opening Night will be held on Friday, 8 September, 2017 (6-8pm). Further details call 33524560.


WHAT better way to discover Bribie Island then by its beautiful waterway known as the Pumicestone Passage that separates the mainland from paradise. Cruise Highlights are 2hrs cruising and exploring the smooth waters of the Pumicestone Passage, discover one of the truly remarkable wilderness areas in the world, Experience the breath taking views of the Glass House Mountains, Learn about Bribie Islands colourful history with the Skipper's commentary, Spot dolphins, dugongs, turtles and sea birds. Devonshire tea included. Prices PP Adult $31, Seniors $30, Child (3 to 17 years) $19, Infant (0-2 years) Free. For more information and other cruises go to http://www.ferryman.com.au or call 0408214980. Located at 41 Harbour Promenade, Banksia Beach, Bribie Island.


EACH year, from 9 September 9 to October 1, the Brisbane Festival explodes across the city with a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and major public events such as Sunsuper Riverfire. Go to http://www.brisbanefestival.com.au or call 38335400 for details.


THIS September 10 there will be a community fundraising and awareness event for Queensland people living with Parkinson's disease. An inclusive event, it welcomes people of all ages and physical abilities. This year, the Brisbane walk will be held in Albert Bishop Park at Nundah. Everyone is invited to join in and walk, run or cycle to raise funds for Parkinson's Queensland to continue its important work. Choose from 2km, 5km or 10km walks or runs. Or participate in the friendly cycling competition on the criterium track. Cost for the walk is Adult $35, Senior Concession Student $30, Child 5 to 15 years $20, Child under 5 years Free Futher information go to www.parkinsons-qld.org.au or call 32091588.


BRISBANE'S Ukulele Festival to be held at South Bank TAFE campus on 29 September to 1 October. International ukulele acts, virtuoso Kyas Ryo (Japan) and the Alaskan wild man Ukulele Russ will join homegrown artists Tyrone and Lesley, and The Pockets as the headliners for 2017. Returning is special guest and festival favourite Canadian ukulele bluesman Manitoba Hal. All the headline acts will perform at the opening concert "Spruketacular" on Friday night and continue to inspire and educate festival goers at workshops and master classes over the weekend. Uke artists and performing groups from all around Australia will round out the festival program of concerts, jams and open mics all weekend. Details go https://www.spruke.net.au for ticket prices and to book.

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