What's on: Brisbane
ONE BIG BIRTHDAY
ENJOY three days of celebrations at South Bank Parklands, South Brisbane from May 3 to 5 to mark the birthday of Gautama Buddha. Entry is free to the Buddha Birth Day Festival where you will find.
More information at buddhabirthdayfestival.com.au
WATCH as 35 murals are painted across Brisbane city and surrounding suburbs by some of the best local, national and international street artists for the Brisbane Street Art Festival (BSAF), May 4-19. The 16-day annual public art event is designed to ignite artistic potential, showcase emerging talent and contribute to the vibrant, diverse arts and cultural experiences Brisbane has to offer. Workshops run throughout the festival where you can try your hand at screenprinting, typography and aerosol skills.
Go to bsafest.com.au.
GET ready to be surprised Brisbane, because there is going to be theatre in carparks, comedy in laneways, opera in reservoirs, dance in stairwells and quirky workshops exploring arts and craft from cooking to jewellery happening from May 9-26. Expect more than 500 performances in nooks, crannies and places you least expect.
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IT'S GOOD TO BE BAD
ALL eyes will be on Brisbane with the inaugural Brisbane Art Design Festival (BAD) 2019, presented by Museum of Brisbane from May 10-26. Featuring more than 150 artists and designers in 25 locations across Brisbane, BAD is a celebration of visual art and design and is set to reveal the city's creative talent. It includes events for families, visitors and art lovers with exhibitions, open studios, art tours, workshops, talks and performances.
Go to museumofbrisbane.com.au.
COUNTRY IN THE CITY
THE Brookfield Show returns to Brookfield Showground from May 17-19 for three days of agricultural festivities. Expect equestrian events, arts and crafts and a rodeo. It's just like the Ekka only a whole lot smaller with art, photography, baking and woodwork competitions. Tickets are $10 for children and pensioners and $20 for adults.
For the program, go to brookfield showground.com.au.
A TRIBUTE TO ALL THINGS GREEK
ROMIOSINI And Beyond celebrates Mikis Theodorakis, the most celebrated orchestral and choral composer in Greek history, in the grandeur of QPAC's Concert Hall on May 22. Sydney concertmaster Dimitris Calligeros, international vocal soloist Dimitris Basis and internationally acclaimed orchestra conductor, composer, arranger, musical director and conductor for the Athens Olympics George Ellis will lead the four-piece Greek band and 40-piece orchestra.
The renowned Greek instrument the bouzouki will feature in the second half of the concert.
For tickets, go to qpac.com.au.
THE Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir is delighted to bring you Mendelssohn's magnificent oratorio Elijah, in collaboration with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, renowned choral conductor Andrew Wailes and soloists Daniel Smerdon, Elisabeth Wallis Gaedtke, Anne Fulton and Phillip Prendergast.
This choral and orchestral masterwork depicts events in the life of the Biblical prophet Elijah and is considered one of the greatest choral works still being performed the world over. On Sunday, May 19, at 1pm, St John's Cathedral, Brisbane.
Tickets range from $20-$39. Go to trybooking.com or email email@example.com.
CIRCA Contemporary Circus and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra combine in English Baroque, a tumbling commotion of music and acrobats at QPAC on May 21.
This collaboration is the third in the popular Helpmann Award-winning partnership following French Baroque (2015) and Spanish Baroque (2017).
Accompanying the acrobatic choreography, the ABO ensemble will play a medley of 16th and 17th century English baroque, including works by Purcell, Dowland, Corelli and Handel, and traditional songs Scarborough Fair and The Gartan Mother's Lullaby. Go to qpac.com.au.
EAT LOCAL WEEK STARTS EARLY
WHILE the official Scenic Rim Eat Local Week runs from June 29 to July 7, the festival has a few teaser events, including a Farm Tour and Long Lunch @ Tommerup's Dairy on Saturday, May 25, in the lead-up.
Picture spectacular views of open fields, breath-taking mountain scenery in the Lost World Valley and a stunning avenue of old Blue Gums and the scene is set for a fabulous long lunch and farm tour. This special collaboration between Wild Canary Bistro and Tommerup's Dairy Farm will be held just over an hour's drive from Brisbane and hosted by fifth generation farmers Kay and Dave Tommerup and Scenic Rim Regional Food Ambassador Glen Barratt. A highlight of this lunch includes Tommerup's ethically raised grass-fed veal and heritage breed free range pork, raised on creamy Jersey milk, fresh from the dairy.
See all the events at eatlocalweek.com.au