Your Ultimate Bris Fest Bucket List

September marks one thing in every self-respecting Brisbanite’s calendar. It’s when we get together, pay homage to our beautiful river city and paint the town a very bright shade of pink. That’s right, it’s Brisbane Festival! Here’s your go-to guide on everything you need to do, see, hear and – perhaps most importantly – eat!

Okay, so there are about a million and one amazing shows on offer as part of this year’s program, but these are our top picks:

River of Light
This art-meets-technology show will illuminate the night! The show features dynamic jets and giant spirals of water, full-colour lighting and rainbow-coloured lasers, to tell a traditional story of the dreaming serpent that wove the river into being and created the life blood of the city. This light and laser spectacular is a must-see free event which will be shown several times every night throughout Brisbane Festival.

House of Mirrors
Do our minds distort mirrors? Or do mirrors distort our minds? This grotesquely fascinating walk-through installation composed of 40 tonnes of steel and 15 tonnes of carefully arranged mirrors, geometry and pure optical illusion will have you twisting around corners you’ve probably already passed. The biggest challenge… getting out of there!

This is one unique immersive theatrical experience that you won’t be forgetting anytime soon. The spin-tingling performance is completed in pitch-black darkness within a 40-foot shipping container… scary if you ask us! Seance blurs the boundaries of perception and reality by combining sound technology and sensory deprivation.

Life -The Show
From the creators of sell-out festival sensations Blanc de Blanc and LIMBO comes a brand new show full of exhilaration, exaltation and the best kind of inflation. This is fun on a big scale!
Throw yourself into a joyful celebration of what it means to be human and let this cast of international prodigies and deviants lead you on an adventure of hedonistic theatrical anarchy.  There is only one rule – have fun!

In these troubled times, when the world feels on the edge of war, Alice Oswald’s Memorial stands as an urgent call to attention. To reflect on the potential horror of conflict. To avoid a tragedy. In this richly layered, epic theatrical experience, the legendary Helen Morse brings impassioned life to Oswald’s exquisite elegy for each of the 215 dead soldiers named in Homer’s Iliad. Golden Globe nominee Jocelyn Pook’s other-worldly score, performed by an extraordinary ensemble of international musicians, wraps around the work.

Sunsuper Riverfire
Ahhh…Riverfire – the ultimate cherry on top of the Brisbane Festival’s fantastic line-up!
Set to an almighty soundtrack of the year’s biggest songs and heart-pumping classics, this is one of the most technically challenging and electrifying fireworks displays in Australia.
Fired from multiple bridges, barges and city rooftops, spectators are also treated to aerobatics from the Australian Defence Force with displays by Super Hornets and helicopters. This is definitely one to mark down in your diary! (Pssst…click here to find out how to score the best seat in the house for Riverfire night!)

Why not make a night of it and pair your show with a #delish meal from one of South Bank’s restaurants?  Consult our Dining Guide here to find the perfect one for you.  After all, you can’t possibly enjoy a show on an empty stomach!

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