Top 10 Brisbane Culture On this week 20/12/2020

There’s a little magic in all of us. And that will remain the case as long as you remember to top yourself up every ten minutes. Aim for a steady blood alcohol level of 0.15%.



5) Virtual Guided Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem 

21st December

What: As you celebrate the holiday season, it is time to explore the sites from where they all began! Join a virtual guide to explore the Holy City through each of its four quarters as well as the nearby city of Bethlehem. The expert guide will offer a modern tour of each quarter of the Old City: The Jewish Quarter, Christian Quarter, Muslim Quarter, and the Armenian Quarter. You will learn about the Western Wall of Solomon’s Temple, the Dome of the Rock, the Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Western Wall Temple (among others). You will learn about the Temple and see the site which the miracle of Chanukah occurred. Then, visit the ancient city of Bethlehem and see the sites relevant to Christmas, including the Church of the Nativity.

Why: You’re going to be pissed by 9am. Protect your children from your violent weeping with a coma-inducing guided tour.


4) The Hope of Advent in Handel’s ‘The Messiah’

22nd December

What: Join KUSC host Brian Lauritzen and choreographer Grete Gryzwana for an intimate journey through the profound spirituality and timeless splendour of Handel’s Messiah. Discover more about The Messiah’s inspiring history, music, and meanings, interspersed with this unique performance, prerecorded in January of 2016.

Why: Because there’s never a wrong time to celebrate a German.’s-‘The-Messiah’-(Brisbane)/3d8f6660-40ad-11eb-96b7-b132cf2a7536


3) Virtual Film Screening: The Missing Peace 

22nd December

What: Willie Moore Jr. brings you the first of many docu-films centred around adoption and foster awareness. Syndicated Radio Host, Inspirational speaker and best selling author Willie Moore Jr. was adopted at the tender age of three months old, never meeting anyone in his biological family. In 2020 after being rejected by his biological mother in 2009, Willie locates his entire biological family. Only to find out the whole rejection, hurt and the betrayal was all a misunderstanding. Willie discovered ‘The Missing Peace’ which was his biological family. Experience this unique exploration of the psychological repercussions of adoption in a virtual screening.

Why: This holiday season, adopt a child. It doesn’t matter whether you keep it or abandon it before next February, you’ll get a decent film out of it and potentially millions in royalties or defamation lawsuits.


2) Virtual Graffiti and Mural Tour of Los Angeles 

27th December

What: Experience a live-virtual-interactive guided tour of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District without leaving your home! Your live guide is on the streets, streaming his tour, as you relax and enjoy beautiful art and learn about urban art history and culture.

Why: As the year draws to a close, be reminded that the US isn’t just a dumpster fire. It has a couple of colourful murals and some dicks and balls drawn on the dumpster part.


1) Virtual Film Screening: Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

25th December

What: Set almost entirely in a Chinese restaurant, Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas is an offbeat, irreverent musical documentary that tells the story of a group of Jewish songwriters, including Irving Berlin, Mel Tormé, Jay Livingston, Ray Evans, Gloria Shayne Baker and Johnny Marks, who wrote the soundtrack to Christianity’s most musical holiday. It’s an amazing tale of immigrant outsiders who became irreplaceable players in pop culture’s mainstream – a generation of songwriters who found in Christmas the perfect holiday in which to imagine a better world, and for at least one day a year, make us believe in it. Experience a virtual screening of this exploration of Jewish cultural impact.

Why: Seinfeld: The Musical!



5) Carnival of the Animals

20th December

What: Carnival of the Animals whisks you away on a thrilling circus escapade inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns delightful salute to feathers, fur and fins, as this classical music suite comes to life for a whole new generation of circus, music and animal lovers.

Why: After experiencing 2020, see what a non-figurative circus is like.


4) A Christmas Carol 

22nd-24th December

What: This December, the award-winning stage spectacle – Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – returns to lift your spirits. Brimful of song, humour, love, and lashings of festive joy, A Christmas Carol is a magical, grand-in-scale production – perfect for the entire family.

Why: Hark back to a time in which it was narratively plausible that emotional blackmail could actually affect the 1%.


3) Christmas Wonderland

20th-22nd December

What: Everyone’s favourite Christmas Wonderland is back with spectacular lighting displays in a new COVID Safe Event format. Visitors can expect to see a wonderland of glittering lights, illuminated trees, animated displays, light tunnels and projections that will mesmerise and delight.

Why: To ensure a truly safe evening, make sure to keep your defences up and take every drug to which you have access. It’s just good planning. And extra sparkly.


2) The Enchanted Garden

20th-23rd, 27th & 30th December

What: Be transported to a world of wonderment, as Roma Street Parkland becomes illuminated with more than 40,000 fairy lights at The Enchanted Garden lighting display. From hanging crystal curtains to neon butterflies and laser gardens, the new lighting design treats visitors to an evening walk, unlike any other. Several premium food truck eats are available at Celebration Lawn, or you can head to The Garden Room Café.

Why: There’s nothing like puking up tacos in a fairy garden.


1) Factory Summer Festival

20th-31st December

What: After three huge years serving up summer on the West Coast, Factory Summer Festival is coming to the Brisbane Showgrounds! With an epic roster of the best Aussie talent and loads of activations, installations and bars to explore and enjoy, the Showgrounds will be transformed into the ultimate live performance fairground. The line up will feature: Anna Lunoe, Benson, Dirty South, Discovery Daft Punk Tribute, Elise Keddie, Example, Graace, Hayden James, Hermitude, Illy, Lucille Croft, Motez, Nina Las Vegas, Northeast Party House, Peking Duk [DJ Set]. The Presets, ShockOne, Stace Cadet, Triplettt, Vera Blue and What So Not.

Why: We’re not going to lie, we’ve heard of very few of these performers. But if the few we know of are an indication of the standard of quality… Brilliant! Bars plural!

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