Top 10 things On in Brisbane this week 08/03/2020
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10) Women’s Adventure Film Tour (Encore Screening)
What: This film tour is a collection of award-winning short films celebrating the inspiring women around us who are doing extraordinary things in the name of adventure. This year’s playlist features an all-star cast of Australian athletes including four-time World Champion cliff diver Rhiannan Iffland, climber Angie Scarth-Johnson, trail runner Jacqui Bell and many more including women in snow sports, mountaineering and mountain biking.
Why: Experiencing inadequacy is rarely so dually consumable and boring.
9) Ocean Film Festival
11th & 12th March
What: Each year the Ocean Film Festival World Tour will screen over 2 hours of the most inspirational, educational and entertaining films related to the ocean from independent filmmakers both international and Australian. The tour kicks off in March before travelling around Australia before heading around the globe. The Ocean Film Festival World Tour includes a unique selection of films of varying lengths and styles covering topics such as the oceanic environment, marine creatures, ocean-related sports, coastal cultures and ocean lovers.
Why: Sure to be a worthy memory in ten years when the oceans are a hot chemical stew of sick toxic mutants.
8) Brisbane Food and Wine Festival
What: A weekend-long Village will bring together Noosa’s latest and greatest restaurants, your favourite drinks, world-class chefs, artisan producers, interactive masterclasses and intimate sessions for this wonderful Autumn food and wine festival. Your Festival Village ticket grants you access to all of this plus cooking and chefs skill demonstrations, DJs and live music and a complimentary festival glass filled with Dal Zotto Prosecco on arrival.
Why: There’s no better way to be a more worldly person than by cramming your mouth-hole full of food and getting tanked.
7) Salvador Dali: In Search Of Immortality (Screening)
What: A fascinating journey through the life and work of Salvador Dalí, and also of Gala, his muse and collaborator. It starts in 1929, a crucial year in Dalí’s career and life, as he joined the surrealist group and met Gala, and advances until the year of the artist’s death in 1989. Contemplating Salvador Dalí himself, Gala, a tour of his creations, family approaches and distancing, all through images and documents, some of them unpublished, brings us closer to a painter who has managed to create a character that is a work of art itself and who once said “Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing”. With this documentary we can go beyond the character and approach the painter and the man, and the spaces conceived by him that have helped to shape his immortality, the immortality of a genius.
Why: Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.
6) St Patrick’s Day Parade
What: Come and celebrate everything Irish at the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Brisbane. There will be fun for the whole family with over 700 participants and 40 floats right in the centre of Brisbane City. The parade will take the same route as 2019, starting and ending outside the Botanic Gardens on the corner of Alice and Albert Street. Celebrate into the day and after the parade in the wonderful Botanic Gardens with live music from Munster Bucks and tasty food from the 30 stalls offering food, drinks and crafts, so the craic is to be had before and after the parade!
Why: It doesn’t matter where you’re from or who you are, St Patrick’s Day is the one day a year we can all raise our glasses and unite as one against the sober and the Protestants.
5) Rabbits Eat Lettuce 2020 Brisbane Launch Party
What: Get warmed up for Brisbane’s favourite event of the year, a day of bass and booty shaking while sun baking. Glorious tech, house, glitch hop and funk massage the mind while the scrumptious Void sound system caresses the ears in. Featuring Chamberlain, Rainbird, Mood Swing & Chevy Bass, Somersault, Robina and many more.
Why: We’re still not quite sure why this festival is named what it is. We’re assuming it has something to do with EDM similarly being an unstoppable, sexually-charged, ever-replicating, overwhelming, destructive force of rabid, widely-appealing thumping noises.
4) Brisbane Comedy Festival
What: Australia’s fastest growing comedy festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival has grown into a multi-venue extravaganza, bursting at the seams to host a hand-picked selection of the funniest folk in the country. It’s year 11 for the Brisbane Comedy Festival, featuring a bumper line-up of 85 acts playing in 14 performance spaces across 5 venues. The month-long fun and frivolity begins with the Opening Gala. The festival will of course shine a spotlight on top Queensland talent including Mel Buttle, Steph Tisdell, Becky Lucas and Matt Okine, local collectives Act/React, Brisburned, and Politics In The Pub as well as Agro with Jamie Dunn. National heavyweights Dave Hughes, Peter Helliar, Fiona O’Loughlin, Nazeem Hussain and Frank Woodley will be along for the ride, as will international acts such as Stephen K Amos, Jonathan Pie, and Jimeoin. Queerstories and Livewired return in 2020 as well.
Why: We’ve been laughing at death since the war went cold. It’s time for a change in stimuli.
What: Brewsvegas is a grassroots festival, grown from conversations between early good-beer-folks about how to support and celebrate the burgeoning Brisbane beer scene. The Brewsvegas community is welcoming in the new decade with a 2020 program of events happening across some of the city’s most favoured pit-stops to fuel up on beer, food and fun, including the likes of The Catchment Brewing Co., Fritzenburger, Alfie’s: Craft House, Newstead Brewing Co, Soapbox Beer, Fonzie Abbot, Tippler’s Tap, Sea Legs Brewing Co, Archive Beer Boutique, Netherworld, Mongrel, Brewski Bar, The Foundry, Blute’s Bar, plus many, many more. There will be everything from golf tournaments and food pairings to backyard barbecues, beer trails, pet nat painting parties and 70s-themed shandy soirees.
Why: Nothing could evoke the unique, incomparable flavour of Brisbane better than an event called ‘Brewsvegas’.
2) Big Gay Day
What: Big Gay Day is marking its 20th anniversary with a stellar line up of International and local acts, headlined by former Spice Girl Mel C and her band of drag performers, Sink the Pink. Electric Fields, Cry Club and The Regime plus local legends Being Jane Lane and a host of fabulous DJs and drag performers will fill out the diverse line up. The major event will be raising funds for 6 local LGBTQIA+ organisations – Queensland Aids Council, Brisbane Pride, The Australian Transgender Support Association of Queensland, Open Doors Youth Service, Diverse Voices and LGBTI Legal Service. The Wickham Hotel will be transforming Alden St into an explosion of colour, glitter and rainbow love with the street lined with pop up bars, games and activities and food trucks. The venue will also be opening all floors of the venue, with 3 spaces of the hotel filled with entertainers and festival fun.
Why: Mel C is still alive. Who knew?
What: BeerFest Australia will take festival-goers on a journey of beer and food discovery; exploring rare brews, beer/food pairing and exclusive festival brews, ciders, cocktails and boutique spirits from around the Country, direct from the brewers themselves. The festival will feature over 300 unique, exotic and small batch craft beers, ciders, cocktails and wines, hand crafted and perfectly complemented by the most decadent local street eats. BeerFest Australia continues to delivers a huge line-up of live entertainment with Australian electronic dance group Art vs Science headlining all seven festivals across Australia.
Why: When debilitating addiction meets folksy connoisseurship. (Around the time when the word ‘brew’ is first used.)