The Brisbane Festival is happening this September. But it is never too early to book your flights and prepare for all the fun.

Unlike the Melbourne or Sydney annual arts events, the Brisbane event doesn’t get that much love. The first festival was in 1996, and only became an annual festival in 2009.

This year, organisers are preparing for the best show yet. As the Brisbane Festival is set for three separate events or as they call it, ‘acts’.

The first act is scheduled for September 8-16 and will focus on exploring home, memory, and gender. The second act will be from September 17-23 will be about pitting the individual against the forces of nature and society, and finally, act three will be from September 24-29, and it will have a bold and celebratory vibe.

Aside from the promise of a good time, what other reason is there to come and enjoy the event? Here are a few reasons why you should look to make arrangements for the Brisbane Festival months in advance:

Laser and light show

If you enjoy an excellent fireworks display, then you are going to love Riverfire. Riverfire is a fireworks display that will happen down the Brisbane River during the event. This year, the organisers are looking to outdo themselves as they spice things up a bit by turning the simple fireworks display a ten-minute light, water and laser show called River of Light – The Story of Maiwar.

It’s an Aboriginal story revolving around a serpent that wove the river or Maiwar as it goes through the middle of the city. You can catch it and the rest of the acts every day at the following times: 

  • 6:30 pm
  • 8:00 pm
  • 9:30 pm

An entire stage conjured

Geoff Sobelle will perform on stage. His new show, called Home, will feature Geoff and other performers start off with a blank stage and end with a built home complete with a house party.

Enjoy the tricks and the effort these actors put together for this show that you have to see to believe. The show itself is a 90-minute performance, every minute of which will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Boundary-pushing performance

There’s just something exciting about seeing boundary-pushing performances that just gets our hearts pumping. Enjoy the performance of the Melbourne-based drag cabaret Yummy, UK theatre-maker Rachel Mars’ Our Carnal Hearts and Love and Anger.

You can catch these shows and more at the La Boite theatre in September. Tickets will be available at a later date.

Australia’s most acclaimed circus troupe to have the world premiere

Circa is a Brisbane-based circus troupe. They hit it big in the international festival circuit thanks to their circus art.

During the festival, they will premiere their new show named En Masse. The show takes place in two acts. The first is set to Schubert’s Winterreise, while the second one is set to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.

It’s a great way to see for yourself a world class act that not everyone will get to see, and it will also be a nice dose of culture for those looking for it.

These are just some of the events you can look forward to when you take time off to enjoy the Brisbane Festival. So, to reserve rooms and more, it’s best to do everything in advance.

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to book an online car hire service in Brisbane to make sure you can get to the venue on time without any trouble.