Brisbane Festival is bringing a huge program of live music and arts to the city this month
03.09.2021

Brisbane Festival is bringing a huge program of live music and arts to the city this month

Words by Kate Streader

The mammoth 2021 festival launches this weekend. 

Brisbane Festival kicks off this weekend, filling the city with art, music and more across three massive weeks. 

Featuring 43 Queensland companies and more than 1,000 local artists, the program boasts 17 commissioned works and 16 world premieres, with a total of 139 productions to be held across 220 locations. 

What you need to know 

  • Brisbane Festival is happening from September 3 – September 25
  • Tickets are on sale now
  • The festival will encompass 220 locations across Brisbane including cultural venues, spaces and streets

Taking over Brisbane’s most beloved theatres and venues, as well as popping up in streets and unconventional spaces, the festival is a celebration of the Queensland capital city.  

The program’s live music component features performances from an eclectic spread of acts, including Kate Miller Heidke, WAAX, Jaguar Jonze, Sheppard, Katie Noonan, Hugh Sheridan, Restless Dream, Tyrone Noonan, Sean Sennett and many more. 

On the arts front, this year’s festival will host a huge range of productions such as a stage adaptation of Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallow’s Universe; Airship Orchestra, a large-scale, multi sensory installation comprising mesmerising inflatables, some as high as six metres; the Queensland premiere of Imaginaria, made up of light sculptures and architectural inflatables; and much more. 

Closing out the festival on Saturday September 25 at Southbank Piazza is Massaoke Oz, a huge singalong celebration bursting with spandex, glitter and classic tracks from the ‘70s, ’80s’, ‘90s and beyond.

“Brisbane Festival has given our city that sense of excitement again by delivering another outstanding program. I know our local businesses, which continue to struggle because of restrictions and the lack of tourists, will be buoyed by the economic shot in the arm the Festival will bring,” said Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner.

Brisbane Festival is happening from September 3 – September 25. For tickets, the full program and more information, visit the festival website or check out the Brisbane Festival Gig Guide.