A Bite of Brisbane Festival

November 18, 2017

As a Creative Industries student, events like Brisbane Festival make me very excited! World class entertainment and cultural activities are delivered right to our doorstep. With something for everyone, whether it’s stand up comedy, a play or a concert, the festival is a great way to encourage Brisbanites to expand their horizons and experience something new. Each September we look forward to Brisbane coming alive with colour, inspiration and fireworks!

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to see a show at Theatre Republic, at the QUT Creative Industries precinct in Kelvin Grove. Going into Greg Fleet’s ‘Signifying Nothing’, I had no idea what to expect. The blurb on the Brisbane Festival website describes the show as “Greg Fleet’s modern take on Macbeth, set in Australian politics”, so I was intrigued to see how these two, perhaps not so different, worlds would collide… and I was not disappointed!

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Definitely humorous, at times confronting and nothing but clever, the show brought flashbacks of my high school days reciting lines from Macbeth in my English class. The somewhat unrelatable story of Macbeth was reinvented into a current context that brought to light issues such as drug use, while exaggerating (or maybe not?) the lives of our politicians. The incorporation of media, in use of a projector to display video calls and television segments, as well as a soundtrack familiar to the younger audience, drew me further into the performance.

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With only two performers and a simple bedroom setting, the storyline was easy to follow while still allowing the natural intensity to ebb and flow. I would love to see more of Greg Fleet’s work in the future and will definitely be keeping an eye out for any of his shows in Brisbane!

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Img: Brisbane Festival


I think the range of entertainment and the diversity of content the Brisbane Festival brings to the city is extremely exciting and brings a great sense of community and atmosphere with it. Riverfire is a perfect example of this! With an impressive display of fireworks lasting more than 20 minutes and aerobatics from the Australian Defence Force, the event draws crowds of people to vantage points all around the city. South Bank is always particularly busy and the atmosphere electric!

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This year, I was lucky to be part of the buzz when I was invited to the inaugural Hikari Riverfire cocktail event on the rooftop of QPAC, presented by Expose Media. With a breathtaking view of the city, Brisbane river and South Bank, it was definitely the place to be to celebrate the end of Brisbane Festival.

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Img: Pogo Entertainment

Not only was it the perfect opportunity to get dressed up and enjoy some amazing Japanese food, but expereince prime position for the fireworks and have a dance to a great DJ. Keep an eye out for the Hikari Riverfire cocktail event in 2018… it’s the event to be at for Riverfire!


AUTHOR: Jess Ryan
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