Upcoming Arts

There are a considerable number of cinema, arts, music and cultural events happening across Brisbane over the next few weeks, so here is a brief overview of some of the events on offer to the discerning citizens of Brisbane town and surrounds.

Free Films

Until March 30, the Cinemateque at GoMA is running Fairytales and Fables, a series of screenings featuring ‘cinematic renditions and reinterpretations of classic tales’. The program features classic and contemporary productions, from Jean Cocteau’s 1948 version of Beauty and the Beast to Rob Reiner’s 1987 classic The Princess Bride to very recent releases such as 2012’s Blancanieves. Screenings are every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday until the end of March and admission is FREE. For the full screening schedule, click here.

WTF

The Brisbane Powerhouse is staging the 2014 World Theatre Festival (WTF14) from next week, with a diverse series of contemporary performances from around the world. Dance, drama, music, circus, comedy, opera and puppetry are on offer at the festival, which gets underway on February 13 and runs to February 23. For more information about WTF14, contact Brisbane Powerhouse.

Flickerfest

The Flickerfest Short Film Festival touring program is back in town, screening over three nights at the Judith Wright Centre from February 27 to March 1. The sessions will feature the very best Australian and international short film productions selected from more than 2200 entries. Visit Flickerfest or Judith Wright Centre for tickets and information.

Comedy

The Brisbane Comedy Festival is on again from February 25, featuring a smorgasbord of comedy performers from Australia and around the world. High profile comedians such as Wil Anderson, Frank Woodley, Glenn Robbins, Dave O’Neil, Tom Ballard, Fiona O’Loughlin, Tom Gleeson, Peter Helliar, Hannah Gadsby, Cal Wilson, Joel Creasy and Stephen K. Amos are amongst more than 40 comedians who will take to the stage at the Brisbane Powerhouse between February 25 and March 23.

Music

The annual Soundwave Festival is on at the RNA Showgrounds on February 22 with Green Day headlining more than 90 bands/artists. Others on the bill for this celebration of all things heavy include Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, The Living End, Rob Zombie, Living Colour, Nancy Vandal and Eagles of Death Metal. Apparently, tickets are still available from Soundwave or Oztix.

On March 9, The Wickham Hotel in Fortitude Valley is staging the Big Gay Day Summer Street Party. Featuring a DJ set from none other than Boy George and performances from The Potbelleez and Sarah DeBono, among others, the festivities get underway at 12:00pm. For more information, click here.

Meanwhile, at the Cremorne Theatre at QPAC, Katie Noonan is joining forces with Brisbane-based international circus group Circa for Love-Song-Circus. Noonan’s voice is accompanied by a string quartet a piano and three acrobat/aerialists to construct a performance based on the stories of Australia’s first convict women. Love-Song-Circus runs from March 4 to March 8. Tickets and information from QPAC.

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