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Brisbane Events // August 11 to August 18, 2017

Brisbane Events // August 11 to August 18, 2017

Friday August 11 thru to Sunday August 20 // Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Tce, Bowen Hills

The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) is Queensland’s largest annual event. Held over ten full days (11-20 August 2017), Ekka showcases life and achievements in the Sunshine State, bringing visitors from across Queensland and Australia to the heart of Brisbane. This year marks the 140th show, and more than 400,000 people are expected to come together to celebrate Queensland’s most loved annual event. The Ekka is celebrating this milestone by introducing for the first time – the half price Twilight ticket and the early children’s fireworks show at 6pm each evening. So there will be not one but two fireworks shows each night of Show!

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Saturday August 12 from 10am – 8pm // Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm

An opportunity to play some games made in Brisbane. Play the games and chat with the creatives who made them! Brisbane and SE Queensland has a long and honourable history in the world of game making. Some of the world’s most played games have come out of our city. The game making industry is alive and vibrant here and we have a large number of passionate creative studios making gorgeous interactive entertainment. The Brisbane International Game Developers Association (brIGDA) and Game On are very proud to present a one day pop-up exhibition of some of the fine games made by local studios. Join in, play the games on show and chat to the folks who make them – discover the passion!

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Saturday August 12 from 5pm – 8pm // The Workshops Rail Museum, Level 0, ENERGEX Playasaurus Place, North St, North Ipswich

Celebrate National Science Week with a night time adventure at the Museum. Explore the five levels of science the Museum has to offer, including hands on activities, demonstrations and pop-up shows.

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Saturday August 12 from 2pm – 5pm // Museum of Brisbane, Level 3, City Hall, 64 Adelaide St, Brisbane City

Join artist in residence, Elysha Rei, for a hands-on workshop exploring her art practice including paper cutting and print-making techniques. Receive an artist’s tour of Elysha’s recently installed artwork and leave with your own artwork. Cost is $30.

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Sunday August 13 from 3pm // Sirromet Winery, Amphitheatre, 850-938 Mount Cotton Rd, Mount Cotton

Originating in France, the Burning of the Vines marks the end of harvest and the Winter pruning. Tradition involves collecting grapevine cuttings then burning them to cleanse the vineyards and celebrate the coming of the new bud bursts. Sirromet’s Inaugural Burning of the Vines Festival, will be an evening celebrating fine wines, entertainment and food around the blaze of burning vines and bonfire. Entertainment by local cover band, food trucks and Tuscan Terrace pizza’s, bar, kids rides and fireworks! Entry is FREE however you must pre-register.

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Tuesday August 15 from 9.30am – 2.30pm // Queensland Museum, Cnr Grey & Melbourne St’s, South Bank

For the first time and to celebrate National Science Week, Queensland Museum has developed a free Museum Discovery Day for Little Learners under 5 year thanks to funding from Inspiring Australia. C&K, Real World Learning, Young Engineers and Early Cognitive Development Centre will be joining the celebration setting up fun hands-on educational activity stations throughout the museum. Plus you can become an intrepid explorer and meet an insect or arachnid curator, listen to parasitology storytelling, see a wildlife show, dance like a dinosaur and more.

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Wednesday August 16 at 6pm // Ipswich Civic Centre, 50 Nicholas St, Ipswich

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is the wonderful story of a family out for a walk and on the lookout for a growling bear – they have to march through long swishy grass, wade through thick gloopy mud and even battle a snow storm before entering a big dark cave where maybe they will finally spot the glinty wet eyes of a slobbering, gigantic bear winking at them through the blackness. This 55 minute mini-musical has the essence of fun and frolics of a father who is clearly still a child at heart, his three children including a tiny intrepid bear hunter in the making – baby is strapped to dad’s back plus the family dog and of course…. a big brown cuddly bear!

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Friday August 18 thru to Saturday August 26 at 7pm // Flipside Circus Training Centre, 117 Mina Pde, Alderley

Queensland’s largest youth circus is getting ready to dazzle Brisbane audiences with their new show, The Flipside Circus Cabaret Show. The show promises a wide array of acts including trapeze, clowning, cabaret, contortion and more. The Flipside Circus Performance Troupe range in ages from 11 to 17 and come from across Brisbane’s Northside. Flipside Circus is committed to nurturing and developing Australia’s next generation of circus performers. Participants work with a regular team of trainers as well as international and local guest artists. The Flipside Circus Cabaret Show is suitable for the whole family, so come and see some of Queensland’s extraordinary young circus artists take to the stage in what promises to be a show that delights the senses.

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Thursday August 17 from 9am – 1pm // South Bank Parklands, Little Stanley Street Lawns (southern end), South Bank

Spend a morning playing, creating and discovering with your child at Little Days Out, South Bank’s free children’s program. Held amid the shady trees of the South Bank Parklands, Little Days Out is a series of free children’s workshops designed to suit all interests and skill levels. It’s on every Thursday, with locations and activities changing each week, so there’s always something new to enjoy!

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Now thru to Saturday August 19 // Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art, 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley

Be inspired by local contemporary art created from second-hand shop treasures and reused everyday materials on display at Salvage, Brisbane City Council’s Recycling Art Exhibition. The exhibition explores the creative potential of reusing and recycling household items and furniture, with an aim to inspire people to see the possibility in things that may have been thrown away. Artists found their materials in Council’s tip shops and other second-hand stores.

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