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8 things to do in Brisbane this February

Before we know it summer is almost over – except in Brisbane. With so many events popping up across the city, Brisbane sure knows how to make the best of everyone’s favourite time of year.

Brisbane’s spectacular arts, fashion and culture scenes are in full swing so we’ve rounded up some unmissable events that are family friendly, immersive and most importantly, entertaining.

100% Brisbane

100% Brisbane is in the heart of Brisbane and will remain there until 2019 (Image: Museum of Brisbane)

If you’re travelling to Queensland’s city in the south in January or February, 100% Brisbane is a free must-see interactive exhibition if you’re curious about the city’s background, culture and history. Museum of Brisbane has partnered with German theatre company, Rimini Protokoll and has created an interactive experience like no other: 100 Brisbane residents recount personal stories, beliefs, attitudes and ideas to represent Brisbane’s wider multicultural, fascinating and inclusive culture. Traipsing through history, 100% Brisbane exhibits ancient Aboriginal history, the arrival of European settlers, the “tram days”, the Brisbane floods and brings us to the present day where the DNA of Brisbane and the unique smells of the city (mangroves, sunshine, thunderstorms and frangipani) can be experienced.

100% Brisbane
Where: City Hall, Brisbane City
When: 9am – 5pm, every day
More info here

Brisbane Comedy Festival

(Image: Brisbane Comedy Festival)

Brisbane’s funniest festival will be returning to Sunnybank, Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisbane City Hall and guarantees a good laugh. This year’s stellar line up includes Dave Hughes, Jimeoin, Joel Creasey, Matt Okine, Stephen K Amos and so much more. Brisbane Comedy kicks off on February 23 with an all-star gala and is jam packed through to March 25. Everything from sketch comedy to stand up and the terrifyingly brilliant genre of improvisation is happening at Brisbane Comedy, the country’s fastest-growing comedy festival. Tickets to all events can be purchased here.

Brisbane Comedy Festival
When: February 23 – March 25
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, City Hall and Sunpac Sunnybank
More info here

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

Installation of “Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow” (Image: Chloe Callistermon)

Brisbane is in for a real treat: the legendary and internationally-recognised contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama is bringing 60 years of her work to the Queensland Art Gallery. More than 7o separate works are on display to portray Kusama’s unparalleled finesse in adapting the verisimilitude of colour and form. From her experimental work with paint in the 1950’s, her illusion-inducing ‘net’ paintings, immersive large-scale installations and iconic infinity rooms, Life is the Heart of a Rainbowย is a rare opportunity to experience the 88-year-old’s minimalist take on vibrant pop art.

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow
Where: Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane City
When: November 4 – February 11
More info here

Boudoir Bazaar Fashion Markets

Brisbane’s most sophisticated market is returning in February and boasts national brands like Mimco, Camilla, Ginger and Smart, Zimmermann, Saba, Alex Perry and so many more. The Boudoir Bazaar Fashion Markets sell haute couture in a huge range of sizes at ridiculously reduced prices that fashion fiends would die for. Locals also put their pre-loved fashion up for grabs, meaning a huge array of old and new items and everything from accessories to jewellery and shoes can be found. As well as selling Australia’s most loved brands, Boudoir Bazaar promotes recycled and up-cycled fashion in a bid to fight the war on waste.

Boudoir Bazaar Fashion Markets
Where: Chermside Bowls Club, 468 Rode Road, Chermside
When: 10am – 2pm, February 4
More info here

Moonlight Cinema

Balmy nights and big screens are the perfect combination (Image: Time Out)

For a perfect touch to an already balmy summer night, the Moonlight Cinema is open until April and promises a top-notch selection of the latest films likeย Lady Birdย andย The Shape of Water as well as retro classics likeย The Breakfast Clubย andย Back to the Future.ย Fur babies and BYO food is welcome at Moonlight Cinema and a huge range of food trucks and bars are available each night.ย February’s film line up is expected to be released in mid-January and can be accessed here.

Moonlight Cinema
Where: New Farm Park, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
When: From 7pm. Screenings on until 4 March
More info here

A Clockwork Orange

The Brisbane Arts Theatre will bring to life Anthony Burgess’s classic anarchic novel, A Clockwork Orange with a slight twist: each night features either an all-male or all-female cast to alter the famously ultraviolent masculinity that made Burgess’s work so prolific. Stanley Kubrick’s original classical score still features in this live rendition to provide a disturbing juxtaposition for daring audiences. Brisbane Arts Theatre will be performing this intimate play until February 17 and will alternate between male and female casts throughout January and February. Tickets will quickly sell out due to the venue’s low capacity – they can be purchased here.

A Clockwork Orange
Where: Brisbane Arts Theatre, Brisbane City
When: January 6 – February 17
More info here

MindBodySpirit Festival

Australia’s largest health and wellness festival will be reigning over Brisbane for three days next month. With over 200 unique stalls offering information on everything from natural therapy, psychic readings, meditation, body pampering and of course, food. Free seminars will be held throughout the festival, as well as musical performances and cooking demonstrations. Food, drink, cosmetics, jewellery, books, clothing, crystals and giftware are all available throughout this hugely anticipated festival.

MindBodySpirit Festival
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank
When: February 23 – 25
More info here

Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance

Supercell is the brainchild of two friends who share a mutual love for dance. Years later, Supercell is a widely respected and celebrated festival with contemporary dance at its heart. Supercell champions the intense form of dance and reversibly inspired the festival’s name. Supercell will be spread across multiple venues throughout Brisbane’s city including the Judith Wright Centre and the Brisbane Powerhouse and will feature international and local artists presenting some of the most evocative dances to highlight themes such as gender, sexuality, cultural clashes, pain, limitations and human behaviour.

Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance
Where: Venues across Brisbane
When: February 10 -18
More info here

Featured image:ย The Obliteration Room,ย Yayoi Kusama,ย Chloe Callistermon

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