Brisbane Festival

Brisbane Festival is one of Australia's leading international arts festivals.

2009 will be one of the most exciting years in Brisbane Festival’s history as it will be presented in its new annual format and coincide with celebrations to mark the sesquicentenary of Brisbane and Queensland’s foundation.  

For three weeks from 12 September to 3 October outstanding international and Australian artists and productions, free world-class events, emerging fringe theatre, spectacular fireworks, inspiring conversation and debate will fill the theatres, parks and suburban streets for Brisbane Festival 2009. The Festival combines with the former annual Riverfestival to make it one of the largest, most inclusive and diverse arts festivals in Australia.

One if the hightlights is QBE Riverfire, which  promises to be a pyrotechnic and musical extravaganza, bringing the city's skies, buildings, bridges, riverbanks and backyards to life as Brisbane Festival 2009's Opening Night festivities unite hundreds of thousands of people in celebration.

The party will burst into life well before the sun goes down and the roar of the F-111* strike jets signals the start of the spectacular fireworks display. People arriving early to claim the best vantage points will have plenty to keep them entertained with 104.5 Triple M's outside broadcast and the Australian Defence Force putting on a jam-packed programme at South Bank featuring aircraft, drills and live music from 12 noon.

From 5pm the Roulettes* will take to the skies and Channel Seven will go to air LIVE with Queensland Weekender's "Brisbane Festival Special" from 5.30pm - all building up to the moment when all eyes are raised to the sky and faces feel the heat as the F-111s sweep low to perform the 'dump and burn' and a million feet can't help but tap along to Triple M 104.5FM's pumping soundtrack.

Brisbane's night of nights returns, bigger and even better, to signal the opening of the largest festival the city has ever seen.

Brisbane Festival 2009
Dates and Venues:

Brisbane 12/09/-03/10/09 Venues throughout Brisbane
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QBE Riverfire
Dates and Venues:

Brisbane 12/09/09 Brisbane and vantage points around the city

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