The Brisbane Festival returns for another year with a jam packed and thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and major public events such as Sunsuper Riverfire.

The Brisbane Festival brings a feast of fabulous family friendly shows to various locations around Brisbane between the 9th & 30th September. The perfect way to spend the spring school holidays!

You are spoilt for choice with free and ticketed events across 12 venues in Brisbane including everyone’s favourite children’s presenter Justine Clarke.

Highlights of this year’s festival include;

Laser Beak Man 9th-30th September
La Boite – Roundhouse Theatre
Power City was once the most beautiful city in the world – clean, pure, perfect – and local hero Laser Beak Man worked hard to keep it that way.

Kaleidoscope 26th-30th Sept
QPAC
Come and step into Ethan’s world and experience the joy of walking through shafts of colour and light – a dazzling kaleidoscope. Ethan was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was four. Because of this syndrome, he perceives everything around him differently and wonderfully. Ethan understands the world through touch, sensing his surroundings with the pads of his fingers and the tips of his toes. Kaleidoscope allows Ethan to express himself through a physical form he loves – circus.

Oliver Up A Tree 10th September
The Courier-Mail Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent Cultural Forecourt Southbank
After the success of My Family Is Weirder Than Your Family, Josh Earl (Spicks and Specks) delivers a brand new show about a small town, a big problem, and the creativity of a kind boy who brings everyone together.

Justine Clarke- Look! Look! It’s a Gobbledygook 16th & 17th September
The Courier-Mail Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent Cultural Forecourt SOUTH BANK
Based on her best-selling and award-winning book The Gobbledygook Is Eating A Book and The Gobbledygook And The Scribbledynoodle (both written with Arthur Baysting and illustrated by Tom Jellett), Justine Clarke brings her brand new show Look! Look! It’s a Gobbledygook to Brisbane Festival.

Driftwood 19th-24th September
The Courier-Mail Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent
Brisbane’s world-beating Casus Circus present their dazzling new work. In this colourful and turbulent concoction of pure joy and intimacy, Casus Circus bring a blank canvas to life and revel in our innate need for human contact.

Grug and the Rainbow 22nd-23rd Sept
QPAC
Based on the much-loved picture book character created by Australian author Ted Prior, Grug is back by popular demand! Grug began his life as the top of a Burrawang tree that fell to the ground. Fascinated by the world around him and full of determination, Grug embarks on an epic journey to reach the rainbow that always seems just beyond his grasp. Will our grassy little friend find what he’s looking for? And what fun and adventure will he have along the way?

The I Hate Children’s Show 26th September
The Courier-Mail Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent
Your little monsters will be the stars of the show as every child over the age of eight is invited on stage to help magician and world-class child-hater Paul Dabek with all sorts of magic tricks.

The Mudcakes in Concert 27th September
The Courier-Mail Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent
With songs all about the wild and wonderful ups and downs of family life in styles ranging from Hawaiian to reggae and garage rock, their highly interactive music show will have monkeys big and small up singing and dancing. (You might even find yourself onstage being a puppeteer, a cheerleader, banging a drum, or tooting a kazoo!).

The Chipolatas – Gentlemen of the Road 28th-29th September
The Courier-Mail Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent
In The Chipolatas – Gentlemen of the Road, an entertainer, an acrobat, an artist, a musician, a poet, and a clown produce inspired moments of theatrical stillness and high-octane physicality through rhythmic squeezebox, breakouts and ballads, spoken word and samples.