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Lauded in Paris

Exclusive to Brisbane

Classical Ballet

with Cuban Flair

Don Quixote by

Ballet Nacional de Cuba


Fashion Festival

Moves into its new home

at South Bank


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5 – 14

Brisbane Ekka 2010

The Royal

Queensland Show

RNA Showground

7 – 13

Little Stanley

Supper Club

Little Stanley

Street, South Bank

7 – 13


Fashion Festival


South Bank


Young Designers

(Night) Market

Little Stanley

Street, South Bank

7 Aug – 14 Nov

Valentino, Retrospective:


Gallery of Modern Art


11 Aug –

19 Sep

Mamma Mia


Performing Arts



Brisbane Broncos

v Parramatta Eels

Suncorp Stadium


Brisbane Lions v Adelaide Crows

The Gabba


Brisbane Roar

v Sydney FC

Suncorp Stadium

25 Aug –

12 Sep


La Boite Theatre

November OCTOBER


26 – 28

Brisbane Gypsy

Jazz Festival



4 – 25

Brisbane Festival


Brisbane Roar v

Adelaide United

Suncorp Stadium

26 – 29

Brisbane Boat Show


Convention &

Exhibition Centre

1 – 5

Brisbane Writers Festival

State Library of Queensland and

Various Venues


John Butler Trio


2 – 16

Fonteyn Remembered

Queensland Performing Arts Centre

4 – 14

St. George Bank



Film Festival

4 Nov – 5 Dec

West Side Story:



Performing Arts



Brisbane Lions v Sydney Swans

The Gabba

Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix

Suncorp Stadium

The Cat Empire

The Tivoli

6 Sep – 9 Oct



Performing Arts


24 Sep – 3 Oct

Don Quixote,

Ballet Nacional de Cuba


Performing Arts Centre

4 – 11


Designing for the

Asia Pacific

South Bank,

Cultural Centre


3 – 5

Brisbane Broncos

v Canberra Raiders

Suncorp Stadium

8 – 10


Live urban

music festival

Fortitude Valley


Leonard Cohen: World Tour

Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Sunset Opera

Suncorp Piazza, the Parklands,

South Bank

3 Sep – 12 Nov


Valentino Retrospective:


Gallery of Modern Art


Youth Alive



Brisbane Roar

v Melbourne Heart

Suncorp Stadium

8 – 17



RNA Showground



Bank Series


v Sri Lanka

The Gabba


The Sunday Mail

Suncorp Bridge

to Brisbane


Bullet For

My Valentine



Sarah Blasko


Performing Arts



Four Nations Rugby

League Series Final

Suncorp Stadium

4 – 13



Farewell Tour



Tim McGraw




29 Sep -

24 Oct


in Purgatory

La Boite Theatre


Andre Rieu




25 – 29


Ashes Series

Australia v England

The Gabba


Imagery: Valentino Evening dress Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2009-10, Look 33 // Collection: Valentino Archives. Brisbane Festival: Hugo Glendinning.





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Photographer: John Ross


As Australia’s new world city,

Brisbane is characterised by its

unpretentious flair, local charm

and adventurous creative

attitude. It’s no wonder

Brisbane inspires its visitors at

every turn.

As you’ll discover on the

following pages, there’s

a healthy mix of vibrant arts,

culture, entertainment, sports

and fashion to uncover.

From world-class performances

to world-famous fashion labels,

from urban cool to culinary

creativity, it’s all here, and it’s

happening now.

So immerse yourself in the

best of Brisbane. After all,

there’s never been a better

time to paint the town red.

In recent years, Brisbane has crafted

an enviable reputation as a true arts

and culture destination.

Testament to this are the many

‘exclusive to Brisbane’ performances

and exhibitions the city has hosted in

recent years, such as the Paris Opera

Ballet, Picasso, Andy Warhol and

American Impressionism exhibitions.

But it’s not all just international

blockbusters here; Brisbane also boasts

a flourishing independent arts scene

that’s strong on the ground, always

challenging norms and pushing

the boundaries.

Don Quixote – Ballet Nacional

de Cuba, Brisbane Exclusive

Ballet Nacional de Cuba is one of the greatest

dance companies in the world, touring and

performing to universal acclaim in every

leading city from London to St. Petersburg.

Now it’s Brisbane’s turn. To celebrate this

exclusive visit, the company is bringing their

colourful, exuberant production of Don Quixote,

based on Cervantes’ classic novel. Exclusive

Brisbane season is at Queensland Performing

Arts Centre, 24 September to 3 October.

Brisbane Festival

It doesn’t get bigger than an entire city

celebrating art and culture for 22 days.

Brisbane Festival features groundbreaking

modern dance company, Danza

Contemporánea de Cuba alongside Sutra,

a breathtaking movement piece performed

by Shaolin Warrior Monks and Shanghai Lady

Killer, a world premiere featuring a potent mix of

parkour, dance, circus and martial arts. The best

of indie music and a sexy new cabaret perform

at the fabulous Spiegeltent, and drama, circus

and music take over a specially built Festival

amphitheatre. Celebrity photographer Douglas

Kirkland’s exhibition, plus fringe theatre in the

streets, free musical theatre in local parks and

much more across the city. 4 to 25 September.


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Mamma Mia 10th Anniversary Tour

No one is immune to the feel-good factor

in Benny and Bjorn’s anthems and the show’s

popularity just continues to rise with an

estimated audience of 42 million including

1547 performances in Australia. Maybe it is time

to see Mamma Mia for the first time, or just that

one more time. Queensland Performing Arts

Centre, 11 August to 19 September.


Unlimited Designing for

the Asia Pacific

Key thinkers and doers from the Asia Pacific

meet with Queensland inventiveness when

design takes centre stage. The focus will be

on design as a means of adapting to the

broad challenges impacting our future

development and progress. The art of simplicity

applied to complex problems might just

create a beautiful future. There’ll be workshops,

thinktanks, showcases and seminars.

4 - 11 October, South Bank, Cultural precinct.

Ghost World

by Callum Morton

A streetscape for the wide screen of a child’s

imagination, ‘Ghost World’, Australian artist

Callum Morton’s first major exhibition for

children has completely transformed the

Park Level of GoMA into an interactive space

of fantasy facades where kids can encounter

art and architecture, even joining in to

create it themselves. Showing until 17 October

at the Park Level of the Children’s Art Centre

Gallery of Modern Art, South Bank.

Up Late at GoMa: Join friends at the stylish

lounge/cocktail bar at the ‘Valentino

Retrospective’ exhibition on Friday nights

from 3 September to 12 November,

5.30-10.00pm. See the exhibition, take in a

designer talk, see a fashion film and enjoy

performances by leading DJs.

La Boite Theatre: Cutting edge theatre in the

round. Don’t miss Engine - by Janis Balodis,

25 August to 12 September.

Opera Queensland presents AIDA:

Verdi’s masterpiece - a famous opera, four famous

arias, AIDA is an ancient tale of forbidden love.

16 to 30 October, Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Brisbane Writers Festival: Readers, writers,

innovators and provocateurs share, debate and

celebrate in the city. 1 to 5 September.

Douglas Kirkland: A life in pictures. 50 years of

celebrity images & photojournalism featuring

Michael Jackson, Brigit Bardot, John Lennon,

Jack Nicholson & more. 11 September –

24 October. Gallery of Modern Art.

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David Berthold

David is the Artistic

Director of La Boite

Theatre Company.

He directed Hamlet

earlier this year and

now has I Love You,

Bro onstage.

He recently returned

from London’s West End where his

production of Holding the Man opened.

He has directed for most of the major theatre

companies in Australia, as well as in London

and Berlin.

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Eat: I really like Zafron on Brunswick Street

New Farm: great Persian tastes. I also like

hanging out at Gertie’s in New Farm: good

wines. I like James St Bistro and Vue for

breakfast: New Farm again ;)

Play: Mostly the rehearsal room. Then

there’s New Farm Park, Limes, Barsoma.

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Central Summit


Return flights with Virgin Blue,

1 night accommodation in

a Studio Apartment plus

2 tickets to a La Boite Theatre



319^ $ 429^

Ibis Brisbane

Return flights with Virgin Blue,

1 night accommodation in a

Standard Room, plus an

‘A’ reserve ticket to Mamma

Mia (Queensland Performing

Arts Centre).

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Hilton Brisbane

Return flights with Virgin Blue,

1 night accommodation in

a Deluxe Room plus buffet

breakfast for 2 and 2 tickets

to Valentino Retrospective:

Past/Present/Future Exhibition.

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Imagery: Valentino Evening ensemble (detail) Haute Couture Autumn/Winter

2007–08, Model 170 // Collection: Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris // Photograph: Jean

Tholance. Cover image: Valentino Evening gown Haute Couture Spring/Summer

2003, Model 130 // Collection: Valentino Archives // Photograph: Jean Tholance

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What’s the single thread that connects

Easton Pearson, Sass and Bide, Nelson

Molloy, Paul Hunt and Juli Grbac, they

all began in Brisbane. From the sketchpad

to the catwalk, Brisbane is producing

home grown, world-class couture and

niche, up-and coming names to watch.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival

For the first of 3 years, the Mercedes-Benz Fashion

Festival takes up residence in its new home

at South Bank. Launched in multiple events

throughout South Bank, local, national and

international designers showcase their creations

along with top fashion graduates, fashion retailers

and shopping destinations. 7 – 13 August.

James Street

The home base of Sass & Bide, Juli Grbac

and Easton Pearson. The very cool Frockshop,

Vanguard and Francis Leon have just opened

in this bustling little strip that’s getting the trendy

‘rep’ without the attitude.

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Sofitel Brisbane


Return flights with Virgin Blue,

1 night accommodation in

a Superior Room, bottle of

sparkling wine on arrival,

breakfast for 2, car parking,

upgrade to next room type,

late checkout of 12 noon plus

a $50 David Jones voucher.

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Valentino, Retrospective:

Past/Present/Future Exhibition

Born in Italy, lauded by Paris, showing in Brisbane.

Valentino, Retrospective: Past/Present/Future

at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art is the only

appearance of this collection in Australia.

Worn by royalty, celebrity and high society alike,

this collection features haute couture designs

from 1959 through to the maestro’s 45th and

final show in 2008. The future is also on show

with designs from the new creative directors

of Valentino.

Fortitude Valley

The ‘go to’ place for fashion and edgy urban

shopping. A designer and urbane artists’

playground, Ann and Brunswick Streets are

the spots to be seen. Don’t miss Emporium on

Ann Street – a style mecca for Australian and

international goods, designer labels, gourmet

produce and beauty products galore.



Emporium Hotel

Return flight with Virgin Blue,

1 night accommodation in

a King Suite, bottle of French

Champagne on arrival,

valet parking and 2 tickets

to Valentino Retrospective:

Past/Present/Future Exhibition.

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For Travel 1 August - 30 November 2010. Visit for more information. Limited availability and booking fee applies.

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Vanguard is the creation

of Brisbane brothers

Jono and Sam Cottee.

The premium street

wear label embodies

the freedom,

independence and

irreverence of its wearer.

Shop: The Valley is still my favourite

place to shop in Brisbane. The Ann Street

strip features a great mix of boutiques like

Blonde Venus, The outpost and Always Habit

where you can get your hands on some of

the best local and international designers.

Play: We always like to kick off with a few

drinks at Limes rooftop bar to get the night

started. From there it’s to the Tivoli, which

has always been our favourite spot to catch

a few bands.

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Queen Street Mall: Queensland’s

premier retail destination where

you’ll find all the big brands amongst

the 700 plus retailers including

Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Oroton,

Zimmermann, Bam & Juju,

Carla Zampatti and Wayne Cooper.

Paddington: Edgy not ostentatious – that

wraps up Paddington. From vintage treats

at Retro Metro to inner urban chic, there’s

plenty to explore.

Young Designer Markets, South Bank: On the

first Sunday of every month, trawl the stalls for

one-of-a-kind pieces that aren’t yet in

New York, Milan, Melbourne or Sydney. 60 stalls

offer fashion, jewellery, art and homewares.


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Queensland’s enviable climate produces

a cornucopia of exotic tropical fruits,

impossibly fresh seafood and organically

certified harvests. In the gifted hands of

chefs on the cutting edge and venues with

style on the menu, the dining experience in

Brisbane satisfies every sense.

South Bank

The indoor–outdoor vibe on Little Stanley St is

Brisbane’s home of urbane cool with a distinctly

sub-tropical twist. High-end bar dining at

Fifth Element; burgertopia at Beastie Burgers;

exquisite modern Chinese from Obsession;

cupcake heaven from MySweetopia; Turkish

decadence at Ahmet’s and it’s a case

of je ne regrette rien at Piaf and Sardine Tin.

In the Parklands Ben O’Donoghue has gone from

surfing the menu to the South Bank Surf Club.

After August, chocolate desserts at Max Brenner

will be de rigueur then wile the night away at

DM Restaurant Jazz Bar.

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Quay West Suites

Return flights with Virgin Blue,

1 night accommodation

in a 1 Bedroom Suite,

plus high tea for 2 people.


359^ $ 319^*

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Within minutes of each other are scores of

eateries where local suits woo their international

compadres over lunch or dinner. Check out

Matt Moran’s Aria, Euro Restaurant, Barolo, Jellyfish,

Moo Moo and Vapiano for some city chic.

Fortitude Valley & New Farm

Fortitiude Valley has been a hotbed of creativity

and a mix of cultures for decades and the dining

choices reflect this. There’s the uniquely Asian

Siana Valley; Ortiga, Bar Alto, Confit Bistro and

Buffalo Club are all worth looking out for.


Under the shadows of the Gabba, a little strip

of heritage-listed buildings house the Pearl Café

with cheeky classic cuisine in a gorgeous terrace

setting. Enoteca 1889, Crosstown Eating House

and Bistrot Bistro are all local favourites.


The old police barracks are refreshed with some

contemporary architecture and aptly named

‘The Barracks’. Within, you will find Peasant’s Spanish

tapas complemented by an extensive South

American drinks list. And just like any diverse dining

precinct it is completed with the varying styles

of Montrachet (French), The Lark (contemporary

European) and Anouk (modern Australian).

Marque Hotel

Return flights with Virgin Blue,

1 night accommodation in

a Deluxe Room, select from

5 Adventure Activities at

Riverlife Adventure Centre.

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Ben O’Donoghue

As a TV presenter,

author of several

cook books and now

Executive Chef at his

new restaurant South

Bank Surf Club, Ben

has travelled the world

extensively. When it came to opening his

first restaurant, Brisbane appealed

– somewhere relaxed and welcoming

with great food and a terrific atmosphere.

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Eat: Peasant at the Barracks. I love the

atmosphere, service and good, simple

Spanish fare.

Drink: The Bowery Bar in the Valley serves the

best cocktails around. I’m a big fan of their

tequila old-fashioned.

The Bowery, Fortitude Valley:

Named after an infamous street for

speakeasies. Perfectly crafted cocktails

sipped by a chic crowd.

Farmers Markets, City: Taste the best

of the region in the middle of the

city. Every Wednesday in front of the

Treasury Casino.

Sirromet, Mount Cotton: Rarely do you find a

medal winning winery so close to a city. The

cellar door is a must.

Sling Lounge, West End: A discreet hole in

the wall with a 49 page cocktail menu. Hip

and oh so West End.

The Laneway Bar, City: Daily pressed citrus

keeps the cocktails as fresh as the décor.

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Use your newfound anonymity to

step out and experience Australian

nightlife from every angle. Brisbane’s

live music scene is as rich as a city

twice its size and Vanguard there are clubs to

cater for every taste and style of

dancing. From quiet cocktails to

live and loud, we have your name on

the door.

Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm

This building began life powering the largest

tram network in the Southern Hemisphere.

Today it is a modern venue hosting live

music sessions on weekends plus live theatre,

comedy, visiting bands, exclusive exhibitions

and two dining choices - Bar Alto and

Watt Restaurant and Bar. If you want to soak

up the winter and spring sunshine, Sundays

are a local favourite with a resident DJ

playing laidback sounds at the Park Lounge

Bar on the foreshore of the Brisbane River.

The Hi Fi, West End

Brisbane’s Hi Fi continues the franchise from

the highly successful Melbourne icon. Big name

acts and up and comers – all have strutted the

stage at the Hi Fi. If you’re in the mood for live,

it gets really lively here. For all the action perched

apart from the crowd then Vinyl, a relaxed bar

linked to the main room, is the place to be.

Cloudland, Fortitude Valley

Put your head in the clouds while your feet

take the floor. With a retractable glass roof,

a living 14 metre green wall of plants, a

10 metre waterfall and a solid hand carved

‘china white’ marble bar, there are few

nightclub experiences like Cloudland in

Australia. Dine in, dress up and experience the

silver lining of the Australian club scene.

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Havana Club, South Bank: Transport

yourself to the music bars of old

Havana. A nightly cocktail of rumba

rock, salsa and mamba. The beats are

free and everyone is welcome.

8 September – 2 October from 9pm to

late, Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

The Troubadour, Fortitude Valley: Four metres

long and four metres wide, the stage at the

Troubadour is an intimate playing field for the

softer side of the live indie music scene.

The Zoo, Fortitude Valley: A relaxed venue

where the dress code has been dropped in

favour of a “please and thank you” culture.

In any week you could encounter beats,

hip hop, jazz, rock and pop to acoustic, folk,

dub and reggae.

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Queenslanders take their sport seriously,

and if you do too, why not add your

voice to the crowd and cheer your team

on at their away game in Brisbane?

Four Nations Rugby League Series Final

The Four-Nations is played out between the

English, Kiwi, Australian, and PNG teams.

The two teams that finally face off will be well

placed for the international experience needed

prior to the 2013 World Cup. The final will be held

at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on 13 November.

The Vodafone Series Ashes

If it’s willow on leather that gets your heart

racing then catch the first ball of summer at the

Vodafone Series Ashes at the Gabba from

25 November from 10am.

Weekend of Football

Whether the ball is round or oval, the fans are just

as fanatical and you can have your pick on this

weekend. Brisbane Roar versus Wellington Phoenix

at Suncorp Stadium; while the Brisbane Lions

versus Sydney Swans at the Gabba on 28 August.

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The Sunday Mail Suncorp Bridge to

Brisbane: Remember to pack your

runners: The Sunday Mail Suncorp

Bridge to Brisbane is a 5K or 10K run

with the emphasis on fun 29 August.

Story Bridge Climb: Perched 74 metres

above the river with the best views of

the city, this is exhilaration in perfect safety.

Riverlife: Abseil down the Kangaroo Point

Cliffs – day or night with the city right

behind you. Rollerblade, mountain bike or

kayak on the river.

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Will Genia

Wallabies scrum half

Will Genia moved to

Brisbane when he was

12, having previously

been raised in Papua

New Guinea. He loves

that Brisbane has the

feel of a big city while offering the

comfort and easy living of a town.

Eat: Hanabishi Japanese Restaurant,

The Barracks - they always use fresh

ingredients to create fine food, I always

feel comfortable there and the staff are

really friendly

Drink: The Paddo Tavern has great

entertainment like karaoke and live music,

and a really friendly atmosphere to enjoy

a drink.

Play: I love chilling out with mates at the

Treasury Casino and enjoying the live music

– especially the old school renditions, as well

as the occasional bet. There’s also a range

of city restaurants and bars close by.


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