Brisbane Festival has unveiled a program brimming with big-name acts, more world premieres than ever, and a spectacular new light-and-laser show on the river that will see Brisbane illuminated for 22 days of celebration this September.
There will be almost 600 performances – 100 of them free – of almost 70 shows across 17 venues.
More than 1,000 artists are involved. In a coup for Queensland, Brisbane Festival will premiere eight brand new works, involving major commissions from some of Australia’s leading companies including Circa, Dancenorth and Legs on the Wall.
Program highlights include two major Riverstage music events bookending the Festival on the opening and closing nights and headlined by homegrown heroes Ball Park Music and Violent Soho; two semi-staged concerts of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece Peter Grimes, starring world leading Australian heldentenor Stuart Skelton; and #CelebrateBrisbane River of Light – a nightly, all-ages, free river show that will ignite the city with a visual feast of luminescence and life.
In a first for Brisbane Festival, the massive program is presented in three distinct acts – one for each of the three weeks of activity from 8 – 29 September.