It’s on for young and old Ar­ca­dia

A city in fes­ti­val mode de­liv­ers hun­dreds of choices

Warwick Daily News - - ESCAPE - BY Sherele Moody The writer was the guest of Bris­bane Fes­ti­val, Bris­bane Mar­ket­ing and Trea­sury Bris­bane.

RIGHT now Bris­bane is in fes­ti­val mode. The city is host­ing more than 500 theatre, mu­sic, cir­cus, film and artis­tic events up un­til Septem­ber 30. Of course, only the most de­voted arts lovers will get to see ev­ery­thing that’s on the 2017 Bris­bane Fes­ti­val menu. Weekend Mag­a­zine popped into the city to taste-test some of the de­lights on of­fer.

Chef: Come Dine With Us

Funny AF! If you un­der­stand what AF means and you hate cook­ing shows and love beat box, break dancing and com­edy, do your­self a favour and get your­self into the Chef: Come Dine With Us au­di­ence. Pronto!

Even if you don’t agree with any of the above, go any­way be­cause I guar­an­tee you will cry with laugh­ter.

This show is the fun­ni­est thing I have seen in a long, long time. Beat box artists Seongjun Park and Dae­han Wii pro­vide jaw-dropping sound ef­fects as a pair of ri­val chefs and their ap­pren­tices go head to head in a bunch of hi­lar­i­ous cook-offs.

Au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion is huge in this South Korean pro­duc­tion that is equal parts lu­di­crous and ab­surd.

And funny AF! ◗ Venue: Pow­er­house, New Farm. Fi­nal show, 7.30pm, Satur­day, Septem­ber 16.

Fun House

THIS funny, colour-filled mad­house piece of theatre is jam-packed with mu­sic, ac­ro­bat­ics, dancing, singing, com­edy and jump­ing cas­tles.

Per­formed in the spa­cious South Bank Pi­azza, it is prob­a­bly not the best op­tion for chil­dren given that the hu­mour is sug­ges­tive and of­ten rib­ald.

Stars Spencer Novich and Trygve Wak­en­shaw are the glue that holds the 70-minute mish-mash of cir­cus-in­spired may­hem to­gether.

Their sexy uni­corn and zany rab­bit per­sonas lead the tal­ented cast through ukulele jams, tightrope walk­ing, trapeze, an awe­some hula-hoop dis­play and sky-high ac­ro­bat­ics.

◗ Venue: South Bank Pi­azza. Ends, Septem­ber 24.

Per Te

IF you go into Per Te un­der­stand­ing the back story it will have a greater im­pact. Writer-di­rec­tor Daniele Finzi Pasca, of Switzer­land’s Com­pag­nia Finzi Pasca, lost his wife and long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor Julie Hamelin Finzi late last year. Finzi

was 43 years old when she died. Per Te, trans­lated as Ded­i­cated to You Dear Julie, is beau­ti­ful.

How­ever, it is hard at times to fol­low the story. The nar­ra­tive is ex­tremely fluid as the cast “re­hearses” a mish-mash of scenes that Julie planned to put into the show she never fin­ished cre­at­ing.

While you may strug­gle with the dis­jointed sto­ry­line, there is no doubt the im­agery and the­atrics will keep you trans­fixed.

The cast uses gi­ant hoops as horses, and a snow scene is re­mark­able in its chilly re­al­ness. If you like Euro­pean clown­ing, gen­tle ac­ro­bat­ics and per­form­ers with sexy ac­cents, Per Te will not dis­ap­point.

◗ Venue: QPAC Play­house. Fi­nal show, 7.30pm, Septem­ber 16.

SET up along the South Bank prom­e­nade, be­tween the ABC stu­dios and the Bris­bane Mu­seum, Ar­ca­dia is the place to hang out and soak up the fes­ti­val at­mos­phere. There are plenty of fun things to do, see, hear and eat as you laze away the af­ter­noon and evening along the banks of the Bris­bane River.

The food ven­dors serve up gourmet op­tions that won’t break the av­er­age fam­ily’s bud­get. The Salome Lounge is the place for adults to put their feet up and sip some fine wine.

The Lit­tle Crea­tures LIVE bar offers beer and grooves with a se­lec­tion of ex­cel­lent per­form­ers sched­uled from Tues­day to Sun­day.

Watch out for per­for­mances from Jenny Wyn­ter, June Low, Lizzie Moore and Michael Tuahine.

And make sure you check out the fa­mous Spiegel­tent. It re­ally is an awe-in­spir­ing mag­i­cal won­der. Thelma Plum and Ali Barter are both on Spiegel­tent’s lists of up­com­ing per­form­ers.

Fire­works lovers will throng to the wa­ter­front for the River­fire spectacular on Septem­ber 30. The fun starts at 4pm, with the 20-minute fire­works dis­play to be­gin at a child-friendly 7pm. UV boi is the main guest for the River­fire after-party.

◗ Venue: South Bank, Bris­bane: Open ev­ery day of the fes­ti­val


◗ Cast mem­bers from left, Jooha Song, Miny­oung Lim and Taemin Jung from Bris­bane Fes­ti­val’s Chef: Come Dine With Us and, top right, Per Te cast mem­bers per­form.

THE NEWCOMER: Bris­bane Fes­ti­val, which dom­i­nates the city for three weeks, only be­gan in 1996, evolv­ing from the Warana Fes­ti­val.

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