Games Glory in Brisbane
Soak up plenty of Commonwealth Games action right here in Brisbane. Tiana Templeman shows us how.
YOU CAN HEAD to the Gold Coast, only an hour away for the main competition venues, but Brisbane has plenty of ways to experience the excitement of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. In addition to hosting the Shooting and Track Cycling, there are arts performances, exhibitions, outdoor displays and more.
Located just 15 kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD, the new $59 million Anna Meares Velodrome is hosting the Track Cycling competition. With a variety of team and individual races, this fast-paced, hard fought competition involves a combination of speed, power, endurance and tactics on a 43-degree banked track. You will be on the edge of your seat watching events such as the 4000-metre Team Pursuit, Sprint and Time Trial. gc2018.com
Art and nature come together at Botanica, Brisbane’s first major outdoor contemporary art exhibition, which is being held in Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens from 6 to 15 April. Botanica’s outdoor galleries feature works from leading local and national artists, playful and reflective installations, workshops, artist talks, children’s activities, live events and more. Stroll amongst the lawns, trees and lagoons and enjoy the celebrations at this free CBD event from 12 noon to 8pm daily. brisbane.qld.gov.au
With precise shooting over distances from 10 metres to almost 1 kilometre, these specialist athletes need accuracy, speed, consistency and nerves of steel. Don’t miss the Fullbore pairs where men and women shoot side by side as a team. You can see this event, as well as those featuring pistols, rifles and shotguns, at the Belmont Shooting Centre. It is easy to get there using the free public transport available with your ticket. gc2018.com
FESTIVAL 2018 IN BRISBANE
Celebrate the arts at Festival 2018 with free events at South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt from 4 to 15 April. There’s a huge line-up of Australian performers throughout the program including Archie Roach, Regurgitator, Urth Boy, The Long Johns, Abbe May, Airling, Alex the Astronaut and The Preatures. Take a virtual trip to India, the Caribbean and Kiribati at the World Music Cafe or listen as The Verandah Chix share songs in different First Nations’ languages. Comedy is also on offer with 50 Shades of Black, Sean Choolburra’s laugh-out-loud comedy show blending pop culture, dance and hip hop.
HOT BROWN HONEY
Shake what your mama gave you at Hot Brown Honey, an explosive performance that blends circus and hiphop with burlesque, beat-boxing, dance and neo-soul cabaret. With a generous dash of politics, Hot Brown Honey goes above and beyond to challenge boundaries and celebrate resilience. It’s a show that is sassy, spectacular, hilarious and touchingly poignant, often within the same five minutes. See it from 4 to 7 April at the Brisbane Powerhouse. brisbanepowerhouse.org
Renowned hyperrealist artist Patricia Piccinini is bringing her most recognisable works to GOMA for “Curious Affection”, a retrospective exhibition spanning 20 years. Occupying the entire ground floor, the works include her best known weird and wonderful creations together with works, such as a large-scale inflatable sculpture, which have been especially conceived for the Gallery’s expansive spaces. Her strangely compelling, realistic sculptures are foreign and strange looking, yet familiar at the same time. qagoma.qld.gov.au