Games Glory in Bris­bane

Soak up plenty of Com­mon­wealth Games ac­tion right here in Bris­bane. Tiana Tem­ple­man shows us how.

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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.


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. bris­


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.


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.


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. bris­banepow­er­


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.

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