Despite the current lockdown, Brisbane Festival is forging ahead to deliver a Festival in September.

Artistic Director Louise Bezzina said the Festival team is committed to delivering a Brightly Brisbane program of events that will fill the city with art, music and joy from 3 – 25 September.

“We’ve been here before, and we’ll do it again. We are in the business of bringing joy to Brisbane and we will present a COVID-safe program appropriate for the current environment at the time,” Ms Bezzina said.
“The wellbeing of audiences and community, as well as artists, staff and volunteers, remains Brisbane Festival’s top priority and the program will be adjusted to meet the evolving restrictions and requirements of Queensland’s Chief Health Officer”.
“2020 was the year of pivot and flex. This year we will ‘pirouette’ in response to the world around us; we remain excited and on track toward a Brightly Brisbane September”.
“There will be some cancellations and changes to the program in response to border closures, however once again our local artists will shine”.
“Supporting the local arts industry is vital during these challenging times and Brisbane Festival is collaborating with artists and producers to move community workshops and rehearsals online to continue preparations during this current lockdown period,” Ms Bezzina said.
Brisbane Festival 2020 was one of the first major events in Australia held post-pandemic and will again work alongside the Chief Health Officer and Queensland Health to confidently deliver a vibrant and COVID Safe Festival in 2021.
The Festival is working hard to find new and innovative ways to reimagine and present this year’s program and is excited to announce new productions and performances in coming weeks, including three major events just announced:
Hugh Sheridan LIVE! l Friday 3 September l South Bank Piazza, BOQ Festival Garden | Tickets on sale from 11am, 13 August.

Hugh Sheridan has become a household name, charming fans on stage and screen year after
year with his smooth voice, toe-tapping tunes and powerhouse performances. This is the essential show for Hugh Sheridan fans and fans of jazz, swing, blues, pop and everything that made the Crooners a worldwide hit. Backed by his full band and special guests, Hugh Sheridan’s solo show takes audiences on a journey through the songs and stories that have influenced and shaped his life and career. This is a rare opportunity to look into the heart and soul of Hugh Sheridan as he bares all in a truly exclusive experience.

Cover Up l 21 & 22 September l South Bank Piazza, BOQ Festival Garden| on sale now
Join cult cabaret kids and musical masterminds, Briefs Factory and Betty Smokes & The Forgetaboudits for a World Premiere production as they reinvent chart-topping, pub-rocking classics to celebrate some of the greatest hits of all time, including songs by The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Spice Girls, Dua Lipa and Sam Smith.
COLLISION l 17 – 23 September l The Warehouse, Northshore Hamilton | on sale now
An explosion for your senses, COLLISION is a cross-pollination of contemporary circus and urban and street dance, teaming together two Brisbane dynamos, Casus Circus and Mad Dance House.
Brisbane Festival has announced changes to its 2021 program to reflect the continued disruptions and restrictions of COVID-19.

The following performances will be cancelled.

Brisbane Festival will notify all affected ticketholders who will be issued a full refund.
o David Campbell: Back in the Swing l Friday 3 September l South Bank Piazza, BOQ Festival Garden
Brisbane Festival is thrilled that Hugh Sheridan LIVE! will replace David Campbell: Back in the Swing as the opening night gala event in South Bank Piazza, BOQ Festival Garden. Tickets will be available for sale from 11am, 13 August.

o plenty serious TALK TALK l 11 – 15 September l La Boite’s Roundhouse Theatre
The following shows at The Princess Theatre and The Tivoli will be postponed, with new dates to be confirmed in coming weeks. Ticket holders are requested to hold onto their tickets until contacted by Ticketmaster. The artists, venues and arts workers thank the public for continuing to support live music and the arts in this difficult time.

o Enemies of Grooviness Eat Sh!t | 15 – 17 September | The Princess Theatre
o Boy & Bear | 16 – 17 September | The Tivoli

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